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Definition of Govern


  1. To direct and control, as the actions or conduct of men, either by established laws or by arbitrary will; to regulate by authority.
  2. To regulate; to influence; to direct; to restrain; to manage; as, to govern the life; to govern a horse.
  3. To require to be in a particular case; as, a transitive verb governs a noun in the objective case; or to require (a particular case); as, a transitive verb governs the objective case.
  4. To exercise authority; to administer the laws; to have the control.

Govern Quotations

No man is good enough to govern another man without the other's consent. - Abraham Lincoln
No man is good enough to govern another man without the other's consent.
Abraham Lincoln

How can anyone govern a nation that has two hundred and forty-six different kinds of cheese?
Charles de Gaulle

Under socialism all will govern in turn and will soon become accustomed to no one governing.
Vladimir Lenin

When a party is in opposition, it opposes. That's its job. But when it comes to power, it must govern. Easy rhetoric is over, the press of reality becomes irresistible. By necessity, it adopts some of the policies it had once denounced. And a new national consensus is born.
Charles Krauthammer

I worked night and day for twelve years to prevent the war, but I could not. The North was mad and blind, would not let us govern ourselves, and so the war came.
Jefferson Davis
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Govern Translations

govern in Afrikaans is regeer
govern in Danish is regere, lede
govern in Dutch is regeren, besturen, aanvoeren
govern in Finnish is hallita
govern in German is regieren, herrschen
govern in Norwegian is styre, regjere
govern in Portuguese is governe, reger
govern in Spanish is capitanear, regir
govern in Swedish is regera, styra
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