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- (transitive) To make and administer the public policy and affairs of; to exercise sovereign authority in.
- (transitive) To control the actions or behavior of; to keep under control; to restrain.
- Govern yourselves like civilized people.
- a student who could not govern his impulses.
- (transitive) To exercise a deciding or determining influence on.
- Chance usually governs the outcome of the game.
- (transitive) To control the speed, flow etc. of; to regulate.
- a valve that governs fuel intake.
- (intransitive) To exercise political authority; to run a government.
- (intransitive) To have or exercise a determining influence.
- (transitive) To require that a certain preposition, grammatical case, etc. be used with a word; sometimes used synonymously with collocate.
Related terms 
to exercise sovereign authority in
to control the actions of
to exercise a determining influence on
to control the speed or magnitude of
(intr.) to exercise political authority
(intr.) to have a determining influence
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