1. bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations

Similar word(s): order, regularise, regularize, regulate

Definition categories: social, decide, determine

2. direct or strongly influence the behavior of

- His belief in God governs his conduct

Definition categories: social, command, control

3. exercise authority over; as of nations

- Who is governing the country now?

Similar word(s): rule

Definition categories: social, command, control

4. require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood

- most transitive verbs govern the accusative case in German

Definition categories: stative, ask, demand, involve, necessitate, need, postulate, require, take

Sentences with govern as a verb:

- Govern yourselves like civilized people.

- a student who could not govern his impulses.

- Chance usually governs the outcome of the game.

- a valve that governs fuel intake.