Synonyms for govern
- carry out
- assume command
- be in power
- be in the driver's seat
- call the shots
- call the signals
- exercise authority
- head up
- hold dominion
- hold office
- hold sway
- lay down the law
- occupy throne
- pull the strings
- serve the people
- wear the crown
Antonyms for govern
- give way
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GOVERN
Or have we found angels in the forms of kings to govern him?
For, Madam, could I be supposed to govern the passions of either of the gentlemen?
It was composed of the grim psychological laws that govern the abnormal.
It is too apt to govern itself by what a bold spirit is encouraged to expect of it.
You know that I am sensitive and brave, and that it is my character to govern.
But that is but the vision of a second; my mind has been thinking of the soul that is to govern this personage.
I should govern him as I pleased, he solemnly assured me, in every thing.
A woman must persuade men by gentleness—not govern them by force.
How differently did the Romans and the Greeks govern themselves?
We'll see whether boys are to govern men, or men are to govern boys.'
late 13c., from Old French governer (11c., Modern French gouverner) "govern," from Latin gubernare "to direct, rule, guide, govern" (cf. Spanish gobernar, Italian governare), originally "to steer," a nautical borrowing from Greek kybernan "to steer or pilot a ship, direct" (the root of cybernetics). The -k- to -g- sound shift is perhaps via the medium of Etruscan. Related: Governed; governing.