English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'govern'

(verb) 
Definition
to direct and control the policy and affairs of (a country or an organization)
They go to the polls on Friday to choose the people they want to govern their country.
Synonyms
rule
the feudal lord who ruled this land
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lead
He led the country between 1949 and 1984.
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control
He now controls the largest retail development empire in southern California.
You should not let other people control you.
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command
the French general who commands the UN troops in the region
,
manage
Within two years, he was managing the store.
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direct
She will direct day-to-day operations.
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guide
She guided the plane down the runway and took off.
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handle
She handled travel arrangements for the press corps.
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conduct
I decided to conduct an experiment.
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order
The President has ordered a full investigation.
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reign over
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administer
Next summer's exams will be straightforward to administer.
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oversee
Get a surveyor to oversee and inspect the various stages of the work.
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supervise
One of his jobs was supervising the dining room.
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be in power over
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call the shots
The directors call the shots.
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call the tune
Who would then be calling the tune in Parliament?
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hold sway over
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superintend
During the interval, he superintended a prize draw.
(verb) 
Definition
to control or determine
Marine insurance is governed by a strict series of rules and regulations.
Synonyms
determine
What determines whether you are a success or a failure?
,
decide
The goal that decided the match came just before half-time.
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guide
He should have let his instinct guide him.
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rule
The court ruled that laws passed by the assembly remained valid.
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influence
What you eat may influence your risk of getting cancer.
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underlie
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sway
Don't ever be swayed by fashion.
(verb) 
Try to govern your temper.
Synonyms
restrain
He grabbed my arm, partly to restrain me.
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control
Try to control that temper of yours.
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check
Today's meeting must focus on checking the spread of violence.
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contain
The city authorities said the curfew had contained the violence.
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master
She needs to master her fears of becoming ill.
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discipline
I'm very good at disciplining myself.
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regulate
a powerful body to regulate the stock market
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curb
He must learn to curb that temper of his.
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inhibit
buildings which inhibit the supply of light and air
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tame
Security guards helped to tame the crowd.
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subdue
They admit they have not been able to subdue the rebels.
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get the better of
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bridle
I must learn to bridle my tongue.
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hold in check
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keep a tight rein on

Additional synonyms

in the sense of administer
Definition
to manage (an organization or estate)
Next summer's exams will be straightforward to administer.
Synonyms
run,
preside over,
be in charge of,
in the sense of bridle
Definition
to restrain
I must learn to bridle my tongue.
Synonyms
keep in check,
keep a tight rein on,
keep on a string
in the sense of call the shots
The directors call the shots.
Synonyms
have control,
have the power,
hold the purse strings,

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