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Definitions of reign

  1. To rule as a king; to prevail; to govern. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To rule: to have sovereign power: to be predominant. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  3. To exercise royal authority; rule; to prevail, as a plague, fear, etc. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. To rule as a sovereign; prevail. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. To have the authority of a sovereign; rule; control. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. To rule as a king; to be king; to hold supreme power; to be predominant. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  7. the period during which a monarch is sovereign; "during the reign of Henry VIII" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. a period during which something or somebody is dominant or powerful; "he was helpless under the reign of his egotism" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. The territory or sphere which is reigned over; kingdom; empire; realm; dominion. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. The time during which a king, queen, or emperor possesses the supreme authority; as, it happened in the reign of Elizabeth. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. To possess or exercise sovereign power or authority; to exercise government, as a king or emperor;; to hold supreme power; to rule. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Hence, to be predominant; to prevail. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. To have superior or uncontrolled dominion; to rule. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. That which is prescribed or laid down as a guide for conduct or action; a governing direction for a specific purpose; an authoritative enactment; a regulation; a prescription; a precept; as, the rules of various societies; the rules governing a school; a rule of etiquette or propriety; the rules of cricket. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. Supreme rule; royal power; time during which a ruler holds sway; prevailing control or influence; as, the reign of law. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  16. Rule: dominion: royal authority: supreme power: influence: time during which a sovereign rules. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  17. Rule, or time of rule, of a sovereign; influence; control. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  18. Sovereignty; dominion; influence; the time of a sovereign's rule. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. Royal authority; supreme power; sovereignty; the time during which a king, &c., reigns; dominion; influence. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  20. Supreme power; sovereignty; the time during which a king rules; empire; power; influence. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for reign

  1. Masculine independence was aroused in him, and held reign in riotous good spirits. – A Man's Hearth by Eleanor M. Ingram
  2. Sleep had long held its reign in Fallowfield. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
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