gov·ern /'gə-vərn/ vt1: to exercise continuous sovereign authority over; esp: to control and direct the administration of policy in2: to exert a determining or guiding influence in or overthe testator's assets are govern ed by will substitutes — W. M. McGovern, Jr. et al.3: to serve as a precedent or deciding principle forthe law govern ing bills of ladingUnited States v. Leon govern s the case at bargov·er·na·ble /'gə-vər-nə-bəl/ adj
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam-Webster. 1996.
administer, administrate, assume command, be in power, coercere, command, conduct, control, dictate, direct, dominate, enact, exercise authority, exercise power over, exert authority, give orders, guide, have authority, have executive charge of, have jurisdiction over, head, hold authority, hold office, hold sway, lead, legislate, manage, officiate, order, oversee, pilot, prescribe, preside over, prevail on, regere, regulate, reign, restrain, rule, steer, superintend, supervise, take charge, take command, wield authority
associated concepts: governing authority, governing body, governing law
- Minor minorem custodire non debet, alios enim praesumitur male regere qui seipsum regere nescit. — A minor ought not to be guardian to a minor, for a person who knows not how to govern himself is presumed to be unfit to govern others.- Mitius imperanti melius paretun — The more gently a person commands, the better he is obeyedII index administer (conduct), command, control (regulate), curb, direct (order), direct (supervise), discipline (control), dominate, handle (manage), inhibit, manage, manipulate (utilize skillfully), moderate (preside over), officiate, operate, overlook (superintend), oversee, predominate (command), preside, prevail (be in force), qualify (condition), regulate (manage), restrain, subject, subjugate, superintend, wield
Burton's Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006
v.To control and regulate the affairs of an organization, institution, nation, state, or group of people.
The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008.