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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GOVERNS

The nucleus is the most important part of the cell, and governs its life.

The price for American Upland Cotton 12 governs the price of the other varieties.

Notice the principle which governs this twenty-mile residential stretch.

Then comes the question, Who is it governs this country, Colonel Massingbred?

You are here by the law that governs the action of all mobs—the law of Force.

But what is it which governs these clouds, and makes them do their appointed work?

It is perfectly true that that government is best which governs least.

"Fournier, a baker, or one that keeps, or governs a common oven" (Cotgrave).

This variation is based on the same principle as governs the game of Vingt-un.

How this governs the share of the product going to wage earners.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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