An example of govern is a supervisor telling their employees what to do.
- to exercise authority over; rule, administer, direct, control, manage, etc.
- to influence the action or conduct of; guide; sway: to govern public opinion
- to hold in check; restrain; curb: to govern one's temper
- to regulate the speed of (an automobile, etc.) by means of a governor
- to be a rule or law for; determine: the scientific principles governing a phenomenon
- Gram.: used as of prepositions with noun cases, esp. in highly inflected languages, and, in English, more loosely, of any interrelationship between forms, as that between a preposition and a following pronoun
- to require (a word) to be in a certain case or mood
- to require (a particular case or mood)
Origin of governMiddle English governen from Old French gouverner from Classical Latin gubernare, to pilot (a ship), direct, guide from Classical Greek kybernan, to steer, govern, probably of non-IE origin, originally
verbgov·erned, gov·ern·ing, gov·erns
- To make and administer the public policy and affairs of (a state, for example); exercise sovereign authority over.
- To control the speed or magnitude of; regulate: a valve that governs fuel intake.
- To control the actions or behavior of: Govern yourselves like civilized people.
- To keep under control; restrain: a student who could not govern his impulses.
- To exercise a deciding or determining influence on: Chance usually governs the outcome of the game.
- Grammar To require (a specific morphological form) of accompanying words.
- To exercise political authority.
- To have or exercise a determining influence.
Origin of governMiddle English governen from Old French governer from Latin gubernāre from Greek kubernān
(third-person singular simple present governs, present participle governing, simple past and past participle governed)
- To make and administer the public policy and affairs of; to exercise sovereign authority in.
- To control the actions or behavior of; to keep under control; to restrain.
- Govern yourselves like civilized people.
- a student who could not govern his impulses.
- To exercise a deciding or determining influence on.
- Chance usually governs the outcome of the game.
- To control the speed, flow etc. of; to regulate.
- a valve that governs fuel intake.
- (intransitive) To exercise political authority; to run a government.
- (intransitive) To have or exercise a determining influence.
- To require that a certain preposition, grammatical case, etc. be used with a word; sometimes used synonymously with collocate.