HyperDic: govern

English > 4 senses of the word govern:
VERBsocialgovern, regulate, regularize, regularise, orderbring into conformity with rules or principles / principles or usage
socialgoverndirect or strongly influence the behavior of
socialgovern, ruleexercise authority over
stativegovernrequire to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood
govern > pronunciation
Soundsgah'vern
Rhymesadjourn ... yearn: 61 rhymes with ern...
English > govern: 4 senses > verb 1, social
MeaningBring into conformity with rules or principles / principles or usage; impose regulations.
PatternSomebody ----s; Somebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Synonymsregulate, regularize, regularise, order
Narrowerstandardize, standardiseCause to conform to standard or norm
zone, districtregulate housing in
Broaderdecide, make up one's mind, determinereach, make, or come to a decision about something
OppositederegulateLift the regulations on
Spanishnormar, regir, regularizar, regular
Catalannormar, ordenar, regir, regularitzar, regular
Nounsgovernment(government) the system or form by which a community or other political unit is governed
governora control that maintains a steady speed in a machine (as by controlling the supply of fuel)
English > govern: 4 senses > verb 2, social
Meaningdirect or strongly influence the behavior of.
PatternSomething ----s something
Example"His belief in God governs his conduct"
Broadercontrol, commandExercise authoritative control or power over
Spanishdictar, regir
Nounsgovernmentthe act of governing
English > govern: 4 senses > verb 3, social
MeaningExercise authority over; as of nations.
PatternSomebody ----s
Example"Who is governing the country now?"
Synonymrule
NarrowerdictateRule as a dictator
misgoverngovern badly
reignHave sovereign power
throneSit on the throne as a ruler
Broadercontrol, commandExercise authoritative control or power over
Spanishdictaminar, gobernar, mandar, regir
Catalandictaminar, governar, regir
Nounsgoverning, governancethe act of governing
governmentthe organization that is the governing authority of a political unit
governorthe head of a state government
English > govern: 4 senses > verb 4, stative
Meaningrequire to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood.
PatternSomething ----s something
Example"most transitive verbs govern the accusative case in German"
Broadernecessitate, ask, postulate, need, require, take, involve, call for, demandrequire as useful, just, or proper

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