- 1[intransitive] to rule as king, queen, emperor, etc. the reigning monarch Queen Victoria reigned from 1837 to 1901. reign over somebody/something Herod reigned over Palestine at that time.
- 2[intransitive] reign (over somebody/something) to be the best or most important in a particular situation or area of skill the reigning champion In the field of classical music, he still reigns supreme.
- 3[intransitive] (literary) (of an idea, a feeling, or an atmosphere) to be the most obvious feature of a place or moment At last silence reigned (= there was complete silence). For a while, chaos and confusion reigned.
NAmE//reɪn//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they reign
he / she / it reigns
past simple reigned
-ing form reigning