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To exercise control, dominion, or direction over; govern:
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  1. To exercise control, dominion, or direction over; govern:
  2. To have authority over; govern; direct
  3. To decide or declare authoritatively or judicially; decree:
To exercise power or authority; be in control; act as a commander
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  1. To exercise power or authority; be in control; act as a commander
  2. To give an order or orders to; direct with authority
  3. To have control or authority over; rule:
To manage or direct (the affairs of a government, institution, etc.)
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  1. To manage or direct (the affairs of a government, institution, etc.)
  2. To direct the taking of (an oath, pledge, test, etc.)
  3. To give or apply in a formal way:
To exercise sovereign power.
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  1. To exercise sovereign power.
  2. To hold the title of monarch, but with limited authority.
  3. To rule as a sovereign
To draft or enact (a law).
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  1. To draft or enact (a law).
  2. To cause to be, become, go, etc. by making laws
  3. To bring about, establish, or influence by means of legislation:
To survey; watch
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  1. To survey; watch
  2. To watch over and direct; supervise.
  3. To catch sight of (a person or persons in some action) secretly or accidentally
(Idiomatic) Be pre-eminent; have the greatest influence (over someone or something); dominate.
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  1. (Idiomatic) Be pre-eminent; have the greatest influence (over someone or something); dominate.
To manage and direct; be in charge of:
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  1. To manage and direct; be in charge of:
  2. To oversee, direct, or manage (work, workers, a project, etc.); superintend
To oversee and manage; supervise.
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  1. To oversee and manage; supervise.
  2. To act as superintendent of; direct; supervise; manage
To manage or regulate the business or affairs of; be in charge of:
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  1. To manage or regulate the business or affairs of; be in charge of:
  2. In a direct manner; directly
  3. To order or command with authority
To say or read aloud material to be recorded or written by another:
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  1. To say or read aloud material to be recorded or written by another:
  2. To impose or give (orders) with or as with authority
  3. To prescribe or command forcefully
  1. To promulgate law.
  2. (Idiomatic) To authoritatively or dogmatically assert what is permitted or not permitted.
  3. (Law, dated) To present the law that applies to a given case.
(Intransitive) to rule as a tyrant
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  1. (Intransitive) to rule as a tyrant
  2. To govern as a tyrant; rule with absolute power
  3. To rule as a tyrant.
To give or apply (medicine, etc.)
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  1. To give or apply (medicine, etc.)
  2. To give or apply in a formal way:
  3. To direct the taking of (an oath, pledge, test, etc.)
To administer.
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  1. To administer.
  2. To manage or direct; administer
To cause to move in a certain direction or toward a certain object; turn or point:
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  1. To cause to move in a certain direction or toward a certain object; turn or point:
  2. To order or cause a person or entity to carry out a course of action; more generally, to govern an enterprise or activity. Of a judge, the giving of a verbal instruction to a witness or jury to behave in a certain way, as in, “the witness is directed to answer yes or no to the questions” or “the jury is directed to disregard the defendant’s outburst.” To order or cause a person or entity to carry out a course of action; more generally, to govern an enterprise or activity. Of a judge, the giving of a verbal instruction to a witness or jury to behave in a certain way, as in, “the witness is directed to answer yes or no to the questions” or “the jury is directed to disregard the defendant’s outburst.”
  3. To turn or point (a person or thing) toward an object or goal; aim; head
To provide with a head:
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  1. To provide with a head:
  2. (Sports) To hit (a soccer ball) in the air with one's head.
  3. To form a head, as lettuce or cabbage.
To have charge of; direct; administer
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  1. To have charge of; direct; administer
  2. To get (a person) to do what one wishes, esp. by skill, tact, flattery, etc.
  3. To continue to get along; carry on; cope:
To take a particular form, order, or expression:
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  1. To take a particular form, order, or expression:
  2. (Nautical) To cause to move on a course:
  3. To do or carry out:
To oversee and manage; supervise.
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  1. To oversee and manage; supervise.
  2. To act as superintendent of; direct; supervise; manage
To manage and direct; be in charge of:
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  1. To manage and direct; be in charge of:
  2. To oversee, direct, or manage (work, workers, a project, etc.); superintend
To hold sway; prevail or predominate
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  1. To hold sway; prevail or predominate
  2. To hold the title of monarch, but with limited authority.
  3. To rule as a sovereign
To have authority over; govern; direct
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  1. To have authority over; govern; direct
  2. To exercise control, dominion, or direction over; govern:
  3. To decide or declare authoritatively or judicially; decree:
To rule over or control; dominate
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  1. To rule over or control; dominate
  2. (Archaic) To rule or govern.
  3. (Old Poet.) To rule; reign; hold sway
To exercise authority over; direct; command
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  1. To exercise authority over; direct; command
  2. To adjust to a requirement; regulate:
  3. To hold in restraint; check:
To put or maintain in order:
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  1. To put or maintain in order:
  2. To control, direct, or govern according to a rule, principle, or system; specif., to impose a body of regulations on a particular industry, type of business, etc.
  3. To control or direct according to rule, principle, or law.
To exercise authority over; direct; command
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  1. To exercise authority over; direct; command
  2. To adjust to a requirement; regulate:
  3. To hold in restraint; check:
To order or cause a person or entity to carry out a course of action; more generally, to govern an enterprise or activity. Of a judge, the giving of a verbal instruction to a witness or jury to behave in a certain way, as in, “the witness is directed to answer yes or no to the questions” or “the jury is directed to disregard the defendant’s outburst.” To order or cause a person or entity to carry out a course of action; more generally, to govern an enterprise or activity. Of a judge, the giving of a verbal instruction to a witness or jury to behave in a certain way, as in, “the witness is directed to answer yes or no to the questions” or “the jury is directed to disregard the defendant’s outburst.”
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  1. To order or cause a person or entity to carry out a course of action; more generally, to govern an enterprise or activity. Of a judge, the giving of a verbal instruction to a witness or jury to behave in a certain way, as in, “the witness is directed to answer yes or no to the questions” or “the jury is directed to disregard the defendant’s outburst.” To order or cause a person or entity to carry out a course of action; more generally, to govern an enterprise or activity. Of a judge, the giving of a verbal instruction to a witness or jury to behave in a certain way, as in, “the witness is directed to answer yes or no to the questions” or “the jury is directed to disregard the defendant’s outburst.”
  2. To manage or regulate the business or affairs of; be in charge of:
  3. In a direct manner; directly
To have or exert strong authority or mastery.
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  1. To have or exert strong authority or mastery.
  2. To be situated in or occupy a position that is more elevated or decidedly superior to others.
  3. To control, govern, or rule by superior authority or power:
To exercise control, dominion, or direction over; govern:
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  1. To exercise control, dominion, or direction over; govern:
  2. To be in total control or command; exercise supreme authority.
  3. To exercise control; for example, Diane’s parents rule with an iron fist.

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
Find another word for govern. In this page you can discover 51 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for govern, like: rule, command, administer, reign, legislate, oversee, hold dominion, hold-sway, occupy the throne, assume command and hold office.