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rains (RAYNZ) (verb)
1. To give or to distribute in a generous manner: Every Christmas season goodwill rains in our community.
2. To precipitate water from the clouds: It rains at least three times a week in the rain forest.
reigns (RAYNZ) (noun)
Time periods that an individual rules a country, often through a hereditary process: The reigns of the three kings extended for more than 150 years.
reigns (RAYNZ) (verb)
To exert power or management of an institution or place: Sally is the one who reigns in her kitchen because she is the only one who can cook in the family!
reins (RAYNZ) (verb)
To slow down or to stop oneself or an animal: Douglas noticed that, although the horse is very lively, the rider reins him in very well.
reins (RAYNZ) (noun)
The straps attached to the bit placed in the mouth of animals for the purpose of guiding or restraining them: Mildred holds the reins loosely in her hands while she is driving the team of horses and the wagon.

When you have spoken the word, it reigns over you. When it is unspoken, you reign over it.

—Arabian Proverb

Throughout the reigns of the great lords, the members of parliament have held the reins of power and a sense of peace and security rains throughout the land.

Word Entries containing the term: “reins
rein (s). reins (pl)
1. A strap, or each half of a strap, by which a horse is controlled by its rider or by the driver of a coach or cart which it is pulling.
2. Any means of guiding, controlling, or restraining someone or something.
3. A strap or harness that fits around the body of a very young child, with straps attached so the youngster can be controlled and guided; especially, when going for a walk outside.
4. To give free rein to someone or something is to allow a person or something complete freedom by imposing no restraints or limitations.
5. To have or to keep a tight rein on someone or something means to maintain strict control.
6. To take up the reins refers to taking charge of something or someone.
7. Etymology: from Old French retenir, from Latin retinere, "to hold back,"; from re-, "back" + tenere, "to hold".
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