Share this entry

govern
American English: /ˈɡəvərn/
British English: /ˈɡʌv(ə)n/

Translation of govern in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (rule, administer) 1.2 (determine) the laws governing trade practices
    las leyes que regulan la práctica comercial
    Example sentences
    • Lith printing of course is governed by the laws of physics and chemistry.
    • These trajectories are governed by the fundamental laws of gravity and the motion of the object.
    • Within the limits of the laws and regulations that govern our work, we seek to provide the highest level of customer service.
    1.3 (restrain) [literary]
    (temper/passion)
    Example sentences
    • We believe in the right of British people to govern themselves and control their own borders.
    • You have now been provided notice of the law, and thus, please govern yourself accordingly.
    • I think the question you're trying to ask is whether I am able to govern myself well, and by that I mean, am I able to regulate my thoughts and actions according to a set of personal values, morals, ethics, etc.
    1.4
    also: governing present participle
    (party)
    de gobierno
    (principle)
    (passion)
    governing body
    organismo (masculine) rector
    Example sentences
    • It was expected that the task of governing the state would bring impartiality and moderation in their conduct.
    • Here in Tamil Nadu, the party which governs the state didn't win a single seat.
    • This is not an innocent programme, and in the past it's been closely linked to broader ideas of governing the state.
  • 2 (Linguistics)
    (case/mood)
    Example sentences
    • Verbs can be either transitive or intransitive, a transitive verb governs an object, whereas an intransitive verb does not.
    • The Greek preposition had several meanings, depending on whether it governed the accusative, genitive, or dative case.
    • In the absence of any rule governing the cases of pronouns the authors conclude it is not ‘wrong’ to say ‘They invited my partner and I to lunch’.

intransitive verb

Definition of govern in:

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

QUIZ


    Next Score:
    Word of the day doofus
    Pronunciation: ˈdo͞ofəs
    noun
    a stupid person
    Cultural fact of the day

    onces

    In some Andean countries, particularly Chile, onces is a light meal eaten between five and six p.m., the equivalent of "afternoon tea" in Britain. In Colombia, on the other hand, onces is a light snack eaten between breakfast and lunch. It is also known as mediasnueves.