American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To make and administer the public policy and affairs of; exercise sovereign authority in.
- v. To control the speed or magnitude of; regulate: a valve that governs fuel intake.
- v. To control the actions or behavior of: Govern yourselves like civilized people.
- v. To keep under control; restrain: a student who could not govern his impulses.
- v. To exercise a deciding or determining influence on: Chance usually governs the outcome of the game.
- v. Grammar To require (a specific morphological form) of accompanying words.
- v. To exercise political authority.
- v. To have or exercise a determining influence.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To exercise a directing or restraining power over; control or guide: used of any exertion of controlling force, whether physical or moral.
- Specifically To rule or regulate by right of authority; control according to law or prescription; exercise magisterial, official, or customary power over: as, to govern a state, a church, a bank, a household, etc.
- In grammar, to cause or require to be in a particular form: as, a transitive verb or a preposition governs a noun or pronoun in the objective case; the possessive case is governed by the thing possessed; the subject governs the verb in number and person. Synonyms and Rule, Control, Govern, Regulate, Manage; conduct, supervise, guide; command, sway, curb, moderate. Of the first five words, rule is the most general, and is the only one that can stand for the exercise of an arbitrary or a loose kind of sway. Control implies a firm rule, which may not attend to the details of administration, but holds persons in check and prevents things from going in a way not desired: as, to
controlexpenditures; to control fierce tribes. Govern implies the constant use of knowledge and judgment, like the close attention given by a pilot to his wheel. To regulate is to bring under rules, hence to make exact; it is not ordinarily used to express continued action, but it may mean to keep under rule : as, to regulatea watch, one's movements, one's conduct, the administration of a province. Manage enlarges the notion of handling a horse or caring for the affairs of a household to greater things, as a ship, a business, a nation; it implies great attention to details, constant watchfulness, and much skill or at least adroitness; it is rather a small word to be used as a synonym for govern. See guide, transitive verb, and manage.
- To exercise or have control; practise direction or guidance; especially, to exercise legal or customary authority.
- v. transitive To make and administer the public policy and affairs of; to exercise sovereign authority in.
- v. transitive To control the actions or behavior of; to keep under control; to restrain.
- v. transitive To exercise a deciding or determining influence on.
- v. transitive To control the speed, flow etc. of; to regulate.
- v. intransitive To exercise political authority; to run a government.
- v. intransitive To have or exercise a determining influence.
- v. transitive To require that a certain preposition, grammatical case, etc. be used with a word; sometimes used synonymously with collocate.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To direct and control, as the actions or conduct of men, either by established laws or by arbitrary will; to regulate by authority.
- v. To regulate; to influence; to direct; to restrain; to manage
- v. (Gram.) To require to be in a particular case; ; or to require (a particular case).
- v. To exercise authority; to administer the laws; to have the control.
- v. bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations
- v. direct or strongly influence the behavior of
- v. exercise authority over; as of nations
- v. require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood
- Anglo-Norman and Old French governer, Latin gubernō, from Ancient Greek κυβερνάω (kubernaō, "I steer, drive, govern") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English governen, from Old French governer, from Latin gubernāre, from Greek kubernān. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Here is the authority, from God himself, to hold men and women, and their increase, in slavery, and to transmit them as property forever; here is plenary power to govern them, whatever measure of severity it may require; provided only, that _to govern_, be the object in exercising it.”
“A wise person once said that "to govern is to choose.”
“The remedy: govern from the center, try even harder to be bi-partisan, and stop criticizing Wall Street and bring some CEOs onto the White House team.”
“Not an ideal candidate, Brady's personal views veer to the right of our tastes and the well-being of the state, but we take him at his word that he won't push a social agenda as governor and we call on him to govern from the middle.”
“American politics is turning right because Democratic leaders tried to govern from the hard ideological left, even over the objections of their own rank and file and the larger public.”
“Four times Democrats have won control of both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, and four times they have attempted to govern from the left.”
“But the local officials 'connection to the people they govern is thin.”
“This may infuriate his base, but to win back independents he has to govern from the center.”
“He knows Republicans can't govern from the House, so his challenge will be picking the issues on which he might be able to succeed, or at least frame the agenda for the election of 2012.”
“And if we are going to govern well, we will govern from a conservative perspective, Scott said.”
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