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Synonyms for govern
ˈgʌv ərn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. regulate, regularize, regularise, order, govern(verb)

    bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations

    "We cannot regulate the way people dress"; "This town likes to regulate"

    put, ordain, regularise, order, dictate, arrange, set up, say, grade, ordinate, range, influence, determine, mold, baffle, consecrate, rule, enjoin, modulate, rank, regulate, rate, tell, shape, prescribe, place, regularize

  2. govern(verb)

    direct or strongly influence the behavior of

    "His belief in God governs his conduct"

    regularize, rule, order, regularise, regulate

  3. govern, rule(verb)

    exercise authority over; as of nations

    "Who is governing the country now?"

    reign, rule, rein, predominate, regularize, harness, dominate, find, order, prevail, decree, regulate, regularise

  4. govern(verb)

    require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood

    "most transitive verbs govern the accusative case in German"

    regularize, rule, order, regularise, regulate

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. govern

    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.

    command, control, curb, direct, influence, manage, mold, reign, reign over, restrain, rule, sway

    be in subjection, be subject, comply, obey, submit, yield

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. govern

    rule, direct, control, moderate, guide, sway, supervise, manage, command, conduct

    misrule, misdirect, miscontrol

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. govern(v. a.)

    conduct, manage, supervise, regulate, have the direction of, have the charge of

  2. govern(v. a.)

    direct, guide, steer

  3. govern(v. a.)

    control, restrain, curb, bridle, rule, sway, command

  4. govern(v. n.)

    rule, have control, exercise authority, hold the reins, bear sway, have the charge

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. govern(v)

    direct, control, regulate, command, reign, influence, restrain, bridle, guide

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "govern":

    regulate, steer, guide, manage

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How to use govern in a sentence?

  1. President Barack Obama:

    She can govern and she can start here, Day One, more experienced than any non-vice-president has ever been who aspires to this office.

  2. President Bush:

    Though we have political differences, I know Joe Biden to be a good man, who has won Joe Biden opportunity to lead and unify our country, the President-elect reiterated that while The President-elect ran as a Democrat, The President-elect will govern for all Americans. I offered The President-elect the same thing I offered Presidents Trump and Obama : my prayers for The President-elect success, and my pledge to help in any way I can.

  3. Pablo Casado:

    Surrendering to the worst radicals may make you prime minister, but you will not be able to govern.

  4. Eric Swalwell:

    So yeah, we're fired up. so they have to re-examine how they are going to govern.

  5. Martin Hohenstein:

    I think the more that you can govern at the local level, the people that are here who are experiencing what's going on every day, the more that you can pass that to the local government the better you are.

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