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govern

gov·ern

govern

 
pronunciation:
guh vrn
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: governed, governing, governs
definition 1: to rule over or in by political or sovereign authority.
The country is governed by the parliament.
synonyms:
dominate, lead, rule
similar words:
administer, command, control, direct, head, manage, oversee, regulate, supervise
definition 2: to control or restrain.
As they grown up, children begin to govern their emotions.
synonyms:
bridle, control, curb, rein in, restrain, subdue, suppress
similar words:
check, discipline, harness, inhibit, leash, master, tame
definition 3: to serve as the rule or determining influence for.
These are the factors that will govern his decision.One's values and principles should govern one's behavior.
synonyms:
determine, guide, influence, sway
similar words:
mold, steer
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to rule with political authority.
The current king has governed for twelve years.
synonyms:
dominate, preside, reign, rule
similar words:
lead, predominate
definition 2: to have influence or control.
My mother governed in our family.For these sailing ships, it was the wind that governed.
synonyms:
dominate, predominate, reign, rule
similar words:
command, prevail
derivations: governable (adj.), governability (n.)
Word History
Govern comes from an ancient Greek word that meant "to steer or pilot (a ship)." From the Greek came the Latin word gubernare, meaning "to direct, rule, or guide."
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  • governor:
    a person who governs. In the United States, a governor is the elected leader of a state.
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