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reign

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noun \ˈrān\

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 in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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

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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 in a sentence

  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



REIGN Defined for English Language Learners

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reign

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noun \ˈrān\

Definition of reign for English Language Learners

  • : 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.


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reign

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Definition of reign for English Language Learners

  • : 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


REIGN Defined for Kids

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reign

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noun \ˈrān\

Definition of reign for Students

  1. 1 :  the authority or rule of a monarch

  2. 2 :  the time during which a monarch rules


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reign

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verb

Definition of reign for Students

reigned

reigning

  1. 1 :  to rule as a monarch

  2. 2 :  to be usual or widespread <Enthusiasm reigned in the classroom.>

  3. 3 :  to be the best or most powerful <the reigning champions>



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