|1.||[ verb ] (law) bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations|
|Synonyms:||regulate order regularise regularize|
"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|
"His belief in God governs his conduct"
|Related terms:||control government|
|3.||[ verb ] (politics) exercise authority over; as of nations|
"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|
"most transitive verbs govern the accusative case in German"