rein

noun
\ ˈrān How to pronounce rein (audio) \

Definition of rein

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a strap fastened to a bit by which a rider or driver controls an animal usually used in plural
2a : a restraining influence : check kept a tight rein on the proceedings
b : controlling or guiding power usually used in plural the reins of government
3 : opportunity for unhampered activity or use gave full rein to her imagination

rein

verb
reined; reining; reins

Definition of rein (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

1 archaic : to submit to the use of reins
2 : to stop or slow up one's horse or oneself by or as if by pulling the reins

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Noun

R rein 1

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Synonyms for rein

Synonyms: Noun

chair, driver's seat, head, headship, helm

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Examples of rein in a Sentence

Noun

He has people working for him, but he has a tight rein on every part of the process. after the president resigned, the vice president stepped in and took the reins of the company

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Thandie Newton has been giving us beauty and life inspiration for years, and now, her 14-year-old daughter Nico Parker is here to take over the reins. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Thandie Newton and Her 14-Year-Old Daughter Nico Parker Basically Look Like Twins," 12 Mar. 2019 The executive turnover comes just six months after Mr. Neri took the reins from longtime HPE CEO Meg Whitman. Tatyana Shumsky, WSJ, "HP Enterprise Names New Finance Chief," 28 Aug. 2018 Upon assuming the reins in 1983, Lagerfeld swiftly revived Chanel, reinterpreting the house founder’s iconic tweed skirtsuits, little black dresses, and quilted handbags. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Legendary Designer Karl Lagerfeld Has Died," 19 Feb. 2019 Simons was handed the reins of the brand, a level of responsibility nobody but Calvin Klein himself had ever had. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The Calvin Klein brand hired big-name fashion designer Raf Simons to build relevancy. Now he’s out.," 27 Dec. 2018 But even with new executives at the reins, the company’s stumbles outpaced its efforts to regain user trust. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Facebook," 26 Dec. 2018 With Ambassador Nikki Haley taking the reins at the U.S. mission last year, combating anti-Israel bias has become a top U.S. priority. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Israel, Haley accuse UN of ignoring attacks by 'terrorist flaming swastika kites'," 3 Aug. 2018 Apple takes a different approach, the one thing Facebook has so far refused to do: giving the reins to journalists. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "Apple Tries to Avoid Facebook's Mistakes With 2018 Midterms," 26 June 2018 Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg spoke with coach John Harbaugh earlier in the week, proposing giving Jackson the reins and seeing how the future starter would handle it. Katherine Fominykh, baltimoresun.com, "Lamar Jackson takes over Ravens' helm during final day of minicamp," 14 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And in the background, the nation’s central bankers stand poised to raise interest rates and deliberately rein in growth if wages climb too rapidly. Patricia Cohen, BostonGlobe.com, "Paychecks lag as profits soar, and prices erode wage gains," 14 July 2018 And in the background, the nation’s central bankers stand poised to raise interest rates and deliberately rein in growth if wages climb too rapidly. Patricia Cohen, BostonGlobe.com, "Paychecks lag as profits soar, and prices erode wage gains," 14 July 2018 And in the background, the nation’s central bankers stand poised to raise interest rates and deliberately rein in growth if wages climb too rapidly. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, "Paychecks Lag as Profits Soar, and Prices Erode Wage Gains," 13 July 2018 After years of rapid growth, Under Armour’s sales hit a wall in 2017 and the company responded by restructuring its operations and reining in its spending. Khadeeja Safdar, WSJ, "Under Armour Ousts Two Executives After Review of Expenses," 10 Dec. 2018 This has been going on and on and on and frankly, leaders in the Democratic Party have got to stand up and rein this in. Fox News, "Ingraham: The new American left: agents of hatred," 12 Sep. 2018 Many of those moms just happened to cook three meals a day in addition to working inside and sometimes outside the home, and reining in the larger families of the time. Debbi Snook, cleveland.com, "Mother's Day Memories: Four Cleveland chefs still cherish childhood favorites (photos, recipes)," 9 May 2018 Those interests would be enhanced if MBS is reined in. Alex Ward, Vox, "Turkey’s unrelenting pressure on Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi, explained.," 24 Oct. 2018 Keeping the protests peaceful is one of the organizers’ principal challenges, particularly reining in desperate young men. NBC News, "Palestinians prepare for major move at Gaza-Israel fence," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of rein

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for rein

Noun

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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rein

: 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

noun
\ ˈrān How to pronounce rein (audio) \

Kids Definition of rein

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 : an influence that slows, limits, or holds back The parents kept their child under a tight rein.
3 : controlling or guiding power the reins of government

rein

verb
reined; reining

Kids Definition of rein (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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