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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


Antonymsderegulate

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?.


Synonymsrule


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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