Definitions for

Overview of verb govern

The verb govern has 4 senses? (first 3 from tagged texts)
1. (11) regulate, regularize, regularise, order, govern

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

2. (8) govern

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

3. (3) govern, rule

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

4. govern

(require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood; "most transitive verbs govern the accusative case in German") © 2001-2013, Demand Media, all rights reserved. The database is based on Word Net a lexical database for the English language. see disclaimer
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