reign

reign
reign1 [reın] n
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: regne, from Latin regnum, from rex 'king']
1.) the period when someone is king, queen, or ↑emperor
reign of
changes that took place during Charlemagne's reign
the reign of James I
2.) the period when someone is in charge of an organization, team etc
during his reign at the Education Department
3.) a period during which something is the most powerful or most important feature of a place
reign of
the reign of Stalinism in Russia
4.) reign of terror
a period when a ruler or a government kills many of their political opponents
reign 2
reign2 v
1.) to rule a nation or group of nations as their king, queen, or ↑emperor
George VI reigned from 1936 to 1952.
reign over
Pharaohs reigned over Egypt for centuries.
2.) [i]literary if a feeling or quality reigns, it exists strongly for a period of time
For several minutes confusion reigned .
Silence reigned while we waited for news.
3.) reigning champion
the most recent winner of a competition
Can he defeat the reigning Wimbledon champion?
4.) reign supreme
if someone or something reigns supreme, they are the most important part of a situation or time
It was a time when romance reigned supreme.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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