1. A military unit of ground troops consisting of at least two battalions, usually commanded by a colonel.
2. A large group of people.
tr.v. (rĕjə-mĕnt′) reg·i·ment·ed, reg·i·ment·ing, reg·i·ments
1. To form (troops) into a regiment or regiments.
2. To put (things) into systematic order.
3. To subject (people) to strict control and rigid order.
[Middle English, government, rule, from Old French, from Late Latin regimentum, rule, from Latin regere, to rule; see reg- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
reg′i·mental (-mĕntl) adj.
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