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

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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 News of the testing regiment comes just two weeks ahead of when some city firefighters are expected to be administered the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "‘Diddy’ delivers, chicken coops, New Year’s Eve restrictions: News from around our 50 states," 31 Dec. 2020 The regiment earned renown for leading thousands of men in the July 18, 1863, storming of Fort Wagner, an eyetooth in the jaw of defenses around Charleston Harbor. Washington Post, "How a forensic artist attempted to re-create the face of a Black Civil War soldier," 28 Dec. 2020 Under the contract through Operation Warp Speed the two companies must schedule three clinics at the facilities to give to two-shot regiment to all residents and staff who want it. Dave Altimari,, "Connecticut nursing home will be among first in country to get vaccine on Friday," 16 Dec. 2020 Even Governor Andrew’s offer to pay the $3 difference out of state funds was met with a stern refusal by the regiment. Kevin M. Levin, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why ‘Glory’ Still Resonates More Than Three Decades Later," 15 Sep. 2020 Racial discrimination of an all-Black Army regiment by white locals and cops leads the violent Houston riot of 1917. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Need a holiday escape? 100 entertaining movies from 2020 you still have time to stream," 21 Dec. 2020 In another dosing regiment, when two full doses were administered, the vaccine was 62 percent effective, researchers said, resulting in combined average efficacy of 70 percent. Saphora Smith, NBC news, "AstraZeneca says its coronavirus vaccine can be around 90 percent effective," 23 Nov. 2020 Our cavalry regiment surprised the Iraqi Republican Guard by coming out of an unexpected corner of the desert — despite their forces’ being prepared and awaiting our advance for weeks. John Hillen, National Review, "How to Remember Pearl Harbor Day," 7 Dec. 2020 During World War II, the regiment served in Fiji, Bougainville and the Philippines. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Today’s Headlines: A treacherous phase in the pandemic," 7 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Airlines were formerly regulated as a public utility by the Civil Aeronautics Board, which regimented routes and ticket prices. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "An Airline Bailout Should Have More Strings Attached Than a Harp," 11 Apr. 2020 Despite being in the altitude, the practices were regimented and long. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "How John Beilein’s coaching tenure with Cleveland Cavaliers crumbled so quickly: Chris Fedor," 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, "Victor Oladipo practices full court 5-on-5 Tuesday for first time since January injury," 12 Nov. 2019 Schedules are set, the practices regimented, the paychecks stable. Los Angeles Times, "Alix Klineman’s transition to beach volleyball has been everything she and April Ross could have hoped for," 15 Aug. 2019 Routines are typically regimented in the hockey world. Matthew Defranks,, "After elimination in the afternoon, Panthers beat Sabres in home finale," 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,, "How the 76ers' T.J. McConnell Morphed from Undrafted to Invaluable," 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,, "South Jersey beekeepers stung by proposed state regulations," 4 Feb. 2018 House, who played the past two seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, said his former team regimented anthem decorum. Ryan Wood, USA TODAY, "Packers stress national anthem's importance amid NFL protests," 17 Aug. 2017

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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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“Regiment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of regiment

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a military unit that is usually made of several large groups of soldiers (called battalions)



English Language Learners Definition of regiment (Entry 2 of 2)

: to organize and control (something) strictly
: to control the behavior of (people) strictly


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

Kids Definition of regiment

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

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