reg·​i·​ment | \ ˈre-jə-mənt How to pronounce regiment (audio) , ˈrej-mənt \

Definition of regiment

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a military unit consisting usually of a number of battalions
2 archaic : governmental rule


reg·​i·​ment | \ ˈre-jə-ˌment How to pronounce regiment (audio) \
regimented; regimenting; regiments

Definition of regiment (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to organize rigidly especially for the sake of regulation or control regiment an entire country
b : to subject to order or uniformity
2 : to form into or assign to a regiment

Other Words from regiment


regimentation \ ˌre-​jə-​mən-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce regiment (audio) , -​ˌmen-​ \ noun

Examples of regiment in a Sentence

Verb They carefully regiment their son's diet. She criticized the way the school regiments its students by having strict rules.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Drawn from a regiment that had served in Chechnya, the brigade was established on Jan. 1, 2009, shortly after Russia’s war in Georgia, Colonel Krasny said. New York Times, 22 May 2022 But Russian lawmakers have spoken harshly of the Azov regiment. Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2022 That optimism is mirrored in Kyiv’s suburbs, where locals are beginning to rebuild after spending a hellish March under the occupation of a particularly brutal Russian regiment. Washington Post, 9 May 2022 The deputy commander of the Azov regiment, who was among the troops remaining in Mariupol, said the Russian military dropped heavy bombs on the steel plant, which has been a strong fighting position for Ukrainian defenders. Celina Tebor, USA TODAY, 20 Apr. 2022 Boychenko said that some of the marines managed to join the Azov regiment, while others were captured by the Russians. Yuras Karmanau, ajc, 15 Apr. 2022 An entire Afghan regiment guarded Chinese engineers at the site compound. Samya Kullab, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 Mar. 2022 An entire Afghan regiment guarded Chinese engineers at the site compound. Samya Kullab, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 Mar. 2022 An entire Afghan regiment guarded Chinese engineers at the site compound., 27 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And so long as men die, liberty will never perish… Don’t give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you, enslave you, who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel! Chris Willman, Variety, 18 Apr. 2022 Airlines were formerly regulated as a public utility by the Civil Aeronautics Board, which regimented routes and ticket prices. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 11 Apr. 2020 Despite being in the altitude, the practices were regimented and long. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 19 Feb. 2020 The coach explained that Tuesday’s full-court practice with the Mad Ants wasn’t necessarily part of Oladipo’s regimented rehab program and won’t be a daily occurrence still for some time, but things went well nonetheless. Nathan Brown, Indianapolis Star, 12 Nov. 2019 Schedules are set, the practices regimented, the paychecks stable. Los Angeles Times, 15 Aug. 2019 Routines are typically regimented in the hockey world. Matthew Defranks,, 8 Apr. 2018 Nash’s private training infuses pliability exercises and dynamic, explosive movements into otherwise regimented on-court workouts, as if yoga and basketball molded an entirely different sport. Jake Fischer,, 5 Mar. 2018 And despite bees’ astoundingly complex industriousness — not to mention their fascinating, if regimented, social lives — the tiny creatures that help put fruits, veggies, and even nuts (such as almonds) on our tables need our help. Kevin Riordan,, 4 Feb. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of regiment


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1617, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for regiment


Middle English, from Middle French, from Late Latin regimentum, alteration of Latin regimen

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reg·​i·​ment | \ ˈre-jə-mənt How to pronounce regiment (audio) \

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: a military unit made up usually of a number of battalions


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