govern verb (RULE)
- We are governed, in Lord Hailsham's famous phrase, by an 'elective dictatorship'.
- The country's being governed by a bunch of incompetents.
- He was chosen to govern the colony by the British government.
- He has been governing the country since taking power in a military coup.
- Another defeat in parliament would seriously weaken the president's ability to govern.
govern verb (INFLUENCE)
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