1. To possess or exercise sovereign power or authority; to exercise government, as a king or emperor;; to hold supreme power; to rule. "We will not have this man to reign over us." (Luke xix. 14) "Shall Banquo's issue ever Reign in this kingdom?" (Shak)

2. Hence, to be predominant; to prevail. "Pestilent diseases which commonly reign in summer."

3. To have superior or uncontrolled dominion; to rule. "Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body." (Rom. Vi. 12)

Synonyms: To rule, govern, direct, control, prevail.

Origin: OE. Regnen, reinen, OF. Regner, F. Regner, fr. L. Regnare, fr. Regnum. See Reign.

(01 Mar 1998)

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