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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Other Words from regent

regent adjective
regental \ ˈrē-​jən-​tᵊl \ adjective

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In addition to its statement, a Baylor spokesman said that Baylor regents, including Gray, were not present when the findings of fact submitted by Pepper Hamilton were drafted. David Barron, Houston Chronicle, "Ex-Baylor athletic director: Black athletes made scapegoats," 27 June 2018 The Wisconsin regents, almost all of whom are appointed by the Republican governor, Scott Walker, borrowed from it. Jeremy W. Peters, New York Times, "In Name of Free Speech, States Crack Down on Campus Protests," 14 June 2018 Read more The suit names as defendants the university’s regents, its president Eric Kaler, and Tina Marisam, who at the time of the investigation was assistant director of the school’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "Football Players Sue University of Minnesota Over Sexual-Assault Investigation," 9 June 2018 The regents' decision -- which comes amid growing concerns about student debt and the value of a college degree -- is just the latest across the state. Lindsay Ellis, Houston Chronicle, "UT System latest to consider raising college tuition," 19 Mar. 2018 State Treasurer John Chiang urged regents to delay action until 2019. Teresa Watanabe,, "UC regents committee approves tuition hike for nonresident students," 15 Mar. 2018 An effort to overhaul its budget presentation to the regents — in which disclosed and undisclosed funds would be combined into one — is pending. Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle, "State auditor says University of California missed deadline to fix problems found in year-old probe," 2 May 2018 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

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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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