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govern

verb [I or T] (RULE)    /ˈɡʌv.ən/ US  /-ɚn/
B2 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.Ruling and governing
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