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rein

rein

 
pronunciation:
reIn
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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Homophone Note
part of speech: noun
definition 1: (usually plural) a set of leather straps attached to both ends of a horse's bridle bit. Using reins, a driver or rider can control the horse.
 
definition 2: a means of controlling or guiding.
The boss holds the reins of power in this company.In most classes the teacher holds the reins.
synonyms:
check, curb
similar words:
limit
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: reined, reining, reins
definition 1: to stop, guide, or hold back by using reins (often followed by "in").
The rider reined in her horse.
similar words:
bridle, hold, restrain
definition 2: to guide or control (often followed by "in").
I was very angry, but I reined in my temper.
synonyms:
control, curb, guide, restrain
similar words:
bridle, contain, hold
Homophone Note
The words rein, rain, and reign sound alike but have different meanings.