Definition of regime in US English:


(also régime)


  • 1A government, especially an authoritarian one.

    • ‘On World Freedom Day, we also recognize that more than two billion people still live under authoritarian regimes.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, in southern Europe, Spain, Portugal, and Greece were ruled by authoritarian regimes.’
    • ‘The populations in South Korea and Taiwan suffered at the hands of brutal, US-backed authoritarian regimes.’
    • ‘Taiwan is a full democracy and North Korea, like the PRC, is a communist totalitarian regime.’
    • ‘In reply, Van Auken explained that the Soviet Stalinist regime had proven a false counterweight to imperialism.’
    • ‘And then the United States supported various oppressive regimes throughout the region.’
    • ‘This sort of empty democratic trapping is a hallmark of authoritarian regimes.’
    • ‘Over the last 30 years they have fought dictatorial regimes in order to gain their freedom.’
    • ‘Their puppet regime was overthrown by Fidel, and they will never forget.’
    • ‘The 1979 revolution overthrew a vicious dictatorial regime supported by the West.’
    • ‘The regime ordered the soldiers to shoot at them but they didn't because how can you shoot at two million people?’
    • ‘Who could argue with taking action against the regime responsible for such outrages?’
    • ‘For all their crafty appeals to lower-middle-class grouses, fascist regimes left existing patterns of property and social class largely intact.’
    • ‘Governments and regimes around the world were classified as either friendly or injurious to American interests.’
    • ‘Nkosi explained that Sisulu was the invisible power behind Mandela's successful defiance of the oppressive apartheid regime.’
    • ‘For one, wages tend to be lower in authoritarian regimes than in democracies, giving businesses in dictatorships a monetary advantage in selling exports abroad.’
    • ‘Has the United States supported oppressive regimes in the region?’
    • ‘Additionally, religion has been used to blunt criticism of, and apologize for, illegitimate regimes and social orders.’
    • ‘World Bank figures in 2000 showed that the number of authoritarian regimes had fallen from 70 in 1980 to 30.’
    government, authorities, system of government, rule, reign, dominion, sovereignty, jurisdiction, authority, control, command, administration, establishment, direction, management, leadership
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  • 2A system or planned way of doing things, especially one imposed from above.

    ‘detention centers with a very tough physical regime’
    • ‘It would in effect change the regime from a reference system to an appellate one.’
    • ‘Additional measures could have further refined and strengthened the sanctions regime.’
    • ‘The next proposal is to simplify the tax regimes for pensions.’
    • ‘‘We have requested Burgoynes to focus on the Assured's cleaning regimes in order to ensure that compliance has occurred’.’
    • ‘Eventually her interest in the family superseded her interest in the tax regime and she then devoted all of her time to it.’
    • ‘Of course, economists apply additional tests to tax regimes.’
    • ‘Once that secret program was found, Blix seized the opportunity to strengthen the entire global nonproliferation regime.’
    • ‘All this maybe for naught, however, if the new tax regime fails to stand up to WTO scrutiny.’
    • ‘The different tax regimes operating in different countries make it difficult to judge the relative competitiveness of the Irish market.’
    • ‘Why does a trade regime become unfair if it tries to promote these same principles internationally?’
    • ‘This is indeed the desire of many more Zambians outside the public service spectrum who have also been complaining about poor salaries and the high tax regimes.’
    • ‘The great majority of these sanction regimes have been imposed in the post - Cold War period.’
    • ‘I recommend Dr Warren's latest observations about the myths and realities of tax regimes.’
    • ‘The tougher regime should also stop a rather dubious practice in the mortgage industry.’
    • ‘The review committee's response was to recommend the establishment of a licensing regime for payment systems.’
    • ‘The eight different pension tax regimes should be reduced to three and the aim should be to reduce these to one.’
    • ‘He had almost succeeded in having the inspection regime removed.’
    • ‘At his junior seminary in Cumbria, the outwardly pious enforced a regime of physical and sexual abuse.’
    • ‘Serious questions arise, however, as to whether health privacy regimes should place any limits on the collection of patient data, at least for purposes related to treatment.’
    • ‘Besides, why would any Bermudian wish to live in Europe with its cold climate and harsh tax regimes?’
    system, arrangement, scheme, code
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    1. 2.1 A coordinated program for the promotion or restoration of health; a regimen.
      ‘a low-calorie, low-fat regime’
      • ‘Bladder instillation therapy regimes are described in Table 1.’
      • ‘There was a greater reduction in falls in the programmes with more intense exercise regimes.’
      • ‘Almost 32, he pushes himself through one of the toughest regimes on the tour, dashing up and down hills before pumping iron and spending hours on the practice court.’
      • ‘The results of our meta-analysis show that medium dose aspirin may more successfully reduce graft occlusion than low dose regimes within the first year after coronary surgery.’
      • ‘She joined a gym and restarted the programme with an exercise regime based on what she had done for rehabilitation.’
      • ‘Improvement of health and well-being can follow a training regime to bring the breathing pattern back to normal.’
      • ‘We are bombarded with advice on how to lose those pounds, by means of diet plans, fitness regimes, even surgery.’
      • ‘Many chemotherapy treatment regimes, not least those that include methylating agents, are carcinogenic in patients surviving long term.’
      • ‘She has a chart for a typical patient's eight-week therapy on various regimes.’
      • ‘They range from implementation of complex treatment regimes to operating life-support systems in intensive care units.’
      • ‘Thus, all patients get all drugs, making medical regimes complex and costly.’
      • ‘Subsequently, he twice developed lymphoma and had to undergo brutal regimes of chemotherapy.’
      • ‘The Best of Health, the Bellshill-based direct sales company for one of the world's most popular health regimes, is expanding into America and Scandanavia.’
      • ‘The narcissistic quest for health through austere regimes of diet and exercise, abstinence and discipline reflects a denial of the inevitability of death.’
      • ‘An ageing population means increasing medical complications and multiple treatments, procedures therapies and drug regimes.’
      • ‘Vocal critics abound and many new dietary regimes suggest limiting grain products rather than encouraging them.’
      • ‘Orthodox medicine adopted sea-bathing and advocated formal therapeutic bathing regimes, for patients suffering from a variety of diseases.’
      • ‘Clearly, better evidence relevant to primary care is needed before we firmly advocate treatment regimes for obesity.’
      • ‘The Madonna Method insists on a tough regime: no mess, no television, no argument.’
      • ‘However, this does not lessen the importance of communication programmes to ensure that patients adhere to difficult and complex treatment regimes.’
    2. 2.2 The conditions under which a scientific or industrial process occurs.
      • ‘Peds are blocky structures formed in soils as a result of wetting and drying processes under seasonal climate regimes.’
      • ‘However, their concentration is governed by the hydrological regime of the river systems.’
      • ‘However, there are regimes in which a process similar to stochastic resonance operates and amplifies pattern selectivity.’


Late 15th century (in the sense ‘regimen’): French régime, from Latin regimen ‘rule’ (see regimen). Sense 1 dates from the late 18th century (with original reference to the Ancien Régime).