reign vs rein : Common Errors in English

About reign vs rein

A king or queen reigns, but you rein in a horse. The expression “to give rein” means to give in to an impulse as a spirited horse gives in to its impulse to gallop when you slacken the reins. Similarly, the correctexpression is “free rein,” not “free reign."

reign Meaning(s)

  • (n) the period during which a monarch is sovereign
  • (n) a period during which something or somebody is dominant or powerful
  • (n) royal authority; the dominion of a monarch
  • (v) have sovereign power
  • (v) be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance

rein Meaning(s)

  • (n) one of a pair of long straps (usually connected to the bit or the headpiece) used to control a horse
  • (v) control and direct with or as if by reins
  • (v) keep in check
  • (n) any means of control
  • (v) stop or slow up one's horse or oneself by or as if by pulling the reins
  • (v) stop or check by or as if by a pull at the reins

reign in News

  1. Seattle Reign FC vs FC Kansas City: Final Score 0-1, Erika Tymrak serves Seattle their eighth loss of the season

    The Seattle Reign continue to struggle in NWSL. They lost for the eighth time in 2013 on Sunday, falling at home to FC Kansas City, 1-0. Sunday night featured a different forward lineup for FCKC as they were left without their star striker Renae Cuellar.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Philly.com

  2. Golden Reign Posts San Albino Metallurgical Test Results

    Golden Reign Resources Ltd. (GRR.V) announced the second-phase metallurgical test results for its high-grade, near-surface San Albino Gold Deposit located in Nueva Segovia, Nicaragua. The
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Nasdaq

  3. Golden Reign Resources Ltd.: Metallurgical Testing Returns High Gravity-Flotation Recoveries of Over 96% Gold and 92 ...

    Golden Reign Resources Ltd. is pleased to announce second-phase metallurgical test results for its high-grade, near-surface San Albino Gold Deposit located in Nueva Segovia, Nicaragua. Metallurgical test ...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Marketwired via Yahoo! Finance

rein in News

  1. Day’s Worst: Sen. Lindsey Graham says he’s OK with government reading our mail

    While many politicians have called for the government to rein in its spying on Americans’ internet and phone activities, others have defended the practices as necessary to protect our safety. And then there’s Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who says he’d be fine with the government censoring the mail. “In World War II, the [...]
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Denver Post

  2. Indonesia’s Delayed Fuel Decision Haunts Rupiah: Southeast Asia

    Indonesia’s government needs to rein in fuel subsidies that have spurred a current-account deficit to support efforts by the central bank to stabilize the weakening rupiah, economists say.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Bloomberg

  3. Pakistan tries anew to end insurgency in resource-rich Baluchistan

    By Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan has pledged to rein in human rights abuses by security forces in the huge, resource-rich province of Baluchistan as a first step towards starting talks to end a long-running insurgency waged by guerrillas seeking an independent homeland. The new chief minister of the province bordering Afghanistan and Iran urged security forces, who deny ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

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