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Definition of 'govern'


  1. bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations; "We cannot regulate the way people dress"; "This town likes to regulate"
       Synonyms: regulate regularize regularise order
       Antonyms: deregulate
  2. direct or strongly influence the behavior of; "His belief in God governs his conduct"
  3. exercise authority over; as of nations; "Who is governing the country now?"
       Synonyms: rule
  4. require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood; "most transitive verbs govern the accusative case in German"

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