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English definition of “govern”

govern

verb     /ˈɡʌvən/
OFFICIAL CONTROL [I, T] B2 to officially control a country: The country is now governed by a coalition government. a governing body Ruling and governing
INFLUENCE [T] to influence or control the way something happens or is done: There are rules that govern how teachers treat children.Controlling and being in chargeAffecting and influencing
(Definition of govern verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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