Synonyms of govern in English:

govern


See definition of govern

verb

1‘the Conservative Party governed the province for the next five years’

SYNONYMS

rule, preside over, be in power over, reign over, control, exercise control over, have control of, be in control of, be in charge of, command, hold sway over, hegemonize, lead, be the leader of, dominate, run, head, direct, administer, order, manage, regulate, guide, conduct, oversee, supervise, superintend, be at the helm of, steer, pilot

informal be in the driving seat

literary sway

2‘the rules governing social behaviour’

SYNONYMS

determine, decide, control, regulate, direct, rule, dictate, condition, form, shape

affect, have an effect on, influence, exert influence on, be a factor in, sway, act on, work on, mould, modify, alter, touch, have an impact on, impact on

3‘Maria made a fresh effort to govern her feelings’

SYNONYMS

control, restrain, keep in check, check, curb, hold back, keep back, bridle, rein in, keep a tight rein on, subdue, constrain, contain