rein

[ reyn ]
/ reɪn /

noun

verb (used with object)

to check or guide (a horse or other animal) by exerting pressure on a bridle bit by means of the reins.
to curb; restrain; control.

verb (used without object)

to obey the reins: a horse that reins well.
to rein a horse or other animal.

Idioms

    draw rein, to curtail one's speed or progress; halt: The rider saw the snake and drew rein sharply.
    give rein to, to give complete freedom to; indulge freely: to give rein to one's imagination.Also give free rein to, give full rein to.

Origin of rein

1300–50; (noun) Middle English rene, reine, raine < Old French re(s)ne < Vulgar Latin *retina, noun derivative of Latin retinēre to hold back, retain; (v.) Middle English rainen, reinen, derivative of the noun

Related forms

rein·less, adjectiveun·reined, adjective

Can be confused

rain reign rein
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British Dictionary definitions for give rein to

rein

/ (reɪn) /

noun

verb

(tr) to check, restrain, hold back, or halt with or as if with reins
to control or guide (a horse) with a rein or reinsthey reined left
See also rein in

Word Origin for rein

C13: from Old French resne, from Latin retinēre to hold back, from re- + tenēre to hold; see restrain

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See reign
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Idioms and Phrases with give rein to (1 of 2)

give rein to


see under free hand.

Idioms and Phrases with give rein to (2 of 2)

rein


see draw in the reins; free hand (rein) tight rein on.

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