Reign Reign (r?n), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Reigned} (r?nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Reigning}.] [OE. regnen, reinen, OF. regner, F. r['e]gner, fr. L. regnare, fr. regnum. See {Reign}, n.] 1. To possess or exercise sovereign power or authority; to exercise government, as a king or emperor;; to hold supreme power; to rule. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

We will not have this man to reign over us. --Luke xix. 14. [1913 Webster]

Shall Banquo's issue ever Reign in this kingdom? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, to be predominant; to prevail. ``Pestilent diseases which commonly reign in summer.'' --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

3. To have superior or uncontrolled dominion; to rule. [1913 Webster]

Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body. --Rom. vi. 12. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To rule; govern; direct; control; prevail. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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