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Govern meaning

govern - 5 dictionary results

  1. 1. To direct and control, as the actions or conduct of men, either by established laws or by arbitrary will; to regulate by authority.
  2. 2. To regulate; to influence; to direct; to restrain; to manage; as, to govern the life; to govern a horse.
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. To exercise authority; to administer the laws; to have the control.
  5. 5. To direct; control; rule.

govern - examples of usage

  1. Here are representatives of almost all his masters, and it may seem to him a little strange that it should require so many to govern such feeble folk. - "Hodge and His Masters", Richard Jefferies.
  2. No matter how much falsehood may annoy him, a Judge with arbitrary power entrusted to him must not permit indignation alone to govern his decision. - "Hodge and His Masters", Richard Jefferies.
  3. Sir Thomas Gale had not yet arrived from England and no one was there to govern the Colony with the firm hand of John Smith. - "The Princess Pocahontas", Virginia Watson.
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