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Definition of govern:

  1. To direct and control, as the actions or conduct of men, either by established laws or by arbitrary will; to regulate by authority.
  2. To exercise authority; to administer the laws; to have the control.
  3. To regulate; to influence; to direct; to restrain; to manage; as, to govern the life; to govern a horse.
  4. 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.

Synonyms:

prescribe, implant, ordain, influence, shape, regulate, hold the reins of empire, constrain, mold, wear the crown, restrict, steward, check, condition, run, assume command, measure, be in power, machine, tell, ordinate, captain, tend, enjoin, grade, keep, curb, serve the people, operate, inhibit, over, keep down, rein, cure, rule, range, confine, order, handle, tame, occupy the throne, overlook, watch over, predispose, dictate, tyrannize, throw back on, rate, administer the laws, hold sway, hold dominion, predominate, regularize, exercise authority, motivate, determine, look after, put, regularise, decree, modulate, over, rank, prevail, hold office, lay down the law, baffle, arrange, contain, enter, place, restrain, incline, pull in, find, administrate, carry on, legislate, consecrate, set up, wield the scepter, reign over, say, guide, limit.

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