Synonyms and Antonyms of govern
to exercise authority or power over
- The president is elected in order to govern the country.
conduct, direct, head, lead
administer, manage, micromanage, oversee, regulate, superintend, supervise
dictate, dominate, domineer, lord (it over), master, oppress, reign (over), tyrannize
conquer, subdue, subjugate
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 shouting.
bridle, check, constrain, contain, control, curb, hold, inhibit, keep, measure, pull in, regulate, rein (in), restrain, rule, tame
bottle (up), choke (back), hold back, mince, muffle, pocket, repress, sink, smother, squelch, stifle, strangle, suppress, swallow
arrest, interrupt, stop
block, hamper, handcuff, hinder, impede, obstruct
gag, muzzle, silence
to look after and make decisions about
- The company's finances are governed by its chief financial officer.
administer, administrate, carry on, conduct, control, direct, guide, handle, keep, manage, operate, overlook, oversee, preside (over), regulate, run, steward, superintend, supervise, tend