What does govern mean?

Definitions for govern
ˈgʌv ərngov·ern

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. regulate, regularize, regularise, order, govern(verb)

    bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations

    "We cannot regulate the way people dress"; "This town likes to regulate"

  2. govern(verb)

    direct or strongly influence the behavior of

    "His belief in God governs his conduct"

  3. govern, rule(verb)

    exercise authority over; as of nations

    "Who is governing the country now?"

  4. govern(verb)

    require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood

    "most transitive verbs govern the accusative case in German"

Wiktionary

  1. govern(Verb)

    To make and administer the public policy and affairs of; to exercise sovereign authority in.

  2. govern(Verb)

    To control the actions or behavior of; to keep under control; to restrain.

  3. govern(Verb)

    To exercise a deciding or determining influence on.

    Chance usually governs the outcome of the game.

  4. govern(Verb)

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

    a valve that governs fuel intake.

  5. govern(Verb)

    To exercise political authority; to run a government.

  6. govern(Verb)

    To have or exercise a determining influence.

  7. govern(Verb)

    To require that a certain preposition, grammatical case, etc. be used with a word; sometimes used synonymously with collocate.

  8. Origin: and governer, guberno, from κυβερνάω

Webster Dictionary

  1. Govern(verb)

    to direct and control, as the actions or conduct of men, either by established laws or by arbitrary will; to regulate by authority

  2. Govern(verb)

    to regulate; to influence; to direct; to restrain; to manage; as, to govern the life; to govern a horse

  3. Govern(verb)

    to require to be in a particular case; as, a transitive verb governs a noun in the objective case; or to require (a particular case); as, a transitive verb governs the objective case

  4. Govern(verb)

    to exercise authority; to administer the laws; to have the control

  5. Origin: [OF. governer, F. gouverner, fr. L. gubernare to steer, pilot, govern, Gr. kyberna^n. Cf. Gubernatorial.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Govern

    guv′ėrn, v.t. to direct: to control: to rule with authority: (gram.) to determine the mood, tense, or case of.—v.i. to exercise authority: to administer the laws.—adj. Gov′ernable.—ns. Gov′ernall (Spens.), government; Gov′ernance, government: control: direction: behaviour; Governante (guv-ėr-nant′, or guv′-), a governess (obs.); Gov′erness, a lady who has charge of the instruction of young ladies: a tutoress (Daily-governess, one who goes every day to her pupils' house; Nursery-, having charge of young children only, tending as well as teaching them; Resident-, living in the family of her pupils).—v.i. to act as governess.—n. Gov′erness-cart, a light two-wheeled vehicle with two face-to-face seats at the sides only.—adj. Gov′erning, having control.—n. Gov′ernment, a ruling or managing: control: system of governing: the body of persons authorised to administer the laws, or to govern a state: the territory over which sovereign power extends: (gram.) the power of one word in determining the form of another: (Shak.) conduct.—adj. of or pursued by government.—adj. Government′al, pertaining to or sanctioned by government.—ns. Gov′ernor, a ruler: one invested with supreme authority: a tutor: (slang) a father or master: (mach.) a regulator, or contrivance for maintaining uniform velocity with a varying resistance: (B.) a pilot; Gov′ernor-gen′eral, the supreme governor in a country: a viceroy; Gov′ernorship.—Governmental theory (see Grotian). [O. Fr. governer—L. gubernāre—Gr. kybernan.]

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  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'govern' in Verbs Frequency: #622

How to pronounce govern?

  1. Alex
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How to say govern in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of govern in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of govern in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of govern in a Sentence

  1. Mario M Cuomo:

    You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose.

  2. Golda Meir:

    I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.

  3. Charles De Gaulle:

    To govern is always to choose among disadvantages.

  4. Napoleon Bonaparte:

    Incidents should not govern policy; but, policy incidents.

  5. Ali Akbar Velayati:

    We will not allow liberals and communists to govern in Iraq.

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