govern

  • 1 govern — gov·ern / gə vərn/ vt 1: to exercise continuous sovereign authority over; esp: to control and direct the administration of policy in 2: to exert a determining or guiding influence in or over the testator s assets are govern ed by will substitutes …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 govern — govern, rule are comparable when they mean to exercise power or authority in controlling or directing another or others, often specifically those persons who comprise a state or nation. Govern may imply power, whether despotic or constitutional,… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3 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. {Gubernatorial}.] 1. To direct and control, as the actions or conduct of men, either… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 govern — gov‧ern [ˈgʌvən ǁ ərn] verb 1. [intransitive, transitive] to officially and legally run a country and make decisions about taxes, laws, public services etc: • the politicians who govern the country • A small military elite has been governing for… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 5 govern — [guv′ərn] vt. [ME governen < OFr gouverner < L gubernare, to pilot (a ship), direct, guide < Gr kybernan, to steer, govern, prob. of non IE orig.] 1. to exercise authority over; rule, administer, direct, control, manage, etc. 2. to… …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 govern — late 13c., from O.Fr. governer (11c., Mod.Fr. gouverner) govern, from L. gubernare to direct, rule, guide, govern (Cf. Sp. gobernar, It. governare), originally to steer, a nautical borrowing from Gk. kybernan to steer or pilot a ship, direct (the …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 govern — [v1] take control; rule administer, assume command, be in power, be in the driver’s seat*, call the shots*, call the signals*, captain*, carry out, command, conduct, control, dictate, direct, execute, exercise authority, guide, head, head up,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 Govern — Gov ern, v. i. To exercise authority; to administer the laws; to have the control. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 9 govern — ► VERB 1) conduct the policy and affairs of (a state, organization, or people). 2) control or influence. 3) constitute a rule, standard, or principle for. 4) Grammar (of a word) require that (another word or group of words) be in a particular… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 govern — verb ADVERB ▪ effectively, well ▪ directly ▪ The colony was governed directly from Paris. VERB + GOVERN ▪ be fit to, be unfit …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 11 govern */*/ — UK [ˈɡʌvə(r)n] / US [ˈɡʌvərn] verb Word forms govern : present tense I/you/we/they govern he/she/it governs present participle governing past tense governed past participle governed 1) [intransitive/transitive] to control and manage an area, city …

    English dictionary

  • 12 govèrn — gouvèr m. gouvernement; gouvernail; saine gestion d une maison; bon sens; jugement. Aquel òme a ges de govèrn : cet homme est dépourvu de bon sens. Aver lo govèrn : gouverner; diriger. Bòn govèrn : bonne administration, bonne gestion. Una femna… …

    Diccionari Personau e Evolutiu

  • 13 govern — verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French governer, from Latin gubernare to steer, govern, from Greek kybernan Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to exercise continuous sovereign authority over; especially to control and direct the… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 14 govern — /ˈgʌvən / (say guvuhn) verb (t) 1. to rule by right of authority, as a sovereign does: to govern a state. 2. to exercise a directing or restraining influence over; guide: the motives governing a decision. 3. to hold in check: to govern one s… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 15 govern — governable, adj. governability, governableness, n. /guv euhrn/, v.t. 1. to rule over by right of authority: to govern a nation. 2. to exercise a directing or restraining influence over; guide: the motives governing a decision. 3. to hold in… …

    Universalium

  • 16 govern — verb /ˈɡʌvɚn/ a) To make and administer the public policy and affairs of; to exercise sovereign authority in. Govern yourselves like civilized people. b) To control the actions or behavior of; to keep under control; to restrain. a student who… …

    Wiktionary

  • 17 govern — 01. The island of Okinawa was [governed] by the U.S. for many years after the end of the Second World War. 02. Mexico was [governed] by the same political party throughout its entire history, until the election of Vicente Fox. 03. Prices are… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 18 govern — gov|ern W3 [ˈgʌvən US ərn] v [Date: 1200 1300; : 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… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 govern — gov|ern [ gʌvərn ] verb ** 1. ) intransitive or transitive to control and manage an area, city, or country and its people: RULE: The region is now governed by Morocco. The party will not be able to govern alone. 2. ) transitive to control the way …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 govern — [[t]gʌ̱və(r)n[/t]] ♦♦♦ governs, governing, governed 1) VERB To govern a place such as a country, or its people, means to be officially in charge of the place, and to have responsibility for making laws, managing the economy, and controlling… …

    English dictionary