Govern Gov"ern, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Governed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Governing}.] [OF. governer, F. gouverner, fr. L. gubernare to steer, pilot, govern, Gr. kyberna^n. Cf. {Gubernatorial}.] 1. To direct and control, as the actions or conduct of men, either by established laws or by arbitrary will; to regulate by authority. ``Fit to govern and rule multitudes.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To regulate; to influence; to direct; to restrain; to manage; as, to govern the life; to govern a horse. [1913 Webster]

Govern well thy appetite. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. (Gram.) 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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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