reign has definitions from the fields of government,history,politics
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[ verb ] (politics) have sovereign power

Examples

"Henry VIII reigned for a long time"

Used in print

(Clayton C. Barbeau, The Ikon....)

Between the ponderous hulk and himself , in the valley over which Papa-san reigned , men had hidden high_explosives , booby_traps , and mines .

(Frieda Arkin, "The Light of the Sea," in The...)

The old_woman , stubbornly reigning in the house above the crashing waters took_on an ominous reality .

Related terms

govern

2
[ verb ] be larger in number, quantity, or importance

Examples

"Money reigns supreme here" "Hispanics predominate in this neighborhood"

Used in print

(Charles Glicksberg, "Sex in Contemporary Literature"...)

In the realm of physical sensations , sex reigns supreme .

3
[ noun ] a period during which something or somebody is dominant or powerful

Examples

"he was helpless under the reign of his egotism"

Used in print

(The Rev. John A. O'Brien, "Let's Take Birth Control...)

The attempt to enforce that belief ushered_in a reign of bootleggers , racketeers , hijackers and gangsters that led to a breakdown of law unparalleled in our history .

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[ noun ] (history) the period during which a monarch is sovereign

Examples

"during the reign of Henry VIII"

Related terms

age historic_period

5
[ noun ] (government) royal authority; the dominion of a monarch

Synonyms

sovereignty

Related terms

dominion scepter

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