1. [syn: regnant, reigning, ruling]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Reign \Reign\ (r?n), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Reigned (r?nd); p.
pr. & vb. n. Reigning.] [OE. regnen, reinen, OF. regner, F.
r['e]gner, 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.
We will not have this man to reign over us. --Luke
Shall Banquo's issue ever
Reign in this kingdom? --Shak.
2. Hence, to be predominant; to prevail. "Pestilent diseases
which commonly reign in summer." --Bacon.
3. To have superior or uncontrolled dominion; to rule.
Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body.
--Rom. vi. 12.
Syn: To rule; govern; direct; control; prevail.
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
51 Moby Thesaurus words for "reigning":
ascendant, at the head, average, besetting, boss, chief,
commanding, common, controlling, current, dominant, epidemic,
general, governing, head, hegemonic, hegemonistic, in ascendancy,
in charge, in chief, in the ascendant, leading, master, normal,
ordinary, pandemic, paramount, popular, predominant, predominate,
predominating, prepollent, preponderant, preponderate, prepotent,
prevailing, prevalent, rampant, regnant, regulating, regulative,
regulatory, rife, routine, ruling, running, sovereign, standard,
stereotyped, supreme, usual