Govern synonyms

gŭv'ərn
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To manage or direct (the affairs of a government, institution, etc.)
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To hold the title of sovereign, as in a constitutional monarchy
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To have authority over; govern; direct
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To deserve and receive as due; exact:
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To draft or enact laws.
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To catch sight of (a person or persons in some action) secretly or accidentally
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(Idiomatic) Be pre-eminent; have the greatest influence (over someone or something); dominate.
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To manage and direct; be in charge of:
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To oversee and manage; supervise.
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To supervise the performance of:
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To prescribe with authority; impose:
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(Idiomatic) To authoritatively or dogmatically assert what is permitted or not permitted.
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(Intransitive) to rule as a tyrant
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To administer.
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(Sports) To hit (a soccer ball) in the air with one's head.
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To have charge of; direct; administer
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(--- Informal) To depart; leave:
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(Old Poet.) To rule; reign; hold sway
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To reduce or prevent the spread of:
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To adjust to a particular specification or requirement:
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To exert a supreme, guiding influence on or over:
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To make regular; cause to conform.
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Alternative spelling of regularize.
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To give an order or orders; request that something be done or supplied.
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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 53 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for govern, like: administer, reign, rule, command, legislate, oversee, hold dominion, hold-sway, occupy the throne, assume command and hold office.