Meaning of “govern” in the English Dictionary

"govern" in English

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uk /ˈɡʌv.ən/ us /ˈɡʌv.ɚn/

(Definition of “govern” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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.

(Definition of “govern” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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uk /ˈɡʌvən/ us

[ I or T ] GOVERNMENT to control and manage a country, city, group of people, etc.:

The party was accused of being unfit to govern.
Today, he governs a state where Hispanics make up nearly half the population.

[ T ] to have a controlling influence on the way something happens or is done:

There are calls among politicians for tighter rules governing the operation of large hedge funds.
be governed by sth Prices of goods are governed by the cost of raw materials, as well as the cost of production and distribution.

(Definition of “govern” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)