What does the word govern mean?

Usage examples for govern

  1. In theory I had long despised the notion that we should govern our conduct here by hope of reward or fear of punishment hereafter. – The Autobiography of Mark Rutherford by Mark Rutherford
  2. He knew mankind well, and, above all, that part of them which he was called upon to govern, and which he governed for forty years with so much ability. – Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official by William Sleeman