From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Govern \Gov"ern\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Governed; p. pr. & vb.
   n. Governing.] [OF. governer, F. gouverner, fr. L.
   gubernare to steer, pilot, govern, Gr. kyberna^n. Cf.
   1. 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." --Shak.
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   2. To regulate; to influence; to direct; to restrain; to
      manage; as, to govern the life; to govern a horse.
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            Govern well thy appetite.             --Milton.
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   3. (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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