(r?n), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Reigned (r?nd); p. pr. & vb. n. Reigning.] [OE. regnen, reinen, OF. regner, F. rgner, fr. L. regnare, fr. regnum. See Reign, n.] 1. To possess or exercise sovereign power or authority; to exercise government, as a king or emperor;; to hold supreme power; to rule. Chaucer.
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We will not have this man to reign over us.
Luke xix. 14.
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Shall Banquo's issue ever
Reign in this kingdom?
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2. Hence, to be predominant; to prevail. "Pestilent diseases which commonly reign in summer." Bacon.
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3. To have superior or uncontrolled dominion; to rule.
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Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body.
Rom. vi. 12.
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Syn. -- To rule; govern; direct; control; prevail.
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