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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regulate, regularize, regularise, order, governverb
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
direct or strongly influence the behavior of
"His belief in God governs his conduct"
exercise authority over; as of nations
"Who is governing the country now?"
require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood
"most transitive verbs govern the accusative case in German"
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How to use govern in a sentence?
Why should we think upon things that are lovely? Because thinking determines life. It is a common habit to blame life upon the environment. Environment modifies life but does not govern life. The soul is stronger than its surroundings.
I thought she'd govern like she campaigned, and we didn't get that, we got a very dictatorial style of governing, just like we did with Rahm, and it's disappointing.
Theresa May has now accepted what the country has known for months : Theresa May can not govern, and nor can her divided and disintegrating party, the Conservative Party has utterly failed the country over Brexit and is unable to improve people's lives or deal with their most pressing needs. Parliament is deadlocked and the Conservatives offer no solutions to the other major challenges facing our country.
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.
Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern but impossible to enslave.
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- heers, beheer, bepaal, reguleer, regeerAfrikaans
- governarCatalan, Valencian
- řídit, ovládat, vládnoutCzech
- styre, beherske, herske, regere, bestemme, ledeDanish
- lenken, regieren, reglen, regulieren, regelnGerman
- määrätä, säätää, hallitaFinnish
- gouvèneHaitian Creole
- regeren, leiden, beheersen, bepalen, regelenDutch
- rządzić, zarządzaćPolish
- reger, riger, regnar, regnerRomansh
- regulariza, conduce, guverna, regla, reglementa, dirija, cârmuiRomanian
- управлять, регулировать, влиять, править, владетьRussian
- gruvennae, cuberrare, guvernare, guvernaiSardinian
- riadiť, vládnuťSlovak
- härska, regeraSwedish
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