Definition of GOVERN

to exercise authority or power over <the president is elected in order to govern the country, not to follow public opinion polls>
Synonyms boss, captain, command, control, preside (over), rule, sway [archaic]
to keep from exceeding a desirable degree or level (as of expression) <you need to govern your speech and be able to communicate your outrage without resorting to profanity>
Antonyms lose
to look after and make decisions about <the company's finances are governed by its chief financial officer>

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