Definition of regime in English:


(also régime)


  • 1A government, especially an authoritarian one.

    • ‘Over the last 30 years they have fought dictatorial regimes in order to gain their freedom.’
    • ‘On World Freedom Day, we also recognize that more than two billion people still live under authoritarian regimes.’
    • ‘Additionally, religion has been used to blunt criticism of, and apologize for, illegitimate regimes and social orders.’
    • ‘The populations in South Korea and Taiwan suffered at the hands of brutal, US-backed authoritarian regimes.’
    • ‘The 1979 revolution overthrew a vicious dictatorial regime supported by the West.’
    • ‘And then the United States supported various oppressive regimes throughout the region.’
    • ‘Governments and regimes around the world were classified as either friendly or injurious to American interests.’
    • ‘World Bank figures in 2000 showed that the number of authoritarian regimes had fallen from 70 in 1980 to 30.’
    • ‘Nkosi explained that Sisulu was the invisible power behind Mandela's successful defiance of the oppressive apartheid regime.’
    • ‘This sort of empty democratic trapping is a hallmark of authoritarian regimes.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘For all their crafty appeals to lower-middle-class grouses, fascist regimes left existing patterns of property and social class largely intact.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, in southern Europe, Spain, Portugal, and Greece were ruled by authoritarian regimes.’
    • ‘Taiwan is a full democracy and North Korea, like the PRC, is a communist totalitarian regime.’
    • ‘Their puppet regime was overthrown by Fidel, and they will never forget.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘In reply, Van Auken explained that the Soviet Stalinist regime had proven a false counterweight to imperialism.’
    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’
    • ‘The review committee's response was to recommend the establishment of a licensing regime for payment systems.’
    • ‘‘We have requested Burgoynes to focus on the Assured's cleaning regimes in order to ensure that compliance has occurred’.’
    • ‘The different tax regimes operating in different countries make it difficult to judge the relative competitiveness of the Irish market.’
    • ‘The great majority of these sanction regimes have been imposed in the post - Cold War period.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It would in effect change the regime from a reference system to an appellate one.’
    • ‘The tougher regime should also stop a rather dubious practice in the mortgage industry.’
    • ‘Besides, why would any Bermudian wish to live in Europe with its cold climate and harsh tax regimes?’
    • ‘The next proposal is to simplify the tax regimes for pensions.’
    • ‘Additional measures could have further refined and strengthened the sanctions regime.’
    • ‘Of course, economists apply additional tests to tax regimes.’
    • ‘He had almost succeeded in having the inspection regime removed.’
    • ‘Eventually her interest in the family superseded her interest in the tax regime and she then devoted all of her time to it.’
    • ‘Once that secret program was found, Blix seized the opportunity to strengthen the entire global nonproliferation regime.’
    • ‘The eight different pension tax regimes should be reduced to three and the aim should be to reduce these to one.’
    • ‘Why does a trade regime become unfair if it tries to promote these same principles internationally?’
    • ‘All this maybe for naught, however, if the new tax regime fails to stand up to WTO scrutiny.’
    • ‘I recommend Dr Warren's latest observations about the myths and realities of tax regimes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At his junior seminary in Cumbria, the outwardly pious enforced a regime of physical and sexual abuse.’
    system, arrangement, scheme, code
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    1. 2.1A coordinated program for the promotion or restoration of health; a regimen.
      ‘a low-calorie, low-fat regime’
      • ‘Orthodox medicine adopted sea-bathing and advocated formal therapeutic bathing regimes, for patients suffering from a variety of diseases.’
      • ‘She joined a gym and restarted the programme with an exercise regime based on what she had done for rehabilitation.’
      • ‘The Madonna Method insists on a tough regime: no mess, no television, no argument.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Thus, all patients get all drugs, making medical regimes complex and costly.’
      • ‘She has a chart for a typical patient's eight-week therapy on various regimes.’
      • ‘An ageing population means increasing medical complications and multiple treatments, procedures therapies and drug regimes.’
      • ‘Subsequently, he twice developed lymphoma and had to undergo brutal regimes of chemotherapy.’
      • ‘Clearly, better evidence relevant to primary care is needed before we firmly advocate treatment regimes for obesity.’
      • ‘They range from implementation of complex treatment regimes to operating life-support systems in intensive care units.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There was a greater reduction in falls in the programmes with more intense exercise regimes.’
      • ‘Bladder instillation therapy regimes are described in Table 1.’
      • ‘Vocal critics abound and many new dietary regimes suggest limiting grain products rather than encouraging them.’
      • ‘The narcissistic quest for health through austere regimes of diet and exercise, abstinence and discipline reflects a denial of the inevitability of death.’
      • ‘However, this does not lessen the importance of communication programmes to ensure that patients adhere to difficult and complex treatment regimes.’
    2. 2.2The conditions under which a scientific or industrial process occurs.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Peds are blocky structures formed in soils as a result of wetting and drying processes under seasonal climate regimes.’


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).