Definitions of reign

  1. To rule as a king; to prevail; to govern.
  2. To rule: to have sovereign power: to be predominant.
  3. To exercise royal authority; rule; to prevail, as a plague, fear, etc.
  4. To rule as a sovereign; prevail.
  5. To have the authority of a sovereign; rule; control.
  6. To rule as a king; to be king; to hold supreme power; to be predominant.
  7. the period during which a monarch is sovereign; " during the reign of Henry VIII"
  8. a period during which something or somebody is dominant or powerful; " he was helpless under the reign of his egotism"
  9. The territory or sphere which is reigned over; kingdom; empire; realm; dominion.
  10. The time during which a king, queen, or emperor possesses the supreme authority; as, it happened in the reign of Elizabeth.
  11. To possess or exercise sovereign power or authority; to exercise government, as a king or emperor;; to hold supreme power; to rule.
  12. Hence, to be predominant; to prevail.
  13. To have superior or uncontrolled dominion; to rule.
  14. That which is prescribed or laid down as a guide for conduct or action; a governing direction for a specific purpose; an authoritative enactment; a regulation; a prescription; a precept; as, the rules of various societies; the rules governing a school; a rule of etiquette or propriety; the rules of cricket.
  15. Supreme rule; royal power; time during which a ruler holds sway; prevailing control or influence; as, the reign of law.
  16. Rule: dominion: royal authority: supreme power: influence: time during which a sovereign rules.
  17. Rule, or time of rule, of a sovereign; influence; control.
  18. Sovereignty; dominion; influence; the time of a sovereign's rule.
  19. Royal authority; supreme power; sovereignty; the time during which a king, & c., reigns; dominion; influence.
  20. Supreme power; sovereignty; the time during which a king rules; empire; power; influence.