Reign - definition, pronunciation, transcription

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


- a period during which something or somebody is dominant or powerful
he was helpless under the reign of his egotism
- the period during which a monarch is sovereign
during the reign of Henry VIII
- royal authority; the dominion of a monarch (syn: sovereignty)


- have sovereign power
Henry VIII reigned for a long time
- be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance (syn: dominate, predominate, prevail, rule)
Money reigns supreme here

Extra examples

She was a popular ruler throughout her reign.

The king reigned in a time of peace and prosperity.

The lion reigns as king of the jungle.

George VI reigned from 1936 to 1952.

Pharaohs reigned over Egypt for centuries.

For several minutes confusion reigned.

Silence reigned while we waited for news.

Victoria reigned over sixty years

Henry VIII reigned for a long time

Money reigns supreme here

...the golden age of Dutch culture was roughly coextensive with the Netherlands' reign as a world power...

...the historical record of this pharaoh's life and reign is fragmentary at best...

...among the city's cultural institutions, the art museum, the symphony orchestra, and the opera company reign as the supreme triumvirate...

...a tyrannical ruler whose terrible reign was marked by unceasing violence...

During the short reign of Edward, conformity was not pressed.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: reign
he/she/it: reigns
present participle: reigning
past tense: reigned
past participle: reigned
singular: reign
plural: reigns
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