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govern

  
  ( governs    3rd person present)   ( governing    present participle)   ( governed    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   To govern a place such as a country, or its people, means to be officially in charge of the place, and to have responsibility for making laws, managing the economy, and controlling public services.   (=rule)  
They go to the polls on Friday to choose the people they want to govern their country...      V n  
Their citizens are very thankful they are not governed by a dictator.      V n  
2       verb   If a situation or activity is governedby a particular factor, rule, or force, it is controlled by that factor, rule, or force.  
Marine insurance is governed by a strict series of rules and regulations...      be V-ed by n  
The government has altered the rules governing eligibility for unemployment benefit.      V n  
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govern

  
1    administer, be in power, call the shots, call the tune, command, conduct, control, direct, guide, handle, hold sway, lead, manage, order, oversee, pilot, reign, rule, steer, superintend, supervise  
2    bridle, check, contain, control, curb, direct, discipline, get the better of, hold in check, inhibit, keep a tight rein on, master, regulate, restrain, subdue, tame  
3    decide, determine, guide, influence, rule, sway, underlie  

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