Govern Definition

governed, governing, governs
governed, governing, governs
To exercise authority over; rule, administer, direct, control, manage, etc.
Webster's New World
To control the actions or behavior of.
Govern yourselves like civilized people.
American Heritage
To regulate the speed of (an automobile, etc.) by means of a governor.
Webster's New World
To hold in check; restrain; curb.
To govern one's temper.
Webster's New World
To exercise the function of governing; rule.
Webster's New World

Origin of Govern

  • Anglo-Norman and Old French governer, Latin gubernō, from Ancient Greek κυβερνάω (kubernaō, “I steer, drive, govern”)

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English governen from Old French governer from Latin gubernāre from Greek kubernān

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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