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Another word for govern

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Verb
  1. To have charge of (the affairs of others)

    See also:

    over

  2. To exercise the authority of a sovereign

      1. To swing back and forth or to and fro.
      2. To incline or bend to one side; veer:
      3. To incline toward change, as in opinion or feeling:
      1. Governing power or its possession or use; authority.
      2. The duration of such power.
      3. An authoritative, prescribed direction for conduct, especially one of the regulations governing procedure in a legislative body or a regulation observed by the players in a game, sport, or contest.
      1. Exercise of sovereign power, as by a monarch.
      2. The period during which a monarch rules.
      3. Dominance or widespread influence:
  3. To keep the mechanical operation of (a device) within proper parameters

      1. To control or direct according to rule, principle, or law.
      2. To adjust to a particular specification or requirement:
      3. To adjust (a mechanism) for accurate and proper functioning.
      1. To exercise authoritative or dominating influence over; direct:
      2. To adjust to a requirement; regulate:
      3. To hold in restraint; check:
  4. To exercise authority or influence over

      1. Governing power or its possession or use; authority.
      2. The duration of such power.
      3. An authoritative, prescribed direction for conduct, especially one of the regulations governing procedure in a legislative body or a regulation observed by the players in a game, sport, or contest.
      1. To control, govern, or rule by superior authority or power:
      2. To exert a supreme, guiding influence on or over:
      3. To enjoy a commanding, controlling position in:
      1. To manage or regulate the business or affairs of; be in charge of:
      2. To supervise or oversee (an activity or process):
      3. To give guidance and instruction to (actors or musicians, for example) in the rehearsal and performance of a work.
      1. To exercise authoritative or dominating influence over; direct:
      2. To adjust to a requirement; regulate:
      3. To hold in restraint; check:

Another word for govern

Verb

Synonym Study

  • Administer implies the orderly management of governmental or institutional affairs by executive officials
  • Rule now usually signifies the exercise of arbitrary or autocratic power
  • Govern implies the exercise of authority in controlling the actions of the members of a body politic and directing the affairs of state, and generally connotes as its purpose the maintenance of public order and the promotion of the common welfare