Meaning of “reign” in the English Dictionary

"reign" in British English

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reignverb [ I ]

uk /reɪn/ 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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  • How long did Queen Elizabeth reign?
  • He only reigned for three years.
  • Queens have reigned in Britain for 111 of the last 163 years.
  • He reigned during some of the most turbulent times in English history.
  • Confusion reigned as explosions erupted.

reignnoun [ C ]

uk /reɪn/ us /reɪn/

(Definition of “reign” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"reign" in American English

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reignverb [ I ]

us /reɪn/

to rule a country, or to have power or control

noun [ C ] us /reɪn/

the reign of Louis XIV

(Definition of “reign” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)