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govern

verb uk   /ˈɡʌv.ən/ us    /-ɚn/

govern verb (RULE)

B2 [I or T] to control and direct the public business of a country, city, group of people, etc.: The country is now being governed by the Labour Party. They accused the government of being unfit to govern.
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govern verb (INFLUENCE)

[T] to have a controlling influence on something: Prices of goods are governed by the cost of the raw materials, as well as by the cost of production and distribution.
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