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reign

 
 
pronunciation:
reIn
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: rule by a king or queen.
The queen's reign was fair and just.
definition 2: the period of one monarch's rule.
Shakespeare wrote his plays during the reign of Queen Elizabeth.
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: reigns, reigning, reigned
definition 1: to hold the power of a monarch; rule.
The king reigned for many years.
similar words:
dominate, govern
definition 2: to have complete and widespread control or influence.
Terror reigned during the long years of war.
similar words:
dominate
Homophone Note
The words reign, rain, and rein sound alike but have different meanings.
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