Definition of govern

Definition of govern
  1. govern Verb To make and administer the public policy and affairs of; to exercise sovereign authority in.
  2. govern Verb To control the actions or behavior of; to keep under control; to restrain.
  3. govern Verb To exercise a deciding or determining influence on.
  4. govern Verb To control the speed, flow etc. of; to regulate.
  5. govern Verb To exercise political authority; to run a government.
  6. govern Verb To have or exercise a determining influence.
  7. govern Verb To require that a certain preposition, grammatical case, etc. be used with a word; sometimes used synonymously with collocate.
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