Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: governer, from Latin gubernare, from Greek kybernan 'to control the direction of something'


gov‧ern W3
1 [intransitive and transitive] to officially and legally control a country and make all the decisions about taxes, laws, public services etc [= rule]:
the leaders who govern the country
The party had been governing for seven months.
2 [transitive] if rules, principles etc govern the way a system or situation works, they control how it happens:
legislation governing the export of live animals
The universe is governed by the laws of physics.

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