reign

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Plain form
reign

Third-person singular
reigns

Past tense
reigned

Past participle
reigned

Present participle
reigning

  1. If you reign you rule or lead a country. Usually, this means you are a king or queen (not someone elected).
    He reigned over in England long ago.
    Pope John Paul I reigned for 33 days in 1978 -- "Obituaries: The Smiling Pope," New York Times. November 6, 1978

Noun[change]

Singular
reign

Plural
reigns

  1. A reign is the period of time in which a person rules as monarch of a state or nation.
    Queen Victoria's reign over Great Britain lasted from 1837 to 1901.
  2. A reign is an entire dynasty's time ruling. A reign usually ends when the person has died, resigned, or the country has been conquered.
    His reign lasted 40 years until the Mongolians conquered his country.