govern
1. [ verb ] (law) bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations
Synonyms: regulate order regularise regularize
Examples:

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

Related terms: deregulate decide standardize zone government rule regulator standardization
2. [ verb ] direct or strongly influence the behavior of
Examples:

"His belief in God governs his conduct"

Related terms: control government
3. [ verb ] (politics) exercise authority over; as of nations
Synonyms: rule
Examples:

"Who is governing the country now?"

Related terms: control reign dictate throne misgovern government government governor dominion
4. [ verb ] (grammar) require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood
Examples:

"most transitive verbs govern the accusative case in German"

Related terms: necessitate
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