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1  —as in:
She reigned over England
Definition rule (like that of a king or queen); or the time during which one ruled
  • The arranged marriage solidified the alliance between two of Europe's most important reigning families.
reigning = ruling
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • during the reign of Henry VIII
  • "My reign is not yet over"—these words were legible in one of these inscriptions—"you live, and my power is complete."
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • reign = time of rule
  • the third year of His Majesty's reign,
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • reign = time of rule
  • In his absence, his cousin Daoud Khan had ended the king's forty-year reign with a bloodless coup.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • reign = time of rule
  • We think of Jehanzeb's reign as a golden period in our history.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • reign = time of rule
  • One and all we felt that the holy calm that lay like sunshine over the wasted face and form was only an earthly token and symbol of the calm that was to reign for ever.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • reign = rule
  • "As soon as circumstances allow, a tribunal will be established to determine whether you behaved honorably during Redd's reign or whether you are, in fact, guilty of war crimes," Alyss said.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • reign = time of rule
  • How long ago it is, aunt, since we used to repeat the chronological order of the kings of England, with the dates of their accession, and most of the principal events of their reigns!
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • reigns = the time during which a king or queen ruled
  • The wide circumference of an elaborate ruff, beneath his grey beard, in the antiquated fashion of King James's reign, caused his head to look not a little like that of John the Baptist in a charger.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
reign = time of rule

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2  —as in:
uncertainty reigns
Definition to be most powerful, important, or noticeable
  • Uncertainty and fear reigned during those years.
reigned = was most powerful, important, or noticeable
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Fame reigns in Hollywood.
  • he was helpless under the reign of his egotism
  • Cash reigns supreme when interest rates are so high.
  • The presence of Safie diffused happiness among its inhabitants, and I also found that a greater degree of plenty reigned there.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • reigned = prevailed (noticeably existed)
  • "Home of the Joplin High Eagles—reigning state champions in girls' basketball," CyFi says.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • reigning = time of their championship
  • The chapel was soon afterwards left to the silence and stillness which reigned in it, with few interruptions, throughout the year.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • reigned = was most powerful or noticeable
  • In 1935, when Cunningham's record of 4:06.7 reigned, science weighed in.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • reigned = was recognized as the best
  • A vast silence reigned over the land.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • reigned = was most powerful or noticeable
  •   Suspecting that we both were in a house
      Where the infectious pestilence did reign,
      Seal'd up the doors, and would not let us forth;
      So that my speed to Mantua there was stay'd.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
reign = was most powerful

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