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[ruh-zheem, rey-, or, sometimes, -jeem] /rəˈʒim, reɪ-, or, sometimes, -ˈdʒim/
a mode or system of rule or government:
a dictatorial regime.
a ruling or prevailing system.
a government in power.
the period during which a particular government or ruling system is in power.
Medicine/Medical, regimen (def 1).
Also, régime.
Origin of regime
1770-80; < French régime < Latin regimen regimen
Can be confused
regime, regimen, regiment. Unabridged
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  • It's no wonder that you're in support of continuing the regime of standardized testing.
  • So if some people rebel, others may follow, thinking that their rebellion may be a sign of the regime's weakness.
  • Symbolically, it is the lungs of the regime, where its noxious but effective televised propaganda is authored.
  • The regime executed people who tried to adapt by engaging in private business.
  • The regime of which the dollar is the centerpiece, in its role as the world's reserve currency, is now teetering.
  • He is asked only to stay in fighting form and to defend the regime in times of trouble.
  • At times these songs got artists into conflicts with the regime but they also helped fuel the people's resolve.
  • The surface hydrology, humidity regime and nutrient cycles are disrupted.
  • But change doesn't end after the barricades have been stormed and a new regime has been installed in place of the old one.
  • The result is a kind of phase change when the flow changes dramatically from one regime to another.
British Dictionary definitions for regime


a system of government or a particular administration: a fascist regime, the regime of Fidel Castro
a social system or order
(med) another word for regimen (sense 1)
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Latin regimen guidance, from regere to rule
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Word Origin and History for regime

"system of government or rule," 1792, from French régime, from Old French regimen (14c.), from Latin regimen "rule, guidance, government, means of guidance, rudder," from regere (see regal). Earlier "course of diet, exercise," late 15c. In French, l'ancien régime refers to the system of government before the revolution of 1789.

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regime in Medicine

regime re·gime (rā-zhēm', rĭ-)
A regulated system, as of diet and exercise; a regimen.

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regime in Culture
regime [(ray-zheem, ri-zheem)]

An administration, or a system of managing government.

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