govern

Definitions

  • the Staff of a Government Officer in The Time Of The Memphite Dynasties
    the Staff of a Government Officer in The Time Of The Memphite Dynasties
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v govern direct or strongly influence the behavior of "His belief in God governs his conduct"
    • v govern bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations "We cannot regulate the way people dress","This town likes to regulate"
    • v govern exercise authority over; as of nations "Who is governing the country now?"
    • v govern require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood "most transitive verbs govern the accusative case in German"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: During World War II the U.S. government used 260 million pounds of instant coffee.
    • Govern To direct and control, as the actions or conduct of men, either by established laws or by arbitrary will; to regulate by authority. "Fit to govern and rule multitudes."
    • v. i Govern To exercise authority; to administer the laws; to have the control.
    • Govern To regulate; to influence; to direct; to restrain; to manage; as, to govern the life; to govern a horse. "Govern well thy appetite."
    • Govern (Gram) To require to be in a particular case; as, a transitive verb governs a noun in the objective case; or to require (a particular case); as, a transitive verb governs the objective case.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Portion of land in the US owned by the government: 1/3
    • govern To exercise a directing or restraining power over; control or guide: used of any exertion of controlling force, whether physical or moral.
    • govern Specifically To rule or regulate by right of authority; control according to law or prescription; exercise magisterial, official, or customary power over: as, to govern a state, a church, a bank, a household, etc.
    • govern In grammar, to cause or require to be in a particular form: as, a transitive verb or a preposition governs a noun or pronoun in the objective case; the possessive case is governed by the thing possessed; the subject governs the verb in number and person. Synonyms and Rule, Control, Govern, Regulate, Manage; conduct, supervise, guide; command, sway, curb, moderate. Of the first five words, rule is the most general, and is the only one that can stand for the exercise of an arbitrary or a loose kind of sway. Control implies a firm rule, which may not attend to the details of administration, but holds persons in check and prevents things from going in a way not desired: as, to control expenditures; to control fierce tribes. Govern implies the constant use of knowledge and judgment, like the close attention given by a pilot to his wheel. To regulate is to bring under rules, hence to make exact; it is not ordinarily used to express continued action, but it may mean to keep under rule : as, to regulate a watch, one's movements, one's conduct, the administration of a province. Manage enlarges the notion of handling a horse or caring for the affairs of a household to greater things, as a ship, a business, a nation; it implies great attention to details, constant watchfulness, and much skill or at least adroitness; it is rather a small word to be used as a synonym for govern. See guide, transitive verb, and manage.
    • govern To exercise or have control; practise direction or guidance; especially, to exercise legal or customary authority.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: According to the US Government people have tried nearly 28,000 different ways to lose weight.
    • v.t Govern guv′ėrn to direct: to control: to rule with authority:
    • v.i Govern to exercise authority: to administer the laws
    • v.i Govern to act as governess
    • adj Govern of or pursued by government
    • v.t Govern guv′ėrn (gram.) to determine the mood, tense, or case of
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Quotations

  • William Penn
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    “Let the people think they govern and they will be governed.”
  • William Penn
    William%20Penn
    “Men must be governed by God, or they will be ruled by tyrants.”
  • Walter Bagehot
    Walter%20Bagehot
    “It is often said that men are ruled by their imaginations; but it would be truer to say they are governed by the weakness of their imaginations.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    Napoleon%20Bonaparte
    “The art of government is not to let me grow stale.”
  • Count Boytzwnburg
    Count Boytzwnburg
    “The government must always be a step ahead of the popular movement.”
  • Grover Cleveland
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    “Though the people support the government; the government should not support the people.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. governer, F. gouverner, fr. L. gubernare, to steer, pilot, govern, Gr. kyberna^n. Cf. Gubernatorial
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. governer—L. gubernāre—Gr. kybernan.

Usage

In literature:

It is through our state governments that we must approach the problem of reforming the national government.
"The Spirit of American Government" by J. Allen Smith
The last point that needs attention, is the charge that the author is a slaveholder, and governed by mercenary motives.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
An unfavourable position for founding a Government, and, above all, a free Government.
"Memoirs To Illustrate The History Of My Time" by François Pierre Guillaume Guizot
The French government demanded of the emperor an explanation of his intentions.
"Louis Philippe" by John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
Every able-bodied youth, unless his government chose to excuse him, became a soldier.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume I (of 8)" by Various
Comte proposed, in short, to make government a technical science and politics a profession.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
He has received with deep regret the imputations of deserting the Government.
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Volume III (of 3), 1854-1861" by Queen of Great Britain Victoria
Hatreds of this nature affect the public more than governing bodies.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VI (of VIII)" by Various
As they abstained from state government, so they did from local government.
"The Soul of a People" by H. Fielding
It is proposed to place Ireland under a Government governed by these good folks, who are in turn governed by their sacred medicine-men.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
There was no cordial sympathy between him and the government, yet he was hampered by his connection with the government.
"George Brown" by John Lewis
They must govern themselves, or government will pass from them to others.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
The Government at Sydney was as much His Majesty's as the Government at Westminster.
"The Day of Sir Wilfrid Laurier" by Oscar D. Skelton
Well, if it will benefit the government, the government is welcome to it; and Mr. Seddon to the credit of it.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
And they are governed with an iron hand.
"German Problems and Personalities" by Charles Sarolea
Govern yourselves, and we will govern ourselves.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
America has declared against all hereditary Government, and established the representative system of Government only.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Volume III. 1791-1804" by Thomas Paine
The German Government hastened to recognize the new governing power.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VII (of VIII)" by Various
They retort by attacking Council government as class government and, consequently, as undemocratic.
"The New Germany" by George Young
The seat of government is Maseru, on the left bank of the Caledon, with a population of about 1000 including some 100 Europeans.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 4" by Various
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In poetry:

He's in the national government,
He's been a military man;
And in these United States,
He's been surveyor of lands.
"Ajax at the Centennial. 1897" by Frank Barbour Coffin
The government of earth and seas
Upon his shoulders shall be laid;
His wide dominions still increase,
And honors to his name be paid.
"Hymn 13" by Isaac Watts
In vain the charms of nature shine,
If this vile passion govern me:
Transform my soul, O love divine!
And make me part with all for thee.
"Hymn 23 part 2" by Isaac Watts
Rebellious o'er its prostrate slave,
Its iron chain of bondage swings,
Or, govern'd by a master hand,
In numbers loud and strong, it sings.
"Thought" by Thomas Frederick Young
If government be all destroyed,
(That firm foundation of our peace,)
And violence make justice void,
Where shall the righteous seek redress?
"Psalm 11" by Isaac Watts
Nothing on earth the heart can move
To pleasure, like that passion love.
It reigns triumphant in the breast;
Supports and governs all the rest.
"A.B.C." by William Hutton

In news:

This is why I believe in 'that government governs best which governs least.'.
In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed .
The latest special report from the Center for Healthcare Governance looks at the legal and governance structures of safety net hospitals and health systems.
All this has happened not because of new government programs or higher taxes, but because Texas reduced government involvement in the healthcare system and reduced cost of practicing medicine in Texas.
Aung San Suu Kyi has spent her political career in Myanmar advocating for true democratic governance in opposition to martial law and military government control.
Zoltan Kovacs, Hungary's state secretary for government communication, said his country's government more.
The Legislature's 2012 rewrite of Georgia's open government laws, on paper, should help make government more transparent.
Privatization of government services can be a tool for competent governments but it's not a cure for incompetence .
My dad always said that a government that does as little as possible is the best kind of government.
India's aviation regulator has asked Kingfisher Airlines Ltd, which faces a possible shutdown by the government after an extended grounding of its fleet, to stop selling tickets until its concerns are resolved, a government source said.
Government Warns Against Visiting Lake Superior due to E. From Government, Legal and Policy.
CARLSBAD (AP) — The state auditor says an alliance of southeastern New Mexico government agencies designed to promote nuclear facilities is a governing agency and must conduct regular financial audits.
(AP) — The state auditor says an alliance of southeastern New Mexico government agencies designed to promote nuclear facilities is a governing agency and must conduct regular financial audits.
Texans don't trust government very much — especially the federal government, according to the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll conducted this month.
Pennsylvania's government and the private casino industry already have a symbiotic relationship, with the government playing pilot fish to the casino shark.
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In science:

Their statement, “The function Γ should be a constant in a region governed by a power law” is correct for a fixed Reynolds number.
A Note on the Intermediate Region in Turbulent Boundary Layers
The susceptibility is governed by the infrequent cases with low-lying local minima, which allows us to derive a constant energy gap probability distribution.
Energy landscapes in random systems, driven interfaces and wetting
For a ground state governed by an infinite-randomness fixed point, Lω diverges at low energies with the same power of ln ω as the typical size of the excitation.
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
We first need to work out the rules that govern the renormalizations of the current operators.
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
Our first task is to work out the rules that govern the renormalization of the current operators T(j ).
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
Some scaling exponents governing thermal melting are given.
Force-Induced Melting and Thermal Melting of a Double-Stranded Biopolymer
The phase diagram for the double-stranded polymer is exactly obtained, and some scaling laws governing thermal melting are given.
Force-Induced Melting and Thermal Melting of a Double-Stranded Biopolymer
The exact expressions for a particle velocity derived in8,9 indicate that the system dynamics is governed by rare fluctuations of the random potential, i.e. by the tail of the delay time distribution function.
Instanton approach to the Langevin motion of a particle in a random potential
For many properties, the details of the probabilistic laws governing the distribution of matrix elements are irrelevant, and there is a very powerful notion of universality.
Random incidence matrices: moments of the spectral density
For large N , fixed p and symmetric random signs, it is known that the spectral distribution is a semicircle [Rodgers88] and that the level correlations are those of the Gaussian orthogonal ensemble (GOE), one of the four standard universality classes governing random spectra [Mirlin91].
Random incidence matrices: moments of the spectral density
Second, we know that for fixed p, the distribution of eigenvalues is governed by the semicircle law.
Random incidence matrices: moments of the spectral density
If the cell walls are much thinner than the cell edges, the deformation is governed by edgebending.
Elastic moduli of model random three-dimensional closed-cell cellular solids
Proof: Remember from section 1.2, the statistics of the eigenvalues is governed by the Fredholm determinant of the kernel (1.2.4), for the Hermite polynomials.
Integrable Lattices: Random Matrices and Random Permutations
The decay of the eigenfunctions is governed by the diverging correlation length discussed above.
Breakdown of Conformal Invariance at Strongly Random Critical Points
There is a rich mathematical structure governing the way in which ob jects of higher dimension can be encoded in noncommuting matrices.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
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