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governverb

 us   /ˈɡʌv·ərn/

govern verb (RULE)

[I/T] to ​control and be ​responsible for the ​publicbusiness of a ​country, ​state, ​city, or other ​organizedgroup: [T] The ​newlyelectedpresident will govern the ​country for four ​years.

govern verb (INFLUENCE)

[T] to have a ​directeffect or ​controllinginfluence on something: Prices of ​manufacturedgoods are governed ​largely by the ​cost of ​rawmaterials and ​labor.
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governverb

uk   /ˈɡʌv.ən/  us   /-ɚn/

govern verb (RULE)

B2 [I or T] to ​control and ​direct the ​publicbusiness of a ​country, ​city, ​group of ​people, etc.: The ​country has been governed by ​militaryregimes. A ​presidentneedspopularsupport in ​order to govern ​effectively.
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govern verb (INFLUENCE)

[T] to have a ​controllinginfluence on something: Prices of ​goods are governed by the ​cost of the ​rawmaterials, as well as by the ​cost of ​production and ​distribution.
(Definition of govern from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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governverb

uk   us   /ˈɡʌvən/
[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 ​controllinginfluence on the way something ​happens or is done: There are ​calls among politicians for ​tighterrules governing the ​operation of large ​hedgefunds.be governed by sth Prices of ​goods are governed by the ​cost of ​rawmaterials, as well as the ​cost of ​production and ​distribution.
(Definition of govern from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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