noun Date: 14th century 1. one that governs: as a. one that exercises authority especially over an area or group b. an official elected or appointed to act as ruler, chief executive, or nominal head of a political unit c. commanding officer d. the managing director and usually the principal officer of an institution or organization e. a member of a group that directs or controls an institution or society 2. tutor 3. a. slang one looked upon as governing b. mister, sir — usually used as a term of address 4. a. an attachment to a machine (as a gasoline engine) for automatic control or limitation of speed b. a device giving automatic control (as of pressure or temperature) • governorate noun

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