verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of govern
Examples from the Web for governed
He campaigned and governed in poetry, and we are all the richer for it.
Our Western propaganda was in that sense entirely true: the East German régime was indeed hated by those it governed.The Stacks: How The Berlin Wall Inspired John le Carré’s First Masterpiece|John le Carré|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
What the record really shows is just how much the fate of the Presidency is governed by the vagaries of chance.
Does government enhance or diminish the safety of the governed?
Nothing is particularly clear because Thailand is in the middle of political upheaval and governed by martial law.
What interested him in life was men and women, and in them, not their actions, but the motives which governed their actions.English Literature: Modern|G. H. Mair
The emotions have full play, unrestrained by the will and governed only by the imagination.Sleep and Its Derangements|William A. Hammond
I shall now proceed to give an account of the chiefs who governed this assembly of states, and of their countries.An Account of The Kingdom of Nepal|Fancis Buchanan Hamilton
In the next place, we must try to understand how the values of things are governed, and made to change from time to time.Political economy|W. Stanley Jevons
It was by this weapon--excommunication--that Europe was governed.Beacon Lights of History, Volume V|John Lord
British Dictionary definitions for governed
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for govern
Word Origin and History for governed
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.