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Govern (IPA: /ˈɡəvɝn/)

Govern (v. t.)

To direct and control, as the actions or conduct of men, either by established laws or by arbitrary will; to regulate by authority.

Govern (v. t.)

To regulate; to influence; to direct; to restrain; to manage; as, to govern the life; to govern a horse.

Govern (v. t.)

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.

Govern (v. i.)

To exercise authority; to administer the laws; to have the control.


Family name

Govern Synonyms

Regularize, Order, Regulate, Regularise

Govern Synonyms


Govern Rhymes

Govern, Lovern

Mcgovern, Self-govern

Govern (Last Name / Surname)

Govern is the #71,478 most common last name / surname from the 2010 United States Census. The census reported that 273 people had that surname.

Spanish Translation

Govern in Spanish is Regir

Tagalog Translation

Govern in Tagalog is Mamahala

Example Sentence (Quote)

"A government may only govern so long as the people, through their representatives, vote it the money to carry on." - Judy LaMarsh

Example Sentence (Quote)

" Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern but impossible to enslave." - Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux

Example Sentence (Quote)

" For how can tyrants safely govern home, Unless abroad they purchase great alliance?" - Tyranny

Example Sentence (Quote)

" For just experience tells, in every soil, That those who think must govern those that toil." - Government

Example Sentence (Quote)

"He who wants to govern must have insight into the hearts of men and act accordingly." - Paracelsus

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