Dictionary Results for govern


1. govern - verb

· bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations; "We cannot regulate the way people dress"; "This town likes to regulate"

Synonym(s): regulate, regularize, regularise, order

Hypernym(s): decide, make_up_one%27s_mind, determine




2. govern - verb

· direct or strongly influence the behavior of; "His belief in God governs his conduct"

Hypernym(s): control, command




3. govern - verb

· exercise authority over; as of nations; "Who is governing the country now?"

Synonym(s): rule

Hypernym(s): control, command




4. govern - verb

· require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood; "most transitive verbs govern the accusative case in German"

Hypernym(s): necessitate, ask, postulate, need, require, take, involve, call_for, demand





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