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govern

verb [T] (INFLUENCE)    /ˈɡʌv.ən/ US  /-ɚn/
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.Controlling and being in charge
(Definition of govern verb (INFLUENCE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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