Part of speech: verb

To control; regulate; direct.

Part of speech: verb

To exercise authority; administer laws.

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Usage examples "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", 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", William Sleeman.
  3. She prayed the King to govern his son more strictly, and to hold him in such ward about the Court that he might get no speech with the damsel. - "French Mediaeval Romances from the Lays of Marie de France", Marie de France.