re·​gent | \ ˈrē-jənt How to pronounce regent (audio) \

Definition of regent

1 : a person who governs a kingdom in the minority, absence, or disability of the sovereign
2 : a person who rules or reigns : governor
3 : a member of a governing board (as of a state university)

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Other Words from regent

regent adjective
regental \ ˈrē-​jən-​tᵊl How to pronounce regental (audio) \ adjective

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North Star Leadership Group first filed a notice of claim, a precursor to a lawsuit, to the regents in March with hopes of coming to a settlement without taking the matter to court. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "Lawsuit: ASU owes $1M for video game that would have replaced business course," 20 June 2019 His father had recently joined the university’s board of regents. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Shanahan withdraws, addresses violent incidents," 18 June 2019 His father had recently joined the university’s board of regents. Aaron C. Davis,, "As Shanahan withdraws as Trump’s defense pick, he addresses violent domestic incidents," 18 June 2019 Two regents opposed, citing concerns over the money spent on athletics. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Hotline newsletter: With Bru McCoy and Chris Steele secure at USC, the Pac-12 recruiting haul gains luster," 19 June 2019 That's right, the uncle was supposed to be the regent, keeping tabs and helping him through. CBS News, "Transcript: Anna Fifield talks with Michael Morell on "Intelligence Matters"," 19 June 2019 The project, which was approved last month by the University of California regents, also includes a building for the Goldman School of Public Policy. John King,, "UC Berkeley housing project under legal fire from city of Berkeley," 15 June 2019 Asked whether Perry, a former governor of Texas, spoke with Texas A&M officials or regents during the bidding process, A&M System spokesman Laylan Copelin on Friday referred to a brief statement that didn’t address Perry’s possible involvement. Washington Post, "New $2.5B contract awarded to manage nuclear weapons lab," 8 June 2018 For the 2018-19 school year, the universities expect to enroll 478 students, which would cost about $2.2 million, the regents' report said. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "Remember Gov. Ducey's 'free college for teachers' plan? Here's what actually happened," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of regent

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for regent

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Medieval Latin; Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin regent-, regens, from Latin, present participle of regere to direct — more at right

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English Language Learners Definition of regent

: a person who rules a kingdom when the king or queen is not able to rule because he or she is sick, too young, etc.


re·​gent | \ ˈrē-jənt How to pronounce regent (audio) \

Kids Definition of regent

: a person who temporarily governs a kingdom in place of a monarch

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