Definition of 'govern'
- 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
- direct or strongly influence the behavior of; "His belief in God governs his conduct"
- exercise authority over; as of nations; "Who is governing the country now?"
- require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood; "most transitive verbs govern the accusative case in German"