re·​gime | \ rā-ˈzhēm How to pronounce regime (audio) , ri- also ri-ˈjēm\
variants: or less commonly régime

Definition of regime

b : a regular pattern of occurrence or action (as of seasonal rainfall)
c : the characteristic behavior or orderly procedure of a natural phenomenon or process
2a : mode of rule or management
b : a form of government a socialist regime
c : a government in power
d : a period of rule

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Examples of regime in a Sentence

The new regime is sure to fall. Under the new regime, all workers must file a weekly report. He was put on a strict exercise regime.
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This regime was sanctioned by the Supreme Court’s decision in Buck v. Bell (1927). Alexandra Desanctis, National Review, "Bernie Sanders Advocates Population Control in ‘Poor Countries’," 5 Sep. 2019 In the sequel, Atwood focuses on how tyrannical regimes destroy themselves. David Canfield,, "The Handmaid's Tale," 3 Sep. 2019 Inter striker Romelu Lukaku has lost 3kg since joining the Serie A side, thanks to a strict regime put in place by new manager Antonio Conte., "Romelu Lukaku Loses Significant Weight Following Strict Diet Under Antonio Conte," 30 Aug. 2019 His inability to seize the job, however, made moving on a possibility, considering Joseph was brought in last season by this regime and had good moments, missing just three of 20 field goals. Dan Labbe,, "Austin Seibert’s four field goals put him in strong position in Browns’ kicking competition," 24 Aug. 2019 But those jabs were misguided, spun by malcontents to stoke anger against an iniquitous regime the queen neither created nor controlled. Jeffrey Westbrook. Styled By Will Kahn, Town & Country, "Bourgeouis? Moi? This Season Is Fashion's Rich Girl Revenge," 22 Aug. 2019 Before her tenure concluded however, former prime minister Theresa May presented a post-Brexit immigration regime focused on prioritizing skilled migrants. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "There is increasing evidence Africans are being unfairly denied UK visas," 20 Aug. 2019 Every single public school will be renamed after a child that was kidnapped by this regime. Robyn Merrett,, "Tommy Lee Reshares Explosive Rant That Lays into Donald Trump Supporters," 9 Aug. 2019 Since the uprising, Tunisia’s politics have often been reduced to a struggle between Islamists and secularists, or between entrenched labour unions and powerful businessmen linked to the old regime. The Economist, "Tunisians say goodbye to President Beji Caid Essebsi," 1 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of regime

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for regime

French régime, from Old French regimen, regime, from Late Latin regimin-, regimen

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English Language Learners Definition of regime

: a form of government : a particular government
: a system of management


re·​gime | \ rā-ˈzhēm How to pronounce regime (audio) , ri-\

Kids Definition of regime

1 : a form or system of government a military regime
2 : regimen


re·​gime | \ rā-ˈzhēm, ri- also ri-ˈjēm\

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re·​gime | \ rā-ˈzhēm, ri-\

Legal Definition of regime

: a system of principles, rules, or regulations for administration (as of property) the mandatory consecutive sentencing regimePeople v. Garcia, 642 N.E.2d 1077 (1994) community property regime used especially in the civil law of Louisiana

Note: Under the Louisiana Civil Code there are various regimes for various types of property, such as community or separate property. These regimes, while usually established by the law, may also be modified or created by agreement of the parties.

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