- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɡʌvɚn/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɡʌvən/
- Hyphenation: gov‧ern
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- Rhymes: -ʌvə(ɹ)n
- (transitive) To make and administer the public policy and affairs of; to exercise sovereign authority in.
- The old king governed the land wisely.
- (transitive) To control the actions or behavior of; to keep under control; to restrain.
- Govern yourselves like civilized people.
- a student who could not govern his impulses
- 2016, Justin Deschamps, Find the strength, courage, and discipline to govern yourself or be governed by someone else.
- Find the strength, courage, and discipline to govern yourself or be governed by someone else.
- (transitive) To exercise a deciding or determining influence on.
- Chance governs the outcome of many card games.
- (transitive, obsolete) To handle, to manage, to oversee (a matter, an affair, a household, etc.).
- (transitive) To control the speed, flow etc. of; to regulate.
- a valve that governs fuel intake
- (transitive, obsolete) To direct the course of, to guide in some direction, to steer.
- (transitive, obsolete) To look after, to take care of, to tend to (someone or some plant).
- c. 1587–1588, [Christopher Marlowe], Tamburlaine the Great. […] The First Part […], part 1, 2nd edition, London: […] [R. Robinson for] Richard Iones, […], published 1592, OCLC 932920499; reprinted as Tamburlaine the Great (A Scolar Press Facsimile), Menston, Yorkshire; London: Scolar Press, 1973, →ISBN, Act I, scene ii:
- from my vncles country of Medea,
Where all my youth I haue bene gouerned, […]
- (transitive, obsolete) To manage, to control, to work (a tool or mechanical device).
- (intransitive) To exercise political authority; to run a government.
- (intransitive) To have or exercise a determining influence.
- (transitive, grammar) To require that a certain preposition, grammatical case, etc. be used with a word; sometimes used synonymously with collocate.
to control the actions of
to exercise a determining influence on
to control the speed or magnitude of
(intr.) to have a determining influence
grammar: to require that a certain preposition, grammatical case, etc. be used with a word
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Translations to be checked
govern (plural governs)
- The act of governing
govern m (plural governs)