Definition of governor
1 : one that governs: such asa : one that exercises authority especially over an area or groupb : an official elected or appointed to act as ruler, chief executive, or nominal head of a political unitc : commanding officerd : the managing director and usually the principal officer of an institution or organizatione : a member of a group that directs or controls an institution or society
2 : tutor
4a : an attachment to a machine (such as a gasoline engine) for automatic control or limitation of speedb : a device giving automatic control (as of pressure or temperature)
governorateplay \ˈgə-vən-ər-ət, -ˌāt also ˈgə-vər-nər-\ noun
Examples of governor in a Sentence
the governor of the state of Florida
He was the chairman of the board of governors at the school.
the governor of the Bank of England
Wait here while I get the governor.
Recent Examples of governor from the Web
In some cases, the nominating committee is allowed to submit two names to the governor.
Lawmakers have been in session for two straight weeks, capped by a flurry of activity on Tuesday, when the Senate sent a $36 billion spending plan to the governor funded with a permanent 32 percent income tax increase.
But now, thanks in large part to the leadership of Republican governor Asa Hutchinson, Arkansas is taking significant steps toward reversing Obamacare’s devastating impact.
Tokyoites First, an upstart political party headed by the city's governor Yuriko Koike, became the metropolitan assembly's biggest seat-holder in an election on Sunday.
Currently the Secretary of State in Kansas, Kobach would like to succeed Sam Brownback in 2018 as governor of the wreck he's made of the state in his use of it as a lab rat for every crackpot economic theory known to conservative man.
The state’s senior senator, Republican Chuck Grassley, has pledged his strong commitment to wind power, as has the new GOP governor, Kim Reynolds.
The rating system is part of a plan the state board will send to the governor and the legislature for comment before it is submitted to the federal government in September.
The new interior minister’s father, Prince Saud bin Nayef, is the governor of the Eastern Province, where al-Awamiya is located and where most Saudi Shiites live.
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First Known Use of governor
GOVERNOR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of governor for English Language Learners
: a person who is the leader of the government of a state, province, etc.
: a person who is part of a group of people who control a large organization, school, etc.
: a person who is in charge of a school, prison, or other large organization or institution
GOVERNOR Defined for Kids
Definition of governor for Students
: a person who governs and especially the elected head of a state of the United States
Legal Definition of governor
: one that governs: as a : one that exercises authority especially over an area or group b : an official elected or appointed to act as ruler, chief executive, or nominal head of a political unit; specifically : the chief executive of a U.S. state c : the managing director and usually the principal officer of an institution or organization d : a member of a group that controls or directs an institution the Federal Reserve System's Board of Governors
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