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Meaning of GOVERN

Pronunciation:  'guvurn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  direct or strongly influence the behavior of; "His belief in God governs his conduct"
  2. [v]  bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations; "We cannot regulate the way people dress"; "This town likes to regulate"
  3. [v]  exercise authority over; as of nations; "Who is governing the country now?"
  4. [v]  require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood; "most transitive verbs govern the accusative case in German"

GOVERN is a 6 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: order, regularize, regulate, rule
 Antonyms: deregulate
 See Also: ask, call for, command, control, decide, demand, determine, dictate, district, involve, make up one's mind, misgovern, necessitate, need, postulate, reign, require, standardise, standardize, take, throne, zone



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Gov"ern\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Governed}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Governing}.] [OF. governer, F. gouverner, fr. L.
    gubernare to steer, pilot, govern, Gr. kyberna^n. Cf.
    1. To direct and control, as the actions or conduct of men,
       either by established laws or by arbitrary will; to
       regulate by authority. ``Fit to govern and rule
       multitudes.'' --Shak.
    2. To regulate; to influence; to direct; to restrain; to
       manage; as, to govern the life; to govern a horse.
             Govern well thy appetite.             --Milton.
    3. (Gram.) 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.
  2. \Gov"ern\, v. i.
    To exercise authority; to administer the laws; to have the
    control. --Dryden.
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