1. To make and administer the public policy and affairs of; to exercise sovereign authority in.
  2. To control the actions or behavior of; to keep under control; to restrain.
    Govern yourselves like civilized people.
    a student who could not govern his impulses.
  3. To exercise a deciding or determining influence on.
    Chance usually governs the outcome of the game.
  4. To control the speed, flow etc. of; to regulate.
    a valve that governs fuel intake.
  5. To exercise political authority; to run a government.
  6. To have or exercise a determining influence.
  7. To require that a certain preposition, grammatical case, etc. be used with a word; sometimes used synonymously with collocate.

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