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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Anglo-Norman and Old French governer, guverner, from Latin gubernō, gubernāre, from Ancient Greek κυβερνάω (kubernáō, I steer, drive, govern)

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govern (third-person singular simple present governs, present participle governing, simple past and past participle governed)

  1. (transitive) To make and administer the public policy and affairs of; to exercise sovereign authority in.
  2. (transitive) To control the actions or behavior of; to keep under control; to restrain.
    Govern yourselves like civilized people.
    Find the strength, courage, and discipline to govern yourself or be governed by someone else. ― Justin Deschamps
    A student who could not govern his impulses.
  3. (transitive) To exercise a deciding or determining influence on.
    Chance usually governs the outcome of the game.
  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.

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CatalanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From the verb governar, or possibly from Late Latin gubernus or gubernius[1], from Latin gubernum or gubernō.

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NounEdit

govern m (plural governs)

  1. government

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