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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.