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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 ?
Some days elapsed, and ice and icebergs all astern, the Pequod now went rolling through the bright Quito spring, which, at sea, almost perpetually reigns on the threshold of the eternal August of the Tropic.
Man's boasted power and freedom, all are flown; Lord of the earth and sea, he bends a slave, And woman, lovely woman, reigns alone.
Agnes laughed again at her own penetration, and told me that if I were faithful to her in my confidence she thought she should keep a little register of my violent attachments, with the date, duration, and termination of each, like the table of the reigns of the kings and queens, in the History of England.
In Courts and Palaces he also Reigns And in luxurious Cities, where the noyse Of riot ascends above thir loftiest Towrs, And injury and outrage: And when Night Darkens the Streets, then wander forth the Sons Of BELIAL, flown with insolence and wine.
Three kings protested to me, "that in their whole reigns they never did once prefer any person of merit, unless by mistake, or treachery of some minister in whom they confided; neither would they do it if they were to live again:" and they showed, with great strength of reason, "that the royal throne could not be supported without corruption, because that positive, confident, restiff temper, which virtue infused into a man, was a perpetual clog to public business.
Here was Philip Herbert, described by Francis Osborne, in his Memoires on the Reigns of Queen Elizabeth and King James, as one who was "caressed by the Court for his handsome face, which kept him not long company.
Then I shall begin, and I hope by this means to deliver the people from the terror that reigns over them.
Their histories count a hundred and sixty-two reigns, from Cham to Faciladas or Basilides; among which some women are remarkably celebrated.
After all, where envy reigns virtue cannot live, and where there is niggardliness there can be no liberality.
There is a powerful agent, obedient, rapid, easy, which conforms to every use, and reigns supreme on board my vessel.
There reigns a heavy silence; gaunt weeds through windows pry, And down the streets of Liang old echoes, wailing, die.
As he was about to leave the presence, the cardinal have him a friendly smile, and said, "A perfect harmony reigns, sire, between the leaders and the soldiers of your Musketeers, which must be profitable for the service and honorable to all.