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govern

verb  us   /ˈɡʌv·ərn/

govern verb (RULE)

[I/T] to control and be responsible for the public business of a country, state, city, or other organized group: [T] The newly elected president will govern the country for four years.

govern verb (INFLUENCE)

[T] to have a direct effect or controlling influence on something: Prices of manufactured goods are governed largely by the cost of raw materials and labor.
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