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See definition of govern on Dictionary.com
  • verbtake control; rule
  • verbinfluence; hold in check

synonyms for govern

  • administer
  • carry out
  • conduct
  • control
  • dictate
  • guide
  • manage
  • oversee
  • regulate
  • supervise
  • captain
  • command
  • direct
  • execute
  • head
  • lead
  • order
  • overrule
  • pilot
  • reign
  • render
  • run
  • steer
  • superintend
  • sway
  • tyrannize
  • 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
See also synonyms for: governed / governing / governs
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antonyms for govern

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  • abandon
  • leave
  • mismanage
  • neglect
  • fail
  • follow
  • obey
  • serve
  • acquiesce
  • agree
  • allow
  • comply
  • consent
  • give way
  • permit
  • surrender
  • yield
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How to use govern in a sentence

When the existing Republican Party has been reduced to political rubble, those who do not have a home in the Democratic Party can clear away the rubble, find a governing philosophy and develop a constituency.
STOP TRYING TO SAVE THE GOP. IT’S HOPELESS.JENNIFER RUBINFEBRUARY 12, 2021WASHINGTON POST
The upfront philosophy is governed by wanting to create lifetime value relationships with clients.
‘PROACTIVE IS THE PATH’: GROUP NINE’S GEOFF SCHILLER ON HIS SELLING STRATEGYKAYLEIGH BARBERFEBRUARY 9, 2021DIGIDAY
“We need to unite for us to take the majority and govern,” McCarthy told the gathering, according to a lawmaker in the room.
MCCARTHY MOVES TO KEEP SPLINTERING GOP INTACT, WITH PROTECTION FOR BOTH CHENEY AND GREENEMIKE DEBONIS, PAUL KANEFEBRUARY 4, 2021WASHINGTON POST
One of his attorneys, David Moyse, said Tuesday that, at the time of the assault, his client was governed by broader issues connected with years of alcohol abuse.
BETHESDA BIKE-TRAIL ASSAILANT RECEIVES PROBATION FOR ATTACK IN FLIER-SNATCHING CASEDAN MORSEFEBRUARY 2, 2021WASHINGTON POST
Federal health privacy laws don’t govern a lot of biometric data collected by teams, legal experts say.
AS BIOMETRICS BOOM, WHO OWNS ATHLETES’ DATA? IT DEPENDS ON THE SPORT.NICK BUSCAFEBRUARY 2, 2021WASHINGTON POST
The more immediate concern is that law enforcement groups are acquiring technologies while sidestepping the governing bodies set up to serve as a check on police authority.
LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT QUIET ON RELATIONSHIPS WITH ‘PREDICTIVE POLICING’ COMPANYJESSE MARXFEBRUARY 2, 2021VOICE OF SAN DIEGO
They take risks to remain open, and that openness is rewarded with a sense of service and even loyalty among the governed.
THE DANGER OF RIGHT-WING MOBS IS REAL. FENCING AT THE U.S. CAPITOL WON’T HELP.PHILIP KENNICOTTFEBRUARY 1, 2021WASHINGTON POST
As procedures and regulations vary from country to country, the challenge is how to govern mega-constellations without creating legal fragmentation.
THOUSANDS MORE SATELLITES WILL SOON ORBIT EARTH—WE NEED BETTER RULES TO PREVENT SPACE CRASHESLAUREN NAPIERJANUARY 29, 2021SINGULARITY HUB 
It’s an argument that says Big Tech should govern itself according to norms of viewpoint neutrality.
THE RIGHT’S MESSAGE TO SILICON VALLEY: 'FREE SPEECH FOR ME, BUT NOT FOR THEE'DAVID FRENCHJANUARY 16, 2021TIME
Its military withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005—which has since 2007 been governed by the militant group Hamas—but it continues to control the movement of goods in and out of the territory via an air, land, and sea blockade.
ISRAEL IS LEADING THE WORLD IN COVID-19 VACCINATION. BUT PALESTINIANS AREN'T ON THE LISTJOSEPH HINCKSJANUARY 15, 2021TIME
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WORDS RELATED TO GOVERN

  • administrate
  • be in the driver's seat
  • be in the saddle
  • boss
  • carry out
  • conduct
  • control
  • crack the whip
  • direct
  • execute
  • govern
  • head
  • head up
  • hold the reins
  • oversee
  • pull the strings
  • pull the wires
  • render
  • ride herd on
  • run
  • run the show
  • sit on top of
  • superintend
  • supervise
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