reign
I. noun Etymology: Middle English regne, from Anglo-French, from Latin regnum, from reg-, rex king — more at royal Date: 13th century 1. a. royal authority ; sovereignty <
under the reign of the Stuart kings
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b. the dominion, sway, or influence of one resembling a monarch <
the reign of the Puritan ministers
>
2. the time during which one (as a sovereign) reigns II. intransitive verb Date: 14th century 1. a. to possess or exercise sovereign power ; rule b. to hold office as chief of state although possessing little governing power <
in England the sovereign reigns but does not rule
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2. to exercise authority in the manner of a monarch 3. to be predominant or prevalent <
chaos reigned in the classroom
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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