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verb [I] uk   us   /reɪn/
C2 to be the king or queen of a country: Queen Victoria reigned over Britain from 1837 to 1901.C2 to be the main feeling or quality in a situation or person: The bomb attacks produced a panic which reigned over the city. Love reigned supreme in her heart.
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noun [C] uk   us   /reɪn/
C1 the period of time when a king or queen rules a country: the reign of Henry VIII a period when a particular person, feeling, or quality is very important or has a strong influence: his successful reign as manager of the team
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