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Synonyms of govern in English:


  • 1 he governs the province
    rule, preside over, reign over, control, be in charge of, command, lead, dominate;
    run, head, administer, manage, regulate, oversee, supervise
    informal be in the driver's seat of
  • 2 the rules governing social behavior
    determine, decide, control, regulate, direct, rule, dictate, shape;
    affect, influence, sway, act on, mold, modify, impact on
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