re·gent | \ ˈrē-jənt \

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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regent adjective
regental \ˈrē-jən-tᵊl \ adjective

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Only two current regents responded to requests for comment. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "How a down-and-out broker got University of Michigan to invest $95M," 22 June 2018 Texas Southern's board of regents are in the process of trying to keep Davis on campus with a better financial package, the source said. Perry A. Farrell, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Mercy's hiring of basketball coach Mike Davis not a done deal," 6 June 2018 In total, the universities anticipate $282 million in construction in 2018, and $419 million in 2019, according to the regents. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "See what Arizona's universities are building with millions in new money from the state," 15 June 2018 The Babcock dairy plant no longer meets current health code standards and regulations for dairy plant construction and operation, according to materials provided to the regents. Karen Herzog, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "$220 million building boom on UW-Madison campus will modernize chemistry and agriculture facilities," 5 Apr. 2018 Also on Thursday, regents approved budgets for the upcoming fiscal year and discussed police preparedness for mass-shooting events. Lindsay Ellis, Houston Chronicle, "Audit: UH's financial aid systems didn't properly vet students," 25 May 2018 The hire, which was submitted on June 28, is still awaiting the approval of the school's board of regents. Justin Sayers, The Courier-Journal, "Western Kentucky to pay Charles Bassey's guardian $200K as assistant," 5 July 2018 Bright, Texas A&M class of 1943, was named chairman of Texas A&M’s board of regents in 1981. Andy Staples,, "The Message Behind the Money: How Texas A&M Landed Jimbo Fisher," 28 June 2018 Tens of millions of Indonesians will vote in 171 elections for mayors, regents, and governors on Wednesday, an important barometer ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections in 2019. The Christian Science Monitor, "Indonesian elections hint at rise of political Islam in the secular country," 26 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 \

Kids Definition of regent

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

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occurring twice a year or every two years

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