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v. gov·erned, gov·ern·ing, gov·erns
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.
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.]
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) having the power to direct and control the actions, affairs, policies, functions, etc, of a political unit, organization, nation, etc; rule
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|Noun||1.||governing - the act of governing; exercising authority; "regulations for the governing of state prisons"; "he had considerable experience of government"|
land reform - a redistribution of agricultural land (especially by government action)
squandermania - prodigious squandering (usually by a government)
price-fixing - control (by agreement among producers or by government) of the price of a commodity in interstate commerce
social control - control exerted (actively or passively) by group action
trust busting - (law) government activities seeking to dissolve corporate trusts and monopolies (especially under the United States antitrust laws)
devolvement, devolution - the delegation of authority (especially from a central to a regional government)
destabilisation, destabilization - the action of destabilizing; making something less stable (especially of a government or country or economy)
protest march - occasion when you can express opposition by marching (usually on some government institution) without a license
government - (government) the system or form by which a community or other political unit is governed; "tyrannical government"
political science, politics, government - the study of government of states and other political units
paternalism - the attitude (of a person or a government) that subordinates should be controlled in a fatherly way for their own good
manifesto, pronunciamento - a public declaration of intentions (as issued by a political party or government)
authorities, government, regime - the organization that is the governing authority of a political unit; "the government reduced taxes"; "the matter was referred to higher authorities"
event planner - someone who plans social events as a profession (usually for government or corporate officials)
bounty, premium - payment or reward (especially from a government) for acts such as catching criminals or killing predatory animals or enlisting in the military
zero coupon bond, zero-coupon bond - a bond that is issued at a deep discount from its value at maturity and pays no interest during the life of the bond; the commonest form of zero-coupon security
office, power - (of a government or government official) holding an office means being in power; "being in office already gives a candidate a great advantage"; "during his first year in office"; "during his first year in power"; "the power of the president"
anarchy, lawlessness - a state of lawlessness and disorder (usually resulting from a failure of government)
federal - characterized by or constituting a form of government in which power is divided between one central and several regional authorities; "a federal system like that of the United States"; "federal governments often evolved out of confederations"
unitary - characterized by or constituting a form of government in which power is held by one central authority; "a unitary as opposed to a federal form of government"
|Adj.||1.||governing - responsible for making and enforcing rules and laws; "governing bodies"|
dominant - exercising influence or control; "television plays a dominant role in molding public opinion"; "the dominant partner in the marriage"