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Definition of reign verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    reign

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    verb
    BrE BrE//reɪn//
     
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    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they reign
    BrE BrE//reɪn//
     
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    he / she / it reigns
    BrE BrE//reɪnz//
     
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    past simple reigned
    BrE BrE//reɪnd//
     
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    past participle reigned
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    -ing form reigning
    BrE BrE//ˈreɪnɪŋ//
     
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  1. 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. 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. 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. More Like This Silent letters gnarled, gnash, gnat, gnaw, gnome haute cuisine, heir, (NAmE herb), honour, hors d’oeuvre, hour knack, knee, kneel, knife, knight, knit, knob, knock, knot, know, knuckle psalm, psephology, psychic, ptarmigan, pterodactyl, psychology wrangle, wrap, wreath, wreck, wrench, wrestle, wriggle, wring, write, wrong bomb, climb, crumb, doubt, lamb, limb ascent, fascinate, muscle, scene, scissors height, right, sleigh, weight align, campaign, design, foreign, malign, reign, unfeigned balmy, calm, calf, half, yolk autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn, solemn bristle, fasten, listen, mortgage, soften, thistle, wrestle biscuit, build, circuit, disguise, guilty, league, rogue, vague yacht answer, sword, twoSee worksheet.
  4. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French reignier ‘to reign’, reigne ‘kingdom’, from Latin regnum, related to rex, reg- ‘king’.Extra examples a show in which the music reigns supreme It was the first visit by a British reigning monarch to Russia. A handful of families have reigned over Bangkok’s economy for many years. In the field of classical music, he still reigns supreme. She will face the reigning champion in her first round match.
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