verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of govern
Examples from the Web for governing
This is not because of bad leaders, or polarized politics, but because of a governing structure that is fatally flawed.
The Millennial Action Project (MAP) seeks to engage young people in politics and give them more of a voice in governing.
Anyway, President Obama is going to have to change his style of governing.
Today, it's our governing elites, regardless of party, who are most apt rush us into the future.
Linge says then, in late 2011, that the National Transitional Council is supposed to be governing Libya.This Sexy Thriller Is Just the Document the Benghazi Commission Needs|Christopher Dickey|September 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Now what is that governing principle or law, which is capable of holding such an aetherial atmosphere to its central body?Aether and Gravitation|William George Hooper
But the enticement of acquisition and discovery of novelty whilst there were not the governing influences in Balfour's excursion.
But it has changed very little—painfully little—dangerously little, in its governing concepts.The home|Charlotte Perkins Gilman
This was not indeed the only, but it was the predominant and governing, interest of his life.Bacon|Richard William Church
Had the governing classes not forced those accomplishments on them in 1872—But there is no use in repining.
British Dictionary definitions for governing
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for govern
Word Origin and History for governing
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.