Govern meaning

gŭvərn
To make and administer the public policy and affairs of (a state, for example); exercise sovereign authority over.
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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.

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To exercise a deciding or determining influence on.

Chance usually governs the outcome of the game.

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To make and administer the public policy and affairs of; to exercise sovereign authority in.
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To exercise a deciding or determining influence on.

Chance usually governs the outcome of the game.

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To control the speed, flow etc. of; to regulate.

A valve that governs fuel intake.

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(intransitive) To exercise political authority; to run a government.
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(intransitive) To have or exercise a determining influence.
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To require that a certain preposition, grammatical case, etc. be used with a word; sometimes used synonymously with collocate.
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Govern is defined as to control, guide or manage.

An example of govern is a supervisor telling their employees what to do.

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To control the speed or magnitude of; regulate.

A valve that governs fuel intake.

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To control the actions or behavior of.

Govern yourselves like civilized people.

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To keep under control; restrain.

A student who could not govern his impulses.

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(grammar) To require (a specific morphological form) of accompanying words.
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To exercise political authority.
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To have or exercise a determining influence.
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To exercise authority over; rule, administer, direct, control, manage, etc.
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To influence the action or conduct of; guide; sway.

To govern public opinion.

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To hold in check; restrain; curb.

To govern one's temper.

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To regulate the speed of (an automobile, etc.) by means of a governor.
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To be a rule or law for; determine.

The scientific principles governing a phenomenon.

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To exercise the function of governing; rule.
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Origin of govern

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

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

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

    From Wiktionary