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reign

 (rān)
n.
1. Exercise of sovereign power, as by a monarch.
2. The period during which a monarch rules.
3. Dominance or widespread influence: the reign of reason.
intr.v. reigned, reign·ing, reigns
1. To exercise sovereign power.
2. To hold the title of monarch, but with limited authority.
3. To be predominant or prevalent: Panic reigned as the fire spread.

[Middle English reigne, from Old French, from Latin rēgnum, from rēx, rēg-, king; see reg- in Indo-European roots.]

reign

(reɪn)
n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the period during which a monarch is the official ruler of a country
2. a period during which a person or thing is dominant, influential, or powerful: the reign of violence is over.
vb (intr)
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) to exercise the power and authority of a sovereign
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) to be accorded the rank and title of a sovereign without having ruling authority, as in a constitutional monarchy
5. to predominate; prevail: a land where darkness reigns.
[C13: from Old French reigne, from Latin rēgnum kingdom, from rēx king]
Usage: Reign is sometimes wrongly written for rein in certain phrases: he gave full rein (not reign) to his feelings; it will be necessary to rein in (not reign in) public spending

reign

(reɪn)

n.
1. the period during which a sovereign occupies the throne.
2. royal rule or authority; sovereignty.
3. dominating power or influence: the reign of law.
v.i.
4. to possess or exercise sovereign power or authority; rule.
5. to hold the position and name of sovereign without exercising the ruling power.
6. to have control or influence.
7. to be prevalent; prevail.
[1225–75; (n.) Middle English reine, regne < Old French reigne < Latin rēgnum realm, reign, derivative of rēx, s. rēg- king; (v.) Middle English reinen, regnen < Old French reignier < Latin rēgnāre, derivative of rēgnum]

reign


Past participle: reigned
Gerund: reigning

Imperative
reign
reign
Present
I reign
you reign
he/she/it reigns
we reign
you reign
they reign
Preterite
I reigned
you reigned
he/she/it reigned
we reigned
you reigned
they reigned
Present Continuous
I am reigning
you are reigning
he/she/it is reigning
we are reigning
you are reigning
they are reigning
Present Perfect
I have reigned
you have reigned
he/she/it has reigned
we have reigned
you have reigned
they have reigned
Past Continuous
I was reigning
you were reigning
he/she/it was reigning
we were reigning
you were reigning
they were reigning
Past Perfect
I had reigned
you had reigned
he/she/it had reigned
we had reigned
you had reigned
they had reigned
Future
I will reign
you will reign
he/she/it will reign
we will reign
you will reign
they will reign
Future Perfect
I will have reigned
you will have reigned
he/she/it will have reigned
we will have reigned
you will have reigned
they will have reigned
Future Continuous
I will be reigning
you will be reigning
he/she/it will be reigning
we will be reigning
you will be reigning
they will be reigning
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been reigning
you have been reigning
he/she/it has been reigning
we have been reigning
you have been reigning
they have been reigning
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been reigning
you will have been reigning
he/she/it will have been reigning
we will have been reigning
you will have been reigning
they will have been reigning
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been reigning
you had been reigning
he/she/it had been reigning
we had been reigning
you had been reigning
they had been reigning
Conditional
I would reign
you would reign
he/she/it would reign
we would reign
you would reign
they would reign
Past Conditional
I would have reigned
you would have reigned
he/she/it would have reigned
we would have reigned
you would have reigned
they would have reigned
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.reign - a period during which something or somebody is dominant or powerfulreign - a period during which something or somebody is dominant or powerful; "he was helpless under the reign of his egotism"
period, period of time, time period - an amount of time; "a time period of 30 years"; "hastened the period of time of his recovery"; "Picasso's blue period"
reign of terror - any period of brutal suppression thought to resemble the Reign of Terror in France
2.reign - the period during which a monarch is sovereign; "during the reign of Henry VIII"
historic period, age - an era of history having some distinctive feature; "we live in a litigious age"
3.reign - royal authority; the dominion of a monarch
dominion, rule - dominance or power through legal authority; "France held undisputed dominion over vast areas of Africa"; "the rule of Caesar"
scepter, sceptre - the imperial authority symbolized by a scepter
Verb1.reign - have sovereign power; "Henry VIII reigned for a long time"
rule, govern - exercise authority over; as of nations; "Who is governing the country now?"
2.reign - be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance; "Money reigns supreme here"; "Hispanics predominate in this neighborhood"
override - prevail over; "health considerations override financial concerns"
overarch - be central or dominant; "This scene overarches the entire first act"
outbalance, overbalance, preponderate, outweigh - weigh more heavily; "these considerations outweigh our wishes"

reign

verb
1. be supreme, prevail, predominate, hold sway, be rife, be rampant A relative calm reigned over the city.
2. rule, govern, be in power, occupy or sit on the throne, influence, command, administer, hold sway, wear the crown, wield the sceptre Henry II, who reigned from 1154 to 1189
reign of terror tyranny, dictatorship, oppression, despotism They accused him of carrying out a reign of terror.
Quotations
"Here we may reign secure, and in my choice"
"To reign is worth ambition though in hell;"
"Better to reign in hell, than serve in heav'n" [John Milton Paradise Lost]

reign

noun
The act of exercising controlling power or the condition of being so controlled:
verb
1. To exercise the authority of a sovereign:
Archaic: sway.
Idiom: wear the crown.
2. To occupy the preeminent position in:
Idioms: have the ascendancy, reign supreme.
Translations
يَسوديَمْلُك، يَتَوَلّى المُلك
panovánípřevládnoutvládavládnout
herskeregereregeringstid
ráîa yfirríkjastjórnartíî
įsiviešpatautikaraliautikaraliavimasvaldymo laikotarpis
valdīšanavaldīt
panovanie
vladanjevladati
egemen olmakhüküm sürmekhükümdarlıkhükümdarlık etmeksaltanat

reign

[reɪn]
A. N [of king, queen] → reinado m (fig) → dominio m
in or under the reign of Queen Elizabeth IIbajo el reinado de la Reina Isabel II
reign of terrorrégimen m de terror
the reign of the miniskirtla moda de la minifalda
her reign as champion came to an endsu reino or hegemonía como campeona terminó
B. VI [king, queen] → reinar (fig) (= prevail) → predominar
total silence reignedreinaba el silencio más absoluto
it is better to reign in hell than serve in heavenmás vale ser cabeza de ratón que cola de león

reign

[ˈreɪn]
n
[monarch] → règne m
(fig) a reign of terror → un règne de terreur
vi
[monarch] → régner
[calm, peace] → régner
(= be important or powerful) to reign supreme → régner en maître

reign

n (lit, fig)Herrschaft f; (of monarch also)Regentschaft f; in the reign of …während der Herrschaft … (+gen); Queen Victoria had a long reignKönigin Viktoria übte eine lange Herrschaft aus; the Reign of Terrordie Schreckensherrschaft
vi (lit, fig)herrschen (→ over über +acc); silence reignses herrscht Ruhe ? supreme

reign

[reɪn]
1. nregno
in the reign of → sotto or durante il regno di
reign of terror → regno del terrore
2. vi (also) (fig) → regnare
the reigning champion → il campione in carica
to reign supreme (champion) → non avere rivali (justice, peace) → regnare sovrano/a

reign

(rein) noun
the time during which a king or queen rules. in the reign of Queen Victoria.
verb
1. to rule, as a king or queen. The king reigned (over his people) for forty years.
2. to be present or exist. Silence reigned at last.
References in classic literature ?
The wide circumference of an elaborate ruff, beneath his grey beard, in the antiquated fashion of King James's reign, caused his head to look not a little like that of John the Baptist in a charger.
He thinks that a ship made by men, will carry him into countries where God does not reign, but only the Captains of this earth.
The isolated subterraneousness of the cabin made a certain humming silence to reign there, though it was hooped round by all the roar of the elements.
For some singular reason, an impression seemed to reign among the servants generally that Missis would not be particularly disobliged by delay; and it was wonderful what a number of counter accidents occurred constantly, to retard the course of things.
I asked them if they supposed a nation of people ever existed, who, with a free vote in every man's hand, would elect that a single family and its descendants should reign over it forever, whether gifted or boobies, to the exclusion of all other families -- including the voter's; and would also elect that a certain hundred families should be raised to dizzy summits of rank, and clothed on with offensive trans- missible glories and privileges to the exclusion of the rest of the nation's families -- INCLUDING HIS OWN.
Then she was called upon to play "Jesus shall reign where'er the sun.
The weather continued much the same all the following morning; and the same loneliness, and the same melancholy, seemed to reign at Hartfieldbut in the afternoon it cleared; the wind changed into a softer quarter; the clouds were carried off; the sun appeared; it was summer again.
The lesson had comprised part of the reign of Charles I.
How well I recollect, when I became quiet, what an unnatural stillness seemed to reign through the whole house
I Know that these gratifying social ends were so invariably accomplished, that Herbert and I understood nothing else to be referred to in the first standing toast of the society: which ran "Gentlemen, may the present promotion of good feeling ever reign predominant among the Finches of the Grove.
A great change has come over the dark wainscoted parlour since we saw it in Godfrey's bachelor days, and under the wifeless reign of the old Squire.
For this reason it is, that I may be brief, I have only spoken of a few of those events which befell in the reign of Chaka; for my tale is not of the reign of Chaka, but of the lives of a handful of people who lived in those days, and of whom I and Umslopogaas alone are left alive--if, indeed, Umslopogaas, the son of Chaka, is still living on the earth.