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verb govern pronunciation in American English /ˈɡʌvərn/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlegoverning
past tensegoverned
past participlegoverned
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to control and manage an area, city, or country and its people
    The region is now governed by Morocco.
    The party will not be able to govern alone.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to control the way that things happen
    the laws that govern the movements of the stars
  3. 3
    [transitive] to control the way that an organization such as a business or society operates
    The company is governed by strict environmental regulations.
    rules governing union elections


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