Govern

Definition of Govern

Gov´ern
v. t.1.To direct and control, as the actions or conduct of men, either by established laws or by arbitrary will; to regulate by authority.
[imp. & p. p. Governed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Governing.]
2.To regulate; to influence; to direct; to restrain; to manage; as, to govern the life; to govern a horse.
Govern well thy appetite.
- Milton.
3.(Gram.) To require to be in a particular case; as, a transitive verb governs a noun in the objective case; or to require (a particular case); as, a transitive verb governs the objective case.
v. i.1.To exercise authority; to administer the laws; to have the control.

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