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gov·er·nor

 (gŭv′ər-nər)
n.
1. Abbr. Gov. A person who governs, especially:
a. The chief executive of a state in the United States.
b. An official appointed to govern a colony or territory.
c. A member of a governing body.
2. The manager or administrative head of an organization, business, or institution.
3. Abbr. Gov. A military commandant.
4. Chiefly British Used as a form of polite address for a man.
5. A feedback device on a machine or engine that is used to provide automatic control, as of speed, pressure, or temperature.

governor

(ˈɡʌvənə)
n
1. a person who governs
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the ruler or chief magistrate of a colony, province, etc
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the representative of the Crown in a British colony
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) Brit the senior administrator or head of a society, prison, etc
5. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the chief executive of any state in the US
6. (Mechanical Engineering) a device that controls the speed of an engine, esp by regulating the supply of fuel, etc, either to limit the maximum speed or to maintain a constant speed
7. (Grammar) grammar
a. a word in a phrase or clause that is the principal item and gives the function of the whole, as hat in the big red hat
b. (as modifier): a governor noun.
8. informal Brit a name or title of respect for a father, employer, etc

gov•er•nor

(ˈgʌv ər nər, -ə nər)

n.
1. the executive head of a state in the U.S.
2. a person charged with the direction or control of an institution, society, etc.: the governors of a bank; the governor of a prison.
3. a ruler or chief magistrate appointed to govern a province, town, fort, or the like.
4. a device for maintaining uniform speed in a machine, engine, etc., regardless of changes of load, as by regulating the supply of fuel or working fluid.
5. Brit. Informal.
a. one's father.
b. one's employer.
c. any man of superior rank or status.
[1250–1300; Middle English governour < Old French governeor, gouverneur < Latin gubernātōrem, acc. of gubernātor=gubernā(re) to steer, govern + -tor -tor]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.governor - the head of a state governmentgovernor - the head of a state government  
bey - the governor of a district or province in the Ottoman Empire
eparch - the governor or prefect of an eparchy in ancient Greece
governor general - a governor of high rank
military governor - the head of a government established by the military (as in a defeated country)
nabob, nawab - a governor in India during the Mogul empire
politician - a leader engaged in civil administration
proconsul - a provincial governor of consular rank in the Roman Republic and Roman Empire
satrap - a governor of a province in ancient Persia
viceroy, vicereine - governor of a country or province who rules as the representative of his or her king or sovereign
2.governor - a control that maintains a steady speed in a machine (as by controlling the supply of fuel)
controller, control - a mechanism that controls the operation of a machine; "the speed controller on his turntable was not working properly"; "I turned the controls over to her"
flywheel - regulator consisting of a heavy wheel that stores kinetic energy and smooths the operation of a reciprocating engine
timer - a regulator that activates or deactivates a mechanism at set times

governor

noun leader, administrator, ruler, head, minister, director, manager, chief, officer, executive, boss (informal), commander, controller, supervisor, superintendent, mandarin, comptroller, functionary, overseer, baas (S. African) He was governor of the province in the late 1970s.
Related words
adjective gubernatorial
Translations
حاكِمعُضو لَجنَة حاكِمَهوالي إقْليم، حاكِم منطقَه
guvernérregulátorčlen správní rady
bestyrelsesmedlemdirektørguvernørpræsidiemedlem
kuvernöörimaaherra
igazgatótanács tagja
ríkisstjóristjórnandi; stjórnarmeîlimurlandstjóri, nÿlendustjóri
regulator
člen správnej radyguvernér
direktorguverner
valiyönetim kurulu üyesi

governor

[ˈgʌvənəʳ]
A. N
1. [of colony, state etc] → gobernador(a) m/f
2. (esp Brit) [of prison] → director(a) m/f
3. (Brit) [of school] → miembro mf del consejo
4. (Brit) (= boss) → jefe m, patrón m; (= father) → viejo m
thanks, governor!¡gracias, jefe!
5. (Mech) → regulador m
B. CPD governor general N (Brit) → gobernador(a) m/f general

governor

[ˈgʌvərr] n
[colony, state, bank] → gouverneur m
[school] → membre m du conseil d'établissement; [hospital] → membre m du conseil d'administration
(British) [prison] → directeur/trice m/fGovernor-General [ˌgʌvərrˈdʒɛnərəl] n (British)gouverneur m général

governor

n
(of colony, state etc)Gouverneur(in) m(f)
(esp Brit, of bank, prison) → Direktor(in) m(f); (of school)˜ Mitglied ntdes Schulbeirats; the (board of) governorsder Vorstand; (of bank also)das Direktorium; (of school)˜ der Schulbeirat
(Brit inf: = boss) → Chef m (inf); (= father)alter Herr (inf)
(Mech) → Regler m

governor

[ˈgʌvənəʳ] n
a. (of colony, state, bank) → governatore m; (director, of school, hospital) → membro del consiglio di amministrazione (Brit) (of prison) → direttore/trice
b. (of engine) → controllo automatico della velocità

government

(ˈgavəmənt) noun
1. the people who rule a country or state. the British Government.
2. the way in which a country or state is ruled. Democracy is one form of government.
3. the act or process of governing.
governmental (gavnˈmentl) adjective
ˈgovernor noun
1. in the United States, the head of a state. the Governor of Ohio.
2. a member of the committee of people who govern a school, hospital etc. He is on the board of governors.
3. a person who governs a province or colony.
ˈgovernorship noun
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The secrets of the Bastile are never handed over with the keys of the governorship.
He fought and traveled, attended to his estates in Ireland, to his business in Cornwall, to his governorship in Jersey.
We hear that the Governorship has been offered to Colonel Rawdon Crawley, C.
She had proposed to make this clear to them at dinner with allusions to her late father's governorship, and also at the same time to hint that it was exceedingly stupid of them to turn away on meeting her.
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