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reign Syllabification: reign

Definition of reign in English:


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1Hold royal office; rule as king or queen: Queen Elizabeth reigns over the UK
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  • Democracy has been conveniently thrown out the door and in its wake imperialist and dictatorial rule reign supreme.
  • And we pay these modern-day monarchs to reign over and rule us.
  • Despite possessing many of the qualities needed to govern, the king had reigned but never ruled.
be king/queen, be monarch, be sovereign, sit on the throne, wear the crown, rule
ruling, regnant;
on the throne
1.1Be the best or most important in a particular area or domain: in America, baseball reigns supreme
1.2(Of a quality or condition) prevail; predominate: confusion reigned
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  • Quality reigns when it comes to choosing an adequate outsource partner, but the significance of inventory management capabilities is increasing.
  • All around him, chaos and disorder reigned.
  • The party's lack of emphasis on defense didn't matter much when peace and prosperity reigned.
prevail, exist, be present, be the case, occur, be prevalent, be current, be rife, be rampant, be the order of the day, be in force, be in effect
formal obtain
prevailing, existing, current;
usual, common, recognized, established, accepted, popular, widespread
1.3(Of a sports player or team) currently hold a particular title.
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  • A committed team effort from Kendal was rewarded with a 35-run victory over reigning Northern Premier League champions Darwen at Birch Hall on Saturday.
  • Coughlin, the world record holder and reigning Olympic champion, had to settle for third.
  • In the League semi-final Carlow shocked reigning Ulster champions, Armagh, to reach the county's lone NFL final.
incumbent, current


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1The period during which a sovereign rules: the original chapel was built in the reign of Charles I
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  • It was the official religion during the reign of the monarchy and is currently the unofficial religion.
  • When the Queen first began her reign, monarchs were expected to be somewhat detached, grand and distant figures, especially the British monarch.
  • A modern historian has said that at no period of her history has Scotland ever stood relatively so high in the scale of nations as during the reign of this excellent monarch.
rule, sovereignty, monarchy
1.1The period during which someone or something is predominant or preeminent: these historic seconds inaugurated the reign of negative political advertising
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  • But after this record's relentless reign of joy, even the most carefree individuals may feel like frowning, just to make sure they still can.
period in office, incumbency, managership, leadership


The correct idiomatic phrase is free rein, not free reign: see rein (usage).


Middle English: from Old French reignier 'to reign', reigne 'kingdom', from Latin regnum, related to rex, reg- 'king'.

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