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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Gov·ern v. t. [imp. & p. p. Governed p. pr. & vb. n. Governing.]
 1. To direct and control, as the actions or conduct of men, either by established laws or by arbitrary will; to regulate by authority. “Fit to govern and rule multitudes.”
 2. To regulate; to influence; to direct; to restrain; to manage; as, to govern the life; to govern a horse.
    Govern well thy appetite.   --Milton.
 3. Gram. To require to be in a particular case; as, a transitive verb governs a noun in the objective case; or to require (a particular case); as, a transitive verb governs the objective case.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : the body of people who are citizens of a particular
          government; "governments derive their just powers from
          the consent of the governed"--Declaration of Independence