verb bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations
regularize; regularise; regulate; order.
- We cannot regulate the way people dress
- This town likes to regulate
verb direct or strongly influence the behavior of
- His belief in God governs his conduct
verb exercise authority over; as of nations
- Who is governing the country now?
verb require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood
- most transitive verbs govern the accusative case in German
Gov"ern transitive verb
, F. gouverner
, fr. L. gubernare
to steer, pilot, govern, Gr. . Cf. Gubernatorial
imperfect & past participle Governed ; present participle & verbal noun Governing
- 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."
- To regulate; to influence; to direct; to restrain; to manage; as, to govern the life; to govern a horse.
Govern well thy appetite.
- (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.
Gov"ern intransitive verb
- To exercise authority; to administer the laws; to have the control.
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"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."
-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.
Fear not the Adverb Hell!