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Definitions of govern

  1. To exercise anthority; to administer the laws; to have the control. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To regulate; to influence; to direct; to restrain; to manage; as, to govern the life; to govern a horse. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To control by authority; regulate; direct; manage; steer; restrain; require to be in a particular grammatical mood, case, etc. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. To direct: to control: to rule with authority: (gram.) to determine the mood, tense, or case of. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. To direct; control; rule. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. To exercise authority; to administer the laws; to have the control. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To exercise authority; administer or execute the law. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. To exercise authority: to administer the laws. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. direct or strongly influence the behavior of; "His belief in God governs his conduct" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. To exercise authority; administer laws. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. To direct and control; to regulate by authority; to influence; to restrain; to steer; to require to be in a particular case, mood, &c. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. To direct and control; to regulate by authority; to command; to have influence or force, as a verb in grammar; to exercise authority; to restrain. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  14. Governable. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.

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Usage examples for govern

  1. It is a hard, hard residency to govern mynheer. – The Argus Pheasant by John Charles Beecham
  2. Again pardon me; he had no right to govern – A Prince of Good Fellows by Robert Barr
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