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Examples of regimen in a sentence
with the start of the new year, a new party will have regimen over the nation and, hopefully, bring some much-needed change
Did You Know?
We borrowed "regimen" straight from Latin, spelling and all - but in Latin, the word simply meant "rule" or "government." In English, it usually refers to a system of rules or guidelines, often for living a healthy life or taking a regular dose of exercise. The Latin regimen derives from another Latin word, the verb "regere," which means "to lead straight" or "to rule." If you trace straight back from "regere," you'll find that "regimen" has plenty of lexical kin, including "correct," "erect," "region," "rule," and "surge." If you are using the "training" sense of "regimen," be careful not to confuse the word with "regiment," another "regere" descendant, which is used for a military unit.
Origin and Etymology of regimen
Middle English, from Medieval Latin regimin-, regimen position of authority, direction, set of rules, from Latin, steering, control, from regere to direct
First Known Use: 14th century
REGIMEN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of regimen for English Language Learners
: a plan or set of rules about food, exercise, etc., to make someone become or stay healthy
REGIMEN Defined for Kids
Definition of regimen for Students
: a systematic course of action a daily exercise regimen
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