An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (exercising power)
a. ruling
El partido gobernante tomó medidas que disgustaron a la población.The ruling party has made decisions that people are not at all happy with.
b. governing
La élite gobernante está acusada de haber blanqueado mucho dinero.The governing elite is accused of having laundered a lot of money.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
masculine or feminine noun
2. (head)
a. ruler
El gobernante del país viajará al extranjero para firmar un acuerdo.The country's ruler is to make a trip abroad to sign an agreement.
b. leader
Los gobernantes se reunieron en una cumbre internacional.The leaders met at an international summit.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (general)
a. ruling
partido gobernantegoverning party
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
2. (general)
a. ruler, leader
ruling; governing
la clase gobernante the ruling o governing class
(líder) ruler
en el poder
nuestros gobernantes incumplen sus promesas our rulers have failed to keep their promises
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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