1. govern

verb. ['ˈgʌvɝn'] bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations.


  • standardize
  • regularise
  • determine
  • regularize
  • zone
  • district
  • order
  • decide
  • make up one's mind
  • regulate


  • indispose
  • upgrade
  • downgrade
  • snarl

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Rhymes with Govern

  • lovern

Sentences with govern

1. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
Depending on location, each office may have different regulations that govern its practice.

2. Adjective
Two separate federal laws govern HR policies on wages.

3. Verb, base form
Employees must use their own judgment to govern their behavior.

Quotes about govern

1. Why should we think upon things that are lovely? Because thinking determines life. It is a common habit to blame life upon the environment. Environment modifies life but does not govern life. The soul is stronger than its surroundings.
- William James

2. This desire to govern a woman -- it lies very deep, and men and women must fight it together.... But I do love you surely in a better way then he does."He thought. "Yes -- really in a better way. I want you to have your own thoughts even when I hold you in my arms.
- E.M. Forster, A Room with a View

3. The idea that God is an oversized white male with a flowing beard, who sits in the sky and tallies the fall of every sparrow is ludicrous. But if by 'God,' one means the set of physical laws that govern the universe, then clearly there is such a God. This God is emotionally unsatisfying... it does not make much sense to pray to the law of gravity.
- Carl Sagan

2. govern

verb. ['ˈgʌvɝn'] direct or strongly influence the behavior of.


  • control


  • disorient
  • dispose

3. govern

verb. ['ˈgʌvɝn'] exercise authority over; as of nations.


  • control
  • dictate
  • throne
  • reign
  • command
  • rule


  • disorder
  • instability
  • war
  • disorganise

4. govern

verb. ['ˈgʌvɝn'] require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood.


  • necessitate
  • demand
  • ask
  • require
  • need
  • involve
  • postulate
  • take


  • disorganize
  • untidiness
  • disorderliness
  • divest