gobernábamos we governed
The word gobernábamos is the imperfect form of gobernar in the first person plural. See the full gobernar conjugation.
gobernar
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gobernar(
goh
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behr
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nahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (politics)
a. to govern
Gobernó su imperio con mano dura.He governed his empire with a firm hand.
b. to rule
El partido conservador ha gobernado el país durante los últimos 50 años.The Conservative Party has ruled the country for the last 50 years.
2. (to direct a business)
a. to run
No veo el momento de gobernar mi propio negocio.I cannot wait to be running my own business.
b. to manage
Aun no siendo director, era él quien gobernaba la empresa.Although he wasn't the director, it was he who managed the company.
3. (to be in charge)
a. to rule
No me cabe la menor duda de que es ella quien gobierna la casa.I have no doubt whatsoever it's she who rules the house.
4. (to dominate)
a. to control (a person)
Él siempre quiso gobernar a sus hijos.He always wanted to control his children.
5. (to dictate)
a. to govern
Estos son algunos de los principios que gobiernan el comportamiento de los gases.These are some of the principles that govern the behavior of gases.
6. (to guide)
a. to rule
Es cuestión de decidir qué ideas quieres que gobiernen tu vida.It's a matter of deciding which ideas you want to rule your life.
7. (to direct the course of)
a. to steer (a ship)
Era imposible gobernar el barco debido al oleaje.It was impossible to steer the ship due to the waves.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
8. (politics)
a. to govern
Siempre gobernó con gran justicia y sabiduría.He always governed with great justice and wisdom.
b. to rule
Los dirigentes deberían gobernar con los intereses del país en mente.Leaders should rule with the interests of their country in mind.
9. (to be in charge)
a. to rule
Es la libertad la que gobierna en el mundo del arte.It's freedom that rules in the art world.
10. (to obey the rudder)
a. to steer (a ship)
A esta velocidad el barco gobierna con suavidad y precisión.At this speed the ship steers smoothly and precisely.
gobernarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
11. (to conduct oneself)
a. to govern oneself
Estas comunidades se gobiernan de acuerdo con sus propios principios.These communities govern themselves according to their own principles.
12. (to behave)
a. to control oneself
La inteligencia emocional es en parte un saber gobernarse.Emotional intelligence is partly a question of being able to control oneself.
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gobernar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (regir, dirigir)
a. to govern, to rule
2. (casa, negocio)
a. to run, to manage
se deja gobernar por su maridoshe allows herself to be ruled by her husomebodyand
sus sentimientos gobiernan sus accioneshis feelings govern his actions
3. (barco)
a. to steer
4. (avión)
a. to fly
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
5. (nautical)
a. to steer
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gobernar
transitive verb
1 (Política) to govern; rule
2 (dirigir) to govern; (guiar) to guide; direct; (controlar) to manage; run; (manejar) to handle
3 (Náutica) to steer; sail
intransitive verb
1 (Política) to govern; rule
gobernar mal to misgovern
2 (Náutica) to handle; steer
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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