English Synonyms and Antonyms
Govern carries the idea of authoritative administration or some exercise of authority that is at once effective and continuous; control is effective, but may be momentary or occasional. One controls what he holds or can hold at will absolutely in check; as, a skilful horseman controls a spirited horse; a person controls his temper; we say to one who is excited, "control yourself." A person commands another when he has, or claims, the right to make that other do his will, with power of inflicting penalty if not obeyed; he controls another whom he can effectually prevent from doing anything contrary to his will; he governs one whom he actually does cause, regularly or constantly, to obey his will; a parent may command a child whom he can not govern or control. The best teachers are not greatly prone to command, but govern or control their pupils largely by other means. Command is, however, often used in the sense of securing, as well as requiring, submission or obedience, as when we speak of a commanding influence; a man commands the situation when he can shape events as he pleases; a fortress commands the region when no enemy can pass against its resistance. Govern implies the exercise of knowledge and judgment as well as power. To rule is more absolute and autocratic than to govern; to sway is to move by quiet but effectual influence; to mold is not only to influence feeling and action, but to shape character; to manage is to secure by skilful contrivance the doing of one's will by those whom one can not directly control; a wise mother, by gentle means, sways the feelings and molds the lives of her children; to be able to manage servants is an important element of good housekeeping. The word reign, once so absolute, now simply denotes that one holds the official station of sovereign in a monarchy, with or without effective power; the Queen of England reigns; the Czar of Russia both reigns and rules.
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curb, curbing, kerbnoun
an edge between a sidewalk and a roadway consisting of a line of curbstones (usually forming part of a gutter)
curb, curb bitnoun
a horse's bit with an attached chain or strap to check the horse
American Stock Exchange, AMEX, Curbnoun
a stock exchange in New York
bridle, check, curbverb
the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess
"his common sense is a bridle to his quick temper"
impediment, baulk, cheque, stay, confirmation, bridle, tick, hitch, curb bit, chip, handicap, assay, stoppage, balk, check, check-out procedure, kerb, bank check, tab, chit, curbing, halt, deterrent, check mark, hinderance, hindrance, substantiation, stop, arrest, verification, checkout
control, hold in, hold, contain, check, curb, moderateverb
lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits
"moderate your alcohol intake"; "hold your tongue"; "hold your temper"; "control your anger"
crack, ensure, mark, hold in, jibe, verify, gibe, mince, make, declare, lead, tick off, view as, carry, book, operate, concur, have, maintain, master, hold, moderate, sustain, learn, checker, check out, match, stamp down, conquer, retain, stop, nurse, defy, condition, assure, tame, cut back, guard, prevail, manipulate, comprise, break, suss out, check off, withstand, adjudge, suppress, accommodate, check up on, control, look into, ascertain, harbour, insure, soften, go over, reserve, check, hold back, give, take hold, train, go for, see, conceal, take, deem, incorporate, support, find out, obtain, discipline, apply, chasten, check over, restrict, bind, tone down, have got, entertain, subdue, temper, correspond, command, restrain, keep, concord, keep back, oblige, fit, throw, keep in line, arrest, check into, tally, enclose, contain, bear, inhibit, determine, hold up, retard, take for, turn back, harbor, chequer, delay, watch, defend, see to it, confine, chair, admit, curtail, tick, halt, obligate, agree, mark off
suppress, stamp down, inhibit, subdue, conquer, curbverb
to put down by force or authority
"suppress a nascent uprising"; "stamp down on littering"; "conquer one's desires"
chasten, capture, get over, master, crush, conquer, moderate, quash, keep down, surmount, restrict, suppress, bottle up, crucify, subjugate, reduce, control, stamp down, hold, seize, subordinate, tame, mortify, hold in, curtail, appropriate, contain, oppress, inhibit, cut back, overcome, subdue, repress, check
keep to the curb
"curb your dogs"
restrict, curtail, curb, cut backverb
place restrictions on
"curtail drinking in school"
suppress, bring down, qualify, conquer, moderate, throttle, trim down, flash back, prune, inhibit, cut, trammel, trim back, lop, trim, cut down, reduce, control, subdue, stamp down, hold, cut short, confine, restrain, restrict, clip, hold in, curtail, contain, bound, limit, cut back, snip, crop, dress, check
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How to use curb in a sentence?
But curb thou the high spirit in thy breast, for gentle ways are best, and keep aloof from sharp contentions.
He needs to know that if he takes any action to curb what Mr. Mueller does, we're going to find out about House Democrats, we're going to expose House Democrats.
Throwing bodies into landfill after being injected with a barbiturate isn't good for the environment, my hope is that underlying that, we can figure out what to do to curb overpopulation from starting in first place.
We need the support of other ASEAN countries, and I will continue to (seek that support), this is important for us to maintain balance, and to curb the actions by superpowers, whether it is China or the United States.
It seems to me that our American colleagues should now be somewhat distracted from the instructive tonality that they have been spreading over the years in relation to other countries, take a look in the mirror and then describe everything that they saw there in statements, like those they addressed to many countries of the world, we presume that, in carrying out measures to curb looting and other illegal actions, the authorities should not violate the rights of Americans to peaceful protest.
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- спирачка, слагам юзда, обуздаване, обуздавам, юздаBulgarian
- hemmen, Mäßigung, Zwang, Beschränkung, beherrschen, bändigen, Kandare, einschränken, mäßigen, Beherrschung, Einschränkung, zurückhalten, ZurückhaltungGerman
- restreindre, endiguerFrench
- srianScottish Gaelic
- frenare, tenere a frenoItalian
- intomen, beteugelenDutch
- укрощать, сдерживатьRussian
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