Rein - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |reɪn|  American pronunciation of the word rein
Brit.  |reɪn|  British pronunciation of the word rein


- one of a pair of long straps (usually connected to the bit or the headpiece) used to control a horse
- any means of control


- control and direct with or as if by reins(syn: harness)
- stop or slow up one's horse or oneself by or as if by pulling the reins
- stop or check by or as if by a pull at the reins
- keep in check (syn: harness, rule)


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...

The council of war assumed the reins of government.

The rider had to rein his horse back when the child ran across his path.

Jim had great difficulty in reining in his anger.

he took up the reins of government

They reined in in front of the post office

He reined in his horses in front of the post office

The producer was given a free rein with the script.

He gave free rein to his imagination.

The finance director keeps a tight rein on spending.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: rein
he/she/it: reins
present participle: reining
past tense: reined
past participle: reined
singular: rein
plural: reins
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