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Meaning & Definition of Govern in English

English

Govern

/gəvərn/

verb

1. Bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage

  • Impose regulations
  • "We cannot regulate the way people dress"
  • "This town likes to regulate"
    synonym:
  • regulate
  • ,
  • regularize
  • ,
  • regularise
  • ,
  • order
  • ,
  • govern

2. Direct or strongly influence the behavior of

  • "His belief in god governs his conduct"
    synonym:
  • govern

3. Exercise authority over

  • As of nations
  • "Who is governing the country now?"
    synonym:
  • govern
  • ,
  • rule

4. Require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood

  • "Most transitive verbs govern the accusative case in german"
    synonym:
  • govern