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Definition of "govern" []

  • To make and administer the public policy and affairs of; exercise sovereign authority in. (verb-transitive)
  • To control the speed or magnitude of; regulate: a valve that governs fuel intake. (verb-transitive)
  • To control the actions or behavior of: Govern yourselves like civilized people. (verb-transitive)
  • To keep under control; restrain: a student who could not govern his impulses. (verb-transitive)
  • To exercise a deciding or determining influence on: Chance usually governs the outcome of the game. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "govern" in a sentence
  • "Here is the authority, from God himself, to hold men and women, and their increase, in slavery, and to transmit them as property forever; here is plenary power to govern them, whatever measure of severity it may require; provided only, that _to govern_, be the object in exercising it."
  • "A wise person once said that "to govern is to choose.""
  • "The remedy: govern from the center, try even harder to be bi-partisan, and stop criticizing Wall Street and bring some CEOs onto the White House team."