Definition of regime in English:


Line breaks: re¦gime
Pronunciation: /reɪˈʒiːm


1A government, especially an authoritarian one: ideological opponents of the regime
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  • For one, wages tend to be lower in authoritarian regimes than in democracies, giving businesses in dictatorships a monetary advantage in selling exports abroad.
  • Meanwhile, in southern Europe, Spain, Portugal, and Greece were ruled by authoritarian regimes.
  • This sort of empty democratic trapping is a hallmark of authoritarian regimes.
2A system or ordered way of doing things: detention centres with a very tough physical regime a tax regime
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  • Of course, economists apply additional tests to tax regimes.
  • ‘We have requested Burgoynes to focus on the Assured's cleaning regimes in order to ensure that compliance has occurred’.
  • It would in effect change the regime from a reference system to an appellate one.
system, arrangement, scheme, code;
apparatus, mechanism;
order, pattern, method, procedure, routine, policy, practice, course, plan, programme;
diet, regimen
2.1A coordinated programme for the promotion or restoration of health; a regimen: a low-calorie, low-fat regime
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  • Bladder instillation therapy regimes are described in Table 1.
  • 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.
2.2The conditions under which a scientific or industrial process occurs.
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  • 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.
  • However, their concentration is governed by the hydrological regime of the river systems.


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).

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