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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Govern  \Gov"ern\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Governed};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Governing}.]  [OF.  governer,  F.  gouverner,  fr  L. 
  gubernare  to  steer,  pilot,  govern,  Gr  kyberna^n.  Cf 
  {Gubernatorial}.] 
  1.  To  direct  and  control,  as  the  actions  or  conduct  of  men, 
  either  by  established  laws  or  by  arbitrary  will  to 
  regulate  by  authority.  ``Fit  to  govern  and  rule 
  multitudes.''  --Shak. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Govern  \Gov"ern\,  v.  i. 
  To  exercise  authority;  to  administer  the  laws;  to  have  the 
  control.  --Dryden. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  govern 
  v  1:  impose  regulations  on  [syn:  {regulate},  {regularize},  {order}] 
  [ant:  {deregulate}] 
  2:  direct  or  strongly  influence  the  behavior  of  "This 
  principle  controls  his  behavior" 
  3:  exercise  authority  over  as  of  nations;  "Who  is  governing 
  the  country  now?"  [syn:  {rule}] 




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