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govern

[ guhv-ern ]
/ ˈgʌv ərn /
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verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to exercise the function of government.
to have predominating influence.

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Origin of govern

1250–1300; Middle English <Old French gouverner<Latin gubernāre to steer (a ship) <Greek kybernân to steer

synonym study for govern

1. See rule.

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British Dictionary definitions for govern

govern
/ (ˈɡʌvən) /

verb (mainly tr)

(also intr) to direct and control the actions, affairs, policies, functions, etc, of (a political unit, organization, nation, etc); rule
to exercise restraint over; regulate or directto govern one's temper
to be a predominant influence on (something); decide or determine (something)his injury governed his decision to avoid sports
to control the speed of (an engine, machine, etc) using a governor
to control the rate of flow of (a fluid) by using an automatic valve
(of a word) to determine the inflection of (another word)Latin nouns govern adjectives that modify them

Derived forms of govern

governable, adjectivegovernability or governableness, noun

Word Origin for govern

C13: from Old French gouverner, from Latin gubernāre to steer, from Greek kubernan
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