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GOVERN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does govern mean? 

GOVERN (verb)
  The verb GOVERN has 4 senses:

1. bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations
2. direct or strongly influence the behavior of
3. exercise authority over; as of nations
4. require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood

  Familiarity information: GOVERN used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


GOVERN (verb)


Sense 1govern [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

govern; regularise; regularize; regulate; order

Context examples:

We cannot regulate the way people dress / This town likes to regulate

Hypernyms (to "govern" is one way to...):

decide; determine; make up one's mind (reach, make, or come to a decision about something)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "govern"):

standardise; standardize (cause to conform to standard or norm)

district; zone (regulate housing in; of certain areas of towns)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 2govern [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Direct or strongly influence the behavior of

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Context example:

His belief in God governs his conduct

Hypernyms (to "govern" is one way to...):

command; control (exercise authoritative control or power over)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 3govern [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Exercise authority over; as of nations

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

rule; govern

Context example:

Who is governing the country now?

Hypernyms (to "govern" is one way to...):

command; control (exercise authoritative control or power over)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "govern"):

throne (sit on the throne as a ruler)

misgovern (govern badly)

dictate (rule as a dictator)

reign (have sovereign power)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something


Sense 4govern [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context example:

most transitive verbs govern the accusative case in German

Hypernyms (to "govern" is one way to...):

ask; call for; demand; involve; necessitate; need; postulate; require; take (require as useful, just, or proper)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


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