(Gove) n. [Also goaf, goof, goff.] A mow; a rick for hay. [Obs.] Tusser.

(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. Gubernatorial.]

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.

2. To regulate; to influence; to direct; to restrain; to manage; as, to govern the life; to govern a horse.

Govern well thy appetite.

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.

(Gov"ern), v. i. To exercise authority; to administer the laws; to have the control. Dryden.

(Gov"ern*a*bil"i*ty) n. Governableness.

(Gov"ern*a*ble) a. [Cf. F. gouvernable.] Capable of being governed, or subjected to authority; controllable; manageable; obedient. Locke.

(Gov"ern*a*ble*ness), n. The quality of being governable; manageableness.

(Gov"ern*al Gov"ern*ail) n. [Cf. F. gouvernail helm, rudder, L. gubernaculum.] Management; mastery. [Obs.] Chaucer. Spenser.

(Gov"ern*ance) n. [F. gouvernance.] Exercise of authority; control; government; arrangement. Chaucer. J. H. Newman.

(Gov"ern*ante") n. [F. gouvernante. See Govern.] A governess. Sir W. Scott.

(Gov"ern*ess) n. [Cf. OF. governeresse. See Governor.] A female governor; a woman invested with authority to control and direct; especially, one intrusted with the care and instruction of children, — usually in their homes.

(Gov"ern*ing), a.

1. Holding the superiority; prevalent; controlling; as, a governing wind; a governing party in a state. Jay.

2. (Gram.) Requiring a particular case.

(Gov"ern*ment) n. [F. gouvernement. See Govern.]

1. The act of governing; the exercise of authority; the administration of laws; control; direction; regulation; as, civil, church, or family government.

2. The mode of governing; the system of polity in a state; the established form of law.

That free government which we have so dearly purchased, free commonwealth.

3. The right or power of governing; authority.

I here resign my government to thee.

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