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English verb: govern

1. govern (social) bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations

SamplesWe cannot regulate the way people dress.
This town likes to regulate.

Synonymsorder, regularise, regularize, regulate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)decide, determine, make up one's mind

Narrower (hyponym)district, standardise, standardize, zone


2. govern (social) direct or strongly influence the behavior of

SamplesHis belief in God governs his conduct.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)command, control

3. govern (social) exercise authority over; as of nations

SamplesWho is governing the country now?.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)command, control

Narrower (hyponym)dictate, misgovern, reign, throne

4. govern (stative) require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood

SamplesMost transitive verbs govern the accusative case in German.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)ask, call for, demand, involve, necessitate, need, postulate, require, take

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