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What does govern mean?
Govern means to rule over something with authority, as in In a democracy, people elect those who will govern them.
Govern can also mean to hold something in check, like your temper.
And govern can mean to act as a guiding force, as when your stomach governs your food choices.
Govern, meaning to rule over something, is almost always used to refer to government or politics, as in The president did his best to govern the country during the war. Presidents and prime ministers are examples of people who govern countries or nations. A person who governs something might be called a governor but is just as likely to be referred to by an official title.
Govern can also mean to control or curb something, as in The waiter wanted to shout at the rude customer but he managed to govern his anger.
Govern is also used to mean to restrain influence over something by acting as a guide, as in The lawyer always let his strong sense of justice govern his actions.
Example: Most voters were undecided who would be better at governing the country.
Where does govern come from?
The first records of govern come from around 1250. It ultimately comes from the Greek kybernân, meaning “to steer.” In a manner of speaking, a person who governs something guides its course or direction.
Govern is a synonym of words such rule, command, or lead. However, govern usually implies that the person is the head of an organized state or a just administration. When a person is said to govern, this often means that they lead a state or bureaucracy but almost always have limited power. By contrast, people such as kings, queens, emperors, and dictators who have most or all of the political power are often said to rule a nation rather than govern it.
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How is govern used in real life?
Govern is a word that most often refers to the actions performed by a leader of a country or other organization.
I understand where you are coming from but yes it does. DC have no local representative thus no say on any laws that govern them and no extra rights that states grant their citizens. Plus they have a population bigger then some states
— TJ Lau (@Makoa_22) April 22, 2021
Money doesnt govern our actions, its not our king or our motivation
— DEMIC 🇩🇲🇺🇸 (@KingDemic) July 8, 2013
You cannot reap where you have not sown. A people you have disrespected and have governed poorly will not go all out to defend you against public ridicule.
— Dr. Dípò Awójídé (@OgbeniDipo) March 27, 2020
Try using govern!
Which of the following people is most likely to govern something?
A. an electrician
B. a mayor
C. a police officer
D. a chef
How to use govern in a sentence
When the existing Republican Party has been reduced to political rubble, those who do not have a home in the Democratic Party can clear away the rubble, find a governing philosophy and develop a constituency.
The upfront philosophy is governed by wanting to create lifetime value relationships with clients.‘Proactive is the path’: Group Nine’s Geoff Schiller on his selling strategy|Kayleigh Barber|February 9, 2021|Digiday
“We need to unite for us to take the majority and govern,” McCarthy told the gathering, according to a lawmaker in the room.McCarthy moves to keep splintering GOP intact, with protection for both Cheney and Greene|Mike DeBonis, Paul Kane|February 4, 2021|Washington Post
One of his attorneys, David Moyse, said Tuesday that, at the time of the assault, his client was governed by broader issues connected with years of alcohol abuse.Bethesda bike-trail assailant receives probation for attack in flier-snatching case|Dan Morse|February 2, 2021|Washington Post
Federal health privacy laws don’t govern a lot of biometric data collected by teams, legal experts say.As biometrics boom, who owns athletes’ data? It depends on the sport.|Nick Busca|February 2, 2021|Washington Post
“We restored our brand, showed we could govern, we took the temperature down,” says Feehery.Can Obama and a Republican Senate Find Common Ground?|Eleanor Clift|November 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“The NTC pretends to govern, but it doesn't have any real power in the interior,” Tombstone tells him.This Sexy Thriller Is Just the Document the Benghazi Commission Needs|Christopher Dickey|September 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We think he will govern better for the Iraqi people and we will be able to work with him.
We think he will govern more inclusively and govern more with an eye with what is better for Iraq than the current situation.
By jumping into the race, Lewis could force Emanuel to govern to the left to fend off her attacks.
It is true that such application is not so high or grand as when they govern ideas, but it is equally genuine.Assimilative Memory|Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
Those who really count in a nation and those who govern its destinies for good or ill are those who are born in it.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
As the valve V1 is open, the sound waves formed in the pipe P1 will govern the speed of vibration of the motor M.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building|George Laing Miller
Let modesty and kind feeling govern your conversation, as other rules of life.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness|Florence Hartley
All agree that the intention of the parties should govern, but differ as to intention expressed in the words they have used.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman|Albert Sidney Bolles