Definitions for govern

Definitions for (verb) govern

Main entry: govern

Definition: direct or strongly influence the behavior of

Usage: His belief in God governs his conduct

Main entry: govern, regularise, regularize, regulate, order

Definition: bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations

Usage: We cannot regulate the way people dress; This town likes to regulate

Main entry: govern, rule

Definition: exercise authority over; as of nations

Usage: Who is governing the country now?

Main entry: govern

Definition: require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood

Usage: most transitive verbs govern the accusative case in German

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