• (GA) IPA: /ˈɡʌvɚn/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈɡʌvən/

govern (governs, present participle governing; past and past participle governed)

  1. (transitive) To make and administer the public policy and affairs of; to exercise sovereign authority in.
    The old king governed the land wisely.
  2. (transitive) 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
    • Find the strength, courage, and discipline to govern yourself or be governed by someone else.
  3. (transitive) To exercise a deciding or determining influence on.
    Chance governs the outcome of many card games.
  4. (transitive) To control the speed, flow etc. of; to regulate.
    a valve that governs fuel intake
  5. (intransitive) To exercise political authority; to run a government.
  6. (intransitive) To have or exercise a determining influence.
  7. (transitive, grammar) To require that a certain preposition, grammatical case, etc. be used with a word; sometimes used synonymously with collocate.
Related terms Translations Translations Translations
  • German: lenken
  • Russian: влия́ть
  • German: regeln
  • Russian: регули́ровать
Translations Translations
  • German: regeln
  • Russian: влия́ть

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