verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of govern
Examples from the Web for govern
“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.
They govern in the Asiatic way—by fraud if possible—if not, by force.Secret History of the English Occupation of Egypt|Wilfrid Scawen Blunt
He wished to govern England in law and order, and not to maltreat the natives.A History of England|Charles Oman
For257 a Mahometan who chose a vizir ruled, but did not govern.History of the Jews, Vol. III (of 6)|Heinrich Graetz
The cities generally succeeded in acquiring the right to govern themselves and obtained a charter to that effect.A Source Book for Mediaeval History|Oliver J. Thatcher
The treasurer knew that the Raja could not govern his realm without him, and he was well acquainted with his master's character.Vikram and the Vampire|Richard F. Burton
British Dictionary definitions for govern
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for govern
Word Origin and History for govern
late 13c., from Old French governer (11c., Modern French gouverner) "govern," from Latin gubernare "to direct, rule, guide, govern" (cf. Spanish gobernar, Italian governare), originally "to steer," a nautical borrowing from Greek kybernan "to steer or pilot a ship, direct" (the root of cybernetics). The -k- to -g- sound shift is perhaps via the medium of Etruscan. Related: Governed; governing.