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reign

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noun \ˈrān\

Simple Definition of reign

  • : the period of time during which a king, queen, emperor, etc., is ruler of a country

  • : the period of time during which someone is in charge of a group or organization

  • : the period of time during which someone or something is the best or the most important, powerful, etc.

Full Definition of reign

  1. 1 a :  royal authority :  sovereignty <under the reign of the Stuart kings> b :  the dominion, sway, or influence of one resembling a monarch <the reign of the Puritan ministers>

  2. 2 :  the time during which one (as a sovereign) reigns

Examples of reign

  1. She was a popular ruler throughout her reign.

  2. the reign of Queen Elizabeth

  3. his reign as department chairperson

  4. her reign as team president

  5. his reign as heavyweight boxing champion

  6. the reign of digital technology



Origin of reign

Middle English regne, from Anglo-French, from Latin regnum, from reg-, rex king — more at royal


First Known Use: 13th century


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reign

verb

Simple Definition of reign

  • : to rule as a king, queen, emperor, etc.

  • : to be the best or the most powerful or important person or thing

  • —used to say that a quality exists to such a degree in a place or situation that it affects everything about that place or situation

Full Definition of reign

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to possess or exercise sovereign power :  rule b :  to hold office as chief of state although possessing little governing power <in England the sovereign reigns but does not rule>

  3. 2 :  to exercise authority in the manner of a monarch

  4. 3 :  to be predominant or prevalent <chaos reigned in the classroom>

Examples of reign

  1. The king reigned in a time of peace and prosperity.

  2. The lion reigns as king of the jungle.



14th Century

First Known Use of reign

14th century




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