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English Dictionary: govern by the DICT Development Group
3 results for govern
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations; "We cannot regulate the way people dress"; "This town likes to regulate"
    Synonym(s): regulate, regularize, regularise, order, govern
    Antonym(s): deregulate
  2. direct or strongly influence the behavior of; "His belief in God governs his conduct"
  3. exercise authority over; as of nations; "Who is governing the country now?"
    Synonym(s): govern, rule
  4. require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood; "most transitive verbs govern the accusative case in German"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Govern \Gov"ern\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Governed}; p. pr. & vb.
      n. {Governing}.] [OF. governer, F. gouverner, fr. L.
      gubernare to steer, pilot, govern, Gr. kyberna^n. Cf.
      1. To direct and control, as the actions or conduct of men,
            either by established laws or by arbitrary will; to
            regulate by authority. [bd]Fit to govern and rule
            multitudes.[b8] --Shak.
      2. To regulate; to influence; to direct; to restrain; to
            manage; as, to govern the life; to govern a horse.
                     Govern well thy appetite.                  --Milton.
      3. (Gram.) To require to be in a particular case; as, a
            transitive verb governs a noun in the objective case; or
            to require (a particular case); as, a transitive verb
            governs the objective case.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Govern \Gov"ern\, v. i.
      To exercise authority; to administer the laws; to have the
      control. --Dryden.
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