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Dictionary definition for: Govern

1. (v) bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations; "We cannot regulate the way people dress" "This town likes to regulate"

2. (v) direct or strongly influence the behavior of; "His belief in God governs his conduct"

3. (v) exercise authority over; as of nations; "Who is governing the country now?"

4. (v) require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood; "most transitive verbs govern the accusative case in German"

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