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gov·ern

 (gŭv′ərn)
v. gov·erned, gov·ern·ing, gov·erns
v.tr.
1. To make and administer the public policy and affairs of (a state, for example); exercise sovereign authority over.
2. To control the speed or magnitude of; regulate: a valve that governs fuel intake.
3. To control the actions or behavior of: Govern yourselves like civilized people.
4. To keep under control; restrain: a student who could not govern his impulses.
5. To exercise a deciding or determining influence on: Chance usually governs the outcome of the game.
6. Grammar To require (a specific morphological form) of accompanying words.
v.intr.
1. To exercise political authority.
2. To have or exercise a determining influence.

[Middle English governen, from Old French governer, from Latin gubernāre, from Greek kubernān.]

gov′ern·a·ble adj.

govern

(ˈɡʌvən)
vb (mainly tr)
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (also intr) to direct and control the actions, affairs, policies, functions, etc, of (a political unit, organization, nation, etc); rule
2. to exercise restraint over; regulate or direct: to govern one's temper.
3. to be a predominant influence on (something); decide or determine (something): his injury governed his decision to avoid sports.
4. (Automotive Engineering) to control the speed of (an engine, machine, etc) using a governor
5. (Automotive Engineering) to control the rate of flow of (a fluid) by using an automatic valve
6. (Linguistics) (of a word) to determine the inflection of (another word): Latin nouns govern adjectives that modify them.
[C13: from Old French gouverner, from Latin gubernāre to steer, from Greek kubernan]
ˈgovernable adj
ˌgovernaˈbility, ˈgovernableness n

gov•ern

(ˈgʌv ərn)

v.t.
1. to rule by right of authority, as a sovereign does: to govern a nation.
2. to exercise a directing or restraining influence over; guide: the motives governing a decision.
3. to hold in check; control: to govern one's temper.
4. to serve as or constitute a law for: the principles governing a case.
5. (of a word or class of words) to require the use of a particular form of (another word or class).
6. to regulate the speed of (an engine) with a governor.
v.i.
7. to exercise the function of government.
8. to have predominating influence.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Old French gouverner < Latin gubernāre to steer (a ship) < Greek kybernân to steer]
gov′ern•a•ble, adj.

govern

- From Greek kubernan, "to steer."
See also related terms for steer.

govern


Past participle: governed
Gerund: governing

Imperative
govern
govern
Present
I govern
you govern
he/she/it governs
we govern
you govern
they govern
Preterite
I governed
you governed
he/she/it governed
we governed
you governed
they governed
Present Continuous
I am governing
you are governing
he/she/it is governing
we are governing
you are governing
they are governing
Present Perfect
I have governed
you have governed
he/she/it has governed
we have governed
you have governed
they have governed
Past Continuous
I was governing
you were governing
he/she/it was governing
we were governing
you were governing
they were governing
Past Perfect
I had governed
you had governed
he/she/it had governed
we had governed
you had governed
they had governed
Future
I will govern
you will govern
he/she/it will govern
we will govern
you will govern
they will govern
Future Perfect
I will have governed
you will have governed
he/she/it will have governed
we will have governed
you will have governed
they will have governed
Future Continuous
I will be governing
you will be governing
he/she/it will be governing
we will be governing
you will be governing
they will be governing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been governing
you have been governing
he/she/it has been governing
we have been governing
you have been governing
they have been governing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been governing
you will have been governing
he/she/it will have been governing
we will have been governing
you will have been governing
they will have been governing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been governing
you had been governing
he/she/it had been governing
we had been governing
you had been governing
they had been governing
Conditional
I would govern
you would govern
he/she/it would govern
we would govern
you would govern
they would govern
Past Conditional
I would have governed
you would have governed
he/she/it would have governed
we would have governed
you would have governed
they would have governed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.govern - bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations; "We cannot regulate the way people dress"; "This town likes to regulate"
standardize, standardise - cause to conform to standard or norm; "The weights and measures were standardized"
decide, make up one's mind, determine - reach, make, or come to a decision about something; "We finally decided after lengthy deliberations"
district, zone - regulate housing in; of certain areas of towns
2.govern - direct or strongly influence the behavior of; "His belief in God governs his conduct"
control, command - exercise authoritative control or power over; "control the budget"; "Command the military forces"
3.govern - exercise authority over; as of nations; "Who is governing the country now?"
control, command - exercise authoritative control or power over; "control the budget"; "Command the military forces"
throne - sit on the throne as a ruler
misgovern - govern badly
dictate - rule as a dictator
reign - have sovereign power; "Henry VIII reigned for a long time"
4.govern - require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood; "most transitive verbs govern the accusative case in German"
necessitate, need, require, call for, demand, postulate, involve, ask, take - require as useful, just, or proper; "It takes nerve to do what she did"; "success usually requires hard work"; "This job asks a lot of patience and skill"; "This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice"; "This dinner calls for a spectacular dessert"; "This intervention does not postulate a patient's consent"

govern

verb
1. rule, lead, control, command, manage, direct, guide, handle, conduct, order, reign over, administer, oversee, supervise, be in power over, call the shots, call the tune, hold sway over, superintend They go to the polls on Friday to choose the people they want to govern their country.
2. determine, decide, guide, rule, influence, underlie, sway Marine insurance is governed by a strict series of rules and regulations.

govern

verb
1. To have charge of (the affairs of others):
2. To exercise the authority of a sovereign:
Archaic: sway.
Idiom: wear the crown.
3. To keep the mechanical operation of (a device) within proper parameters:
4. To exercise authority or influence over:
Idioms: be at the helm, be in the driver's seat, hold sway over, hold the reins.
Translations
يُأثِّر تأثيرا شديدايَحْكُم
ovládatvládnoutřídit
bestemmeregerestyrebetingetlede
hallitamäärätäsäätää
ákvarîa , stjórnast, hafa áhrif ástjórna
ietekmētnoteiktpārvaldītvadītvaldīt
vladati

govern

[ˈgʌvən]
A. VT
1. (= rule) [+ country] → gobernar
2. (= control) [+ city, business] → dirigir; [+ choice, decision] → guiar; [+ emotions] → dominar
3. (Ling) → regir
B. VI (Pol) → gobernar

govern

[ˈgʌvərn]
vt
(= rule) [+ country] → gouverner
to be governed by → être gouverné(e) par
(= control) → régir
vi [party, ruler] → gouverner

govern

vt
(= rule) countryregieren; province, colony, school etcverwalten
(= control: rules, laws etc) → bestimmen; (legislation)regeln; (= determine, influence) choice, decisionbestimmen, beeinflussen; development, person, actionsbeeinflussen; lifebeherrschen; regulations governing the sale of spiritsBestimmungen über den Verkauf von Spirituosen; strict rules governing how much they can earnstrenge Vorschriften darüber, wie viel sie verdienen dürfen; to be governed by somebody’s wishessich nach jds Wünschen richten
(= hold in check) passions etcbeherrschen; (Mech) speed, engineregulieren; to govern one’s tempersich beherrschen
(Gram) caseregieren; the number of the verb is governed by the subjectdas Verb richtet sich in der Zahl nach dem Subjekt
vi (Pol) → regieren, an der Regierung sein

govern

[ˈgʌvn] vt (rule, country) → governare; (subj, king) → regnare (in); (control, business) → dirigere; (city) → amministrare; (choice, decision) → regolare; (person) → guidare; (emotions) → dominare (Gram) → reggere

govern

(ˈgavən) verb
1. to rule. The queen governed (the country) wisely and well.
2. to influence. Our policy is governed by three factors.
References in classic literature ?
I answer that the principalities of which one has record are found to be governed in two different ways; either by a prince, with a body of servants, who assist him to govern the kingdom as ministers by his favour and permission; or by a prince and barons, who hold that dignity by antiquity of blood and not by the grace of the prince.
For which reason the poets say, it is proper for the Greeks to govern the barbarians, as if a barbarian and a slave were by nature one.
The duchess begged him to tell her about the enchantment or deception, so Sancho told the whole story exactly as it had happened, and his hearers were not a little amused by it; and then resuming, the duchess said, "In consequence of what worthy Sancho has told me, a doubt starts up in my mind, and there comes a kind of whisper to my ear that says, 'If Don Quixote be mad, crazy, and cracked, and Sancho Panza his squire knows it, and, notwithstanding, serves and follows him, and goes trusting to his empty promises, there can be no doubt he must be still madder and sillier than his master; and that being so, it will be cast in your teeth, senora duchess, if you give the said Sancho an island to govern; for how will he who does not know how to govern himself know how to govern others?
The charge I give him is to be careful how he governs his vassals, bearing in mind that they are all loyal and well-born.
MANY have an opinion not wise, that for a prince to govern his estate, or for a great person to govern his proceedings, according to the respect of factions, is a principal part of policy; whereas contrariwise, the chiefest wisdom, is either in ordering those things which are general, and wherein men of several factions do nevertheless agree; or in dealing with correspondence to particular persons, one by one.
The new edition of the encyclopedia contains the recent amendments to the legislations governing the sectors supervised by CMA, in addition to the recently adopted legislations, including the provisions that govern insurance agents licensing requirements, regulation of clearing and settlement and regulation of insurance brokers and secured financing.
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What executives need to do is to create those opportunities for a board to macro govern or to have macro engagement as opposed to micro monitoring, is another way to put it.
The Ship Recycling page has a detailed overview of the IMO's moves to govern the disassembly and recycling of ships.
New sets of behavioral guidelines were needed--to govern relations between governors and the governed, for example, or to manage trade and commerce.
The new regulations govern three aspects of tax advice.
However, if we continue to neglect our Kidneys, worrying and not giving her enough water, she begins to drop more and more of her responsibilities--memory, hearing, sexual function, and eventually life itself, as the Kidneys govern the length of our lives.