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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The regents could vote on what to cut in September. Washington Post, "Financial crisis opens University of Alaska up to layoffs," 22 July 2019 Durkin was initially set to be reinstated to his position following the investigation by recommendation of the board of regents, but the school decided to fire him without cause the next day and buy out the rest of his contract. Khadrice Rollins,, "Former Maryland Coach DJ Durkin Working As Guest Coach at Falcons Camp," 22 July 2019 In assessing the effect on students, several UC regents said any plan should consider not only tuition, but also the total cost of attendance, which includes increasingly high-priced housing. Los Angeles Times, "Incoming UC students could see a tuition hike under new proposal," 18 July 2019 Despite the opposition voiced by many students and faculty, the regents voted along party lines, 5-4, to hire Kennedy. Madeline St. Amour, The Denver Post, "New President Mark Kennedy to visit CU campuses Monday," 30 June 2019 While University of California campuses generally do a good job of protecting against admissions fraud, there are holes in the system that should be strengthened, auditors told the UC regents at a meeting in San Francisco. Nanette Asimov,, "Audit finds weaknesses in UC admissions process, echoing national scandal," 17 July 2019 The UA Faculty Alliance had passed a resolution asking regents to delay voting on the declaration this year. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "University of Alaska governing board delays vote on whether to declare financial emergency," 15 July 2019 The Maryland General Assembly pushed the regents to go further this spring. Talia Richman,, "Why has the University of Maryland been placed on 'warning' by its accrediting agency?," 2 July 2019 At the same time the board elected Perrin, the regents chose outgoing President David Dockery to become the school’s new chancellor. Steve Sadin, Lake County News-Sun, "New Trinity president hopes to help students 'do redemptive work in the world'," 15 June 2019

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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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