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govern Explained

govern at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


govern at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1297, from O.Fr. governer "govern," from L. gubernare "to direct, rule, guide," originally "to steer," from Gk. kybernan "to steer or pilot a ship, direct" (the roof ot cybernetics). The -k- to -g- sound shift is perhaps via the medium of Etruscan. Governess "female ruler" is 1483, shortening of governouresse "a woman who rules;" in the sense of "a female teacher in a private home" it is attested from 1712. Government is first attested 1553, from O.Fr. governement (replacing M.E. governance); governor (c.1300) is from L. gubernatorem (nom. gubernator) "director, ruler, governor," originally "steersman, pilot." Gubernatorial (1734, chiefly in Amer.Eng.) preserves the L. form. ///

govern at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

W3 v [Date: 1200-1300; Language: Old French; Origin: governer, from Latin gubernare, from Greek kybernan 'to control the direction of something']//
1 [I and T] to officially and legally control a country and make all the decisions about taxes, laws, public services etc: rule// --the military leaders who govern the country// --a country governed by a military elite// --The party had been governing for seven months.//
2 [T] if rules, principles etc govern the way a system or situation works, they control how it happens: --legislation governing the export of live animals// --The universe is governed by the laws of physics.//

govern at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

116 Moby Thesaurus words for "govern":
administer, administrate, arrest, be master, be responsible for,
boss, bridle, call the shots, call the signals, captain,
carry authority, carry on, carry out, chair, check, command,
conduct, constrain, contain, control, cool, cool off,
crack the whip, curb, curtail, decelerate, decide, determine,
direct, discipline, dispose, dominate, dompt, engineer, enjoin,
execute, guard, guide, handle, have clout, have power,
have the power, have the right, have the say, head, head up,
hinder, hold, hold at bay, hold back, hold fast, hold in,
hold in check, hold in leash, hold the reins, hold up, inhibit,
keep, keep back, keep from, keep in, keep in check,
keep under control, lay under restraint, lead, lead on, look after,
make the rules, manage, maneuver, manipulate, master, mastermind,
officer, order, overrule, oversee, pilot, possess authority,
prescribe, preside over, prohibit, pull, pull in, pull the strings,
quarterback, regulate, reign, rein, rein in, render, repress,
restrain, retard, retrench, rule, run, set back, shepherd, skipper,
slow down, snub, stand over, steer, straiten, subdue, superintend,
supervise, suppress, sway, take command, take the lead,
wear the crown, wear the pants, wield authority, withhold

govern at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[N] (Direction): direction, management, government, legislation, regulation, guidance, steering, piloting, helm, rudder, compass, guiding star, pole star.

[V] (Direction): direct, manage, govern, conduct, lead, regulate, guide, steer, pilot, take the helm, drive, supervise, oversee, control.

[N] (Authority): authority, influence, patronage, power, prestige, prerogative, jurisdiction, right, title, direction, government, divine right, authoritativeness, absoluteness, absolutism, despotism, mastery, control, hold, grasp, grip.

[V] (Authority): authorize, permit, warrant, dictate, order, have the upper hand, dominate, rule, control, govern, master.

[N] (a): government, legal authority, sovereign, authority, master, direction, nation, state, country, nation-state, dominion, republic, empire, union, kingdom, principality.

[V] (a): govern, rule, have authority, reign, be sovereign, assume authority.

[ADJ] (a): regal, sovereign, governing, royal, royalist, monarchical, kingly, imperial, princely, feudal, aristocratic, autocratic, oligarchic, dynastic, ruling, imperious, authoritative, executive, administrative, imperative, peremptory, absolute, hegemonic.

[V] (Deity): create, move, preserve, govern, atone, redeem, save, propitiate, call, ordain, bless, sanctify, glorify.

govern at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

1 to legally control a country or its people and be responsible for introducing new laws, organizing public services, etc:
[VN] The country is governed by elected representatives of the people. * [V] He accused the opposition party of being unfit to govern.
2 [VN] [often passive] to control or influence sb/sth or how sth happens, functions, etc:
Prices are very much governed by market demand. * All his decisions have been entirely governed by self-interest. * We need changes in the law governing school attendance.
3 [VN] (grammar) if a word governs another word or phrase, it affects how that word or phrase is formed or used

Govern at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

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.
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.

Govern \Gov"ern\, v. i.
To exercise authority; to administer the laws; to have the
control. --Dryden.

govern at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

v 1: bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage;
impose regulations; "We cannot regulate the way people
dress"; "This town likes to regulate" [syn: {regulate},
{regularize}, {regularise}, {order}] [ant: {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?" [syn: {rule}]
4: require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood;
"most transitive verbs govern the accusative case in

govern at English (WD) Of Explained:



Inter: etyl » xno and Inter: etyl » fro Inter: term » governer|lang=fro, Inter: etyl » la Inter: term » guberno|gubernō|lang=la, from Inter: etyl » grc Inter: term » κυβερνάω||I steer, drive, govern|sc=polytonic|tr=kubernaō|lang=grc


* Inter: a » US
  • Inter: IPA » /ˈɡʌvɚn/
  • Inter: X-SAMPA » /"gVv@`n/
  • Inter: audio » En-us-govern.ogg|Audio (US)
  • : Inter: rhymes » ʌvə(r)n


    Inter: en-ver » b

  • Inter: transitiv » e To make and administer the public policy and affairs of; to exercise sovereign authority in.
    1. Inter: transitiv » e To control the actions or behavior of; to keep under control; to restrain.
    2. : Govern yourselves like civilized people.
    3. : a student who could not govern his impulses.
    4. Inter: transitiv » e To exercise a deciding or determining influence on.
    5. : Chance usually governs the outcome of the game.
    6. Inter: transitiv » e To control the speed, flow etc. of; to regulate.
    7. : a valve that governs fuel intake.
    8. Inter: intransitiv » e To exercise political authority; to run a government.
    9. Inter: intransitiv » e To have or exercise a determining influence.
    10. Inter: transitiv » e To require that a certain preposition, grammatical case, etc. be used with a word; sometimes used synonymously with collocate.

      Related terms

      * government

  • governance
  • governor
  • governess


    Inter: trans-top » to exercise sovereign authority in
  • Catalan: Inter: t+ » ca|governar
  • Danish: Inter: t+ » da|regere over, Inter: t- » da|beherske
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|regeren
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|hallita
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|gouverner

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|regieren
    • Haitian Creole: Inter: tø » ht|gouvène
    • Romanian: Inter: t+ » ro|guverna
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|править|tr=právitʹ
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|gobernar

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » to control the actions of
    • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|ovládat
    • Danish: Inter: t+ » da|styre
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|beheersen
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|hallita

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|regulieren
  • Polish: rządzić, zarządzać
  • Romanian: Inter: t- » ro|regla, Inter: t- » ro|reglementa, Inter: t- » ro|regulariza
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|управлять|tr=upravljátʹ, Inter: t+ » ru|владеть|tr=vladétʹ

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » to exercise a determining influence on
    • Czech: Inter: t+ » cs|řídit
    • Danish: Inter: t+ » da|bestemme
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|bepalen
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|määrätä

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|lenken
  • Romanian: Inter: t+ » ro|conduce, Inter: t- » ro|dirija, Inter: t- » ro|cârmui
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|влиять|tr=vlijátʹ

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » to control the speed or magnitude of
    • Czech: ovládat (used with valve)
    • Danish: Inter: t+ » da|styre, Inter: t- » da|lede
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|regelen
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|säätää

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • German: Inter: t- » de|reglen
  • Romanian: Inter: t- » ro|regla
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|регулировать|tr=regulírovatʹ, Inter: t+ » ru|управлять|tr=upravljátʹ

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » (intr.) to exercise political authority
    • Czech: Inter: t+ » cs|vládnout
    • Danish: Inter: t+ » da|regere, Inter: t+ » da|styre
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|regeren, Inter: t+ » nl|leiden
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|hallita

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|regieren
  • Romanian: Inter: t+ » ro|guverna
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|управлять|tr=upravljátʹ
  • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|gobernar

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » (intr.) to have a determining influence
    • Danish: Inter: t- » da|herske
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|määrätä
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|regeln

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Romanian: Inter: t+ » ro|conduce, Inter: t- » ro|dirija
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|влиять|tr=vlijátʹ

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: checktrans-to » p
    • Inter: ttbc » af: regeer
    • Inter: ttbc » fr: gouverner
    • Inter: ttbc » io: guvernar

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Category: ast:govern -
    Translation: ca » govern
    Translation: cy » govern
    Translation: de » govern
    Translation: et » govern
    Translation: el » govern
    Translation: es » govern
    Translation: eu » govern
    Translation: fa » govern
    Translation: fr » govern
    Translation: ko » govern
    Translation: io » govern
    Translation: kn » govern
    Translation: ku » govern
    Translation: lo » govern
    Translation: lt » govern
    Translation: li » govern
    Translation: hu » govern
    Translation: mk » govern
    Translation: mg » govern
    Translation: ml » govern
    Translation: my » govern
    Translation: nl » govern
    Translation: ja » govern
    Translation: pl » govern
    Translation: sm » govern
    Category: simple:govern -
    Translation: fi » govern
    Translation: sv » govern
    Translation: ta » govern
    Translation: te » govern
    Translation: vi » govern
    Translation: zh » govern