reign

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Middle English regnen < Anglo-Norman and Old French regner, from the Latin verb rēgnō, and the noun regnum

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Noun[edit]

reign (plural reigns)

  1. The exercise of sovereign power.
    England prospered under Elizabeth's reign.
    • Prior
      Saturn's sons received the threefold reign / Of heaven, of ocean, and deep hell beneath.
  2. The period during which a monarch rules.
    The reign of Victoria was a long one.
  3. The territory or sphere which is reigned over; kingdom; empire; realm; dominion.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)

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reign (third-person singular simple present reigns, present participle reigning, simple past and past participle reigned)

  1. (intransitive) To exercise sovereign power, or to rule as a monarch
    He reigned in an autocratic manner.

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