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Govern, 1) intr. a) to bear sway, to rule, to reign: “I would with such perfection g.” Tp. II, 1, 167. “upon his place --s lord Angelo,” Meas. I, 4, 57. “who --s here?” Tw. I, 2, 24. H6B I, 1, 166. IV, 9, 48. R3 II, 3, 15. Tit. V, 3, 147. Mcb. IV, 3, 101. Per. IV, 4, 15.
b) to prevail, to sway: “let it be as humours and conceits shall g.” Merch. III, 5, 69. “the heart of brothers g. in our loves,” Ant. II, 2, 150.
2) tr. a) to rule as a chief magistrate, to reign over: “the best --ed nation,” H4B V, 2, 137. “God and King Henry g. England's realm,” H6B II, 3, 30. “to g. and rule multitudes,” V, 1, 94. H6C III, 3, 69. IV, 3, 35. R3 II, 3, 11. H8 I, 2, 171. Tit. IV, 4, 60. Per. II, 4, 31. IV, 6, 59.
b) to sway, to direct, to control, to regulate: “--ed him in strength, though not in lust,” Ven. 42. “kings like gods should g. every thing,” Lucr. 602. “that eye that --s me to go about,” Sonn. 113, 2. “truer stars did g. Proteus' birth,” Gent. II, 7, 74; cf. H4A I, 2, 31; R3 II, 2, 69; Caes. V, 1, 108; Lr. IV, 3, 35. “the finest mad devil of jealousy that ever --ed frenzy,” Wiv. V, 1, 20; cf. Meas. V, 451; Ado I, 1, 67; III, 2, 61; Merch. IV, 1, 134; John V, 1, 47; H4A III, 1, 237; V, 2, 19; Tit. III, 1, 219; Tim. I, 1, 292; Caes. I, 3, 83; IV, 1, 33; Ant. II, 3, 29. I will g. it (my tongue) H4B II, 2, 180. “though Venus g. your desires,” Tit. II, 3, 30. “how I have --ed our determined jest,” V, 2, 139. “g. these ventages with your finger,” Hml. III, 2, 372. “be --ed by your knowledge,” Lr. IV, 7, 19. “she's desperate: g. her,” V, 3, 161. “a father by thy stepdame --ed,” Cymb. II, 1, 63.
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