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rein

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noun \ˈrān\

Definition of rein

  1. 1 :  a strap fastened to a bit by which a rider or driver controls an animal —usually used in plural

  2. 2a :  a restraining influence :  check kept a tight rein on the proceedingsb :  controlling or guiding power —usually used in plural the reins of government

  3. 3 :  opportunity for unhampered activity or use gave full rein to her imagination

Examples of rein in a Sentence

  1. He has people working for him, but he has a tight rein on every part of the process.

  2. after the president resigned, the vice president stepped in and took the reins of the company

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Origin and Etymology of rein

Middle English reine, from Anglo-French resne, reine, from Vulgar Latin *retina, from Latin retinēre to restrain — more at retain

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rein

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Definition of rein

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to control or direct with or as if with reins

  3. 2 :  to check or stop by or as if by a pull at the reins reined in her horse couldn't rein his impatience

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 archaic :  to submit to the use of reins

  6. 2 :  to stop or slow up one's horse or oneself by or as if by pulling the reins

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First Known Use of rein

15th century



REIN Defined for English Language Learners

rein

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noun

Definition of rein for English Language Learners

  • : a strap that is fastened to a device (called a bridle) placed on the head of an animal (such as a horse) and that is used to guide and control the animal

  • : the ability to limit or control something

  • : the power to guide or control someone or something


REIN Defined for Kids

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rein

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noun \ˈrān\

Definition of rein for Students

  1. 1 :  a line or strap that is attached at either end of the bit of a bridle and is used to control an animal —usually used in pl.

  2. 2 :  an influence that slows, limits, or holds back The parents kept their child under a tight rein.

  3. 3 :  controlling or guiding power the reins of government


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rein

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Definition of rein for Students

reined

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reining

  1. :  to check, control, or stop by or as if by reins He reined in his horse. Rein in your anger.



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