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  1. N-TITLE; N-COUNT: oft the N of n A king is a man who is the most important member of the royal family of his country, and who is considered to be the Head of State of that country.

  2. N-COUNT: the N of n If you describe a man as the king of something, you mean that he is the most important person doing that thing or he is the best at doing it.

  3. N-COUNT: oft N of n A king is a playing card with a picture of a king on it.

  4. N-COUNT In chess, the king is the most important piece. When you are in a position to capture your opponent's king, you win the game.

  5. PHRASE: V and N inflect If you say that someone lives like a king, you mean that they are able to live in a very comfortable or luxurious way.

    a king's ransom see ransom

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kɪ̱ŋNeuter nounoft the N of A king is a man who is the most important member of the royal family of his country, and who is considered to be the Head of State of that country.Examples

The king and queen of Spain...
In 1154, Henry II became King of England.
...King Albert.

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Word forms


Common casekingkings
Possessive caseking'skings'


Basic forms
Present Participle (Participle I)kinging
Past Participle (Participle II)kinged
Present Indefinite, Active Voice
I kingwe king
you kingyou king
he/she/it kingsthey king
Present Continuous, Active Voice
I am kingingwe are kinging
you are kingingyou are kinging
he/she/it is kingingthey are kinging
Present Perfect, Active Voice
I have kingedwe have kinged
you have kingedyou have kinged
he/she/it has kingedthey have kinged
Present Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I have been kingingwe have been kinging
you have been kingingyou have been kinging
he/she/it has been kingingthey have been kinging
Past Indefinite, Active Voice
I kingedwe kinged
you kingedyou kinged
he/she/it kingedthey kinged
Past Continuous, Active Voice
I was kingingwe were kinging
you were kingingyou were kinging
he/she/it was kingingthey were kinging
Past Perfect, Active Voice
I had kingedwe had kinged
you had kingedyou had kinged
he/she/it had kingedthey had kinged
Past Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I had been kingingwe had been kinging
you had been kingingyou had been kinging
he/she/it had been kingingthey had been kinging
Future Indefinite, Active Voice
I shall/will kingwe shall/will king
you will kingyou will king
he/she/it will kingthey will king
Future Continuous, Active Voice
I shall/will be kingingwe shall/will be kinging
you will be kingingyou will be kinging
he/she/it will be kingingthey will be kinging
Future Perfect, Active Voice
I shall/will have kingedwe shall/will have kinged
you will have kingedyou will have kinged
he/she/it will have kingedthey will have kinged
Future Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I shall/will have been kingingwe shall/will have been kinging
you will have been kingingyou will have been kinging
he/she/it will have been kingingthey will have been kinging
Future in the Past Indefinite, Active Voice
I should/would kingwe should/would king
you would kingyou would king
he/she/it would kingthey would king
Future in the Past Continuous, Active Voice
I should/would be kingingwe should/would be kinging
you would be kingingyou would be kinging
he/she/it would be kingingthey would be kinging
Future in the Past Perfect, Active Voice
I should/would have kingedwe should/would have kinged
you would have kingedyou would have kinged
he/she/it would have kingedthey would have kinged
Future in the Past Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I should/would have been kingingwe should/would have been kinging
you would have been kingingyou would have been kinging
he/she/it would have been kingingthey would have been kinging
Present Indefinite, Passive Voice
I am kingedwe are kinged
you are kingedyou are kinged
he/she/it is kingedthey are kinged
Present Continuous, Passive Voice
I am being kingedwe are being kinged
you are being kingedyou are being kinged
he/she/it is being kingedthey are being kinged
Present Perfect, Passive Voice
I have been kingedwe have been kinged
you have been kingedyou have been kinged
he/she/it has been kingedthey have been kinged
Past Indefinite, Passive Voice
I was kingedwe were kinged
you were kingedyou were kinged
he/she/it was kingedthey were kinged
Past Continuous, Passive Voice
I was being kingedwe were being kinged
you were being kingedyou were being kinged
he/she/it was being kingedthey were being kinged
Past Perfect, Passive Voice
I had been kingedwe had been kinged
you had been kingedyou had been kinged
he/she/it had been kingedthey had been kinged
Future Indefinite, Passive Voice
I shall/will be kingedwe shall/will be kinged
you will be kingedyou will be kinged
he/she/it will be kingedthey will be kinged
Future Perfect, Passive Voice
I shall/will have been kingedwe shall/will have been kinged
you will have been kingedyou will have been kinged
he/she/it will have been kingedthey will have been kinged