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.
Gov·ern, v. i. To exercise authority; to administer the laws; to have the control.
v 1: bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage;
impose regulations; "We cannot regulate the way people
dress"; "This town likes to regulate" [syn: regulate,
regularize, regularise, order] [ant: deregulate]
2: direct or strongly influence the behavior of; "His belief in
God governs his conduct"
3: exercise authority over; as of nations; "Who is governing
the country now?" [syn: rule]
4: require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood;
"most transitive verbs govern the accusative case in