Definition of government in English:

government

Pronunciation /ˈɡʌvəm(ə)nt//ˈɡʌv(ə)nˌm(ə)nt/

noun

  • 1treated as singular or plural The group of people with the authority to govern a country or state; a particular ministry in office.

    ‘the government's economic record’
    ‘successive Labour governments’
    • ‘They have never had much faith in governments and have always believed in direct action.’
    • ‘By investing in the sports infrastructure of the nation, the government is on a winner.’
    • ‘To control inflation, the government has tightened credit and limited approvals for land use.’
    • ‘Let's consider for a moment the possibility of a minority government being elected in the next federal vote.’
    • ‘Has there been a new era of provincial partnership with the federal government?’
    • ‘The federal government has been unsuccessful for ten years in negotiating a peace.’
    • ‘He urged the British government and other western nations to take action against the regime.’
    • ‘That government and nation may commit itself to that ideology for one hundred years or more.’
    • ‘It is a disease that has the medical community concerned and the government involved.’
    • ‘The federal government is running a huge deficit now, so that's not going to be much help.’
    • ‘We know that people have worked hard for their money, and that governments must spend it wisely.’
    • ‘It fails to see the difference between the people of a nation and the government.’
    • ‘However, that was a political decision based on the actions of an entire nation and its government.’
    • ‘After the fall of the Soviet Union, Armenia is now an autonomous nation with its own government.’
    • ‘Globalization has come to us, and no nation, country or government can escape from it.’
    • ‘The media and the government enthusiastically greeted the Federal Court decision.’
    • ‘He was to form no less than fourteen governments as Prime Minister during the rest of his life.’
    • ‘At the low point, the US government appealed to foreign nations to contribute to the work.’
    • ‘The states in turn are required to report this data annually to the federal government.’
    • ‘It promises to balance the federal budget in every year of an NDP government.’
    • ‘I am retired from the Federal government and use the Net to pass a lot of my time.’
    • ‘It is going to be interesting to see how long the federal government waits before stepping in.’
    • ‘So the government will control more of our lives but without making our old age much safer.’
    • ‘One of the immediate tasks of a new government and the international community will be bringing war criminals to justice.’
    • ‘But, as of midnight tomorrow, government funding for that contract will stop.’
    • ‘When it comes to identifying the powers of the federal government, we know where to look.’
    • ‘Everywhere you read that we should fight attempts by the government to start gun control.’
    • ‘You gave the email address of every member of your family to the federal government?’
    • ‘We are of the view that governments are there to serve the needs of the people and maximise the benefits for all.’
    • ‘The country's government is now keen to attract western investment into other sectors.’
    • ‘We have seen successive governments and home secretaries promise to be tough on crime.’
    • ‘Three big problems make it hard for the federal government to attract top talent.’
    • ‘She also encourages adults to apply for financial aid from the federal government.’
    • ‘Do you feel confident that the federal government is doing enough to secure air travel?’
    • ‘He was told that Washington wants a strong central government in the country.’
    • ‘But we need to build a movement so strong that it can force the governments of the world to act.’
    • ‘Giving and receiving freedom will take only a day, but running a government and a nation is not an easy task.’
    • ‘Some of my friends worked for the federal government and were able to retire by the time they were my age.’
    • ‘I attended law school and worked as an attorney for a state government agency for 10 years.’
    • ‘After all, it was the nation, the government, who would pay, not the hospitals.’
    • ‘In truth the problems facing the American and British governments are of their own making.’
    administration, executive, regime, authority, powers that be, directorate, council, leadership, management
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    1. 1.1mass noun The system by which a state or community is governed.
      ‘a democratic form of government’
      • ‘Once upon a time, democratic government at all levels, reflected the views of the majority of the people.’
      • ‘Our system of government can be called many things, but democracy is certainly is not.’
      • ‘The American bureaucracy fits somewhat awkwardly into its democratic system of government.’
      • ‘The tradition is a legacy from the days when Democrats dominated state government.’
      • ‘This makes democratic government in such states impossible, for the natural terminus is a single dominant party.’
      • ‘The Republic of Cyprus is a democracy with a presidential system of government.’
      • ‘As time moves on we see more States conforming to this system of government.’
      • ‘It is about whether we will have a system of government and a social system in which we see each other as equals.’
      • ‘Australia is a parliamentary democracy based on the British system of government.’
      • ‘The blame lies with central government which has restricted local council funding.’
      • ‘With it went the whole structure of provincial, local, and municipal government.’
      • ‘First, federalism can deliver a model of limited, democratic government within a nation.’
      • ‘He appears to have thought that Communism was as good as any other system of government.’
      • ‘We are not in the area of common law or a unitary system of government.’
      • ‘This in turn would pose dangers to the operation of democratic government within the United States.’
      • ‘A second shift is to move tax and spending from federal government to states and towns.’
      • ‘We must try to live up to our stated principles of human rights, the rule of law and democratic government.’
      • ‘It means a form of government which is fully democratic and entirely accountable.’
      • ‘Is this really the way in which democratic government should work, where a minority hold sway over the ignored majority?’
      • ‘Is a democratic form of government a necessary pre-condition for the existence of human rights?’
    2. 1.2mass noun The action or manner of controlling or regulating a state, organization, or people.
      ‘rules for the government of the infirmary’
      • ‘On the one hand, this faith in government helped promote a high rate of investment.’
      • ‘Government by organized money is just as dangerous as government by organized mob.’
      • ‘It has acknowledged that the Labour Party can be the only major party of stable government in this nation.’
      • ‘Surely the Liberal Democrats are in government and the money is designated only for opposition parties?’
      • ‘Policy, in that key meaning, is part of the rational management and conduct of government.’
      • ‘A simple view suggests that the making of foreign policy is the exclusive business of government.’
      • ‘In an age of open government the system is still adept at keeping the public in the dark.’
      • ‘Is this something the Liberal Democrats in government will seek to change?’
      • ‘The privatizers traditionally claim that government has no business in business.’
      • ‘She advocates the control of the excesses of capitalism by regulation and government.’
      • ‘English is spoken by most people in government, business, and tourism.’
      • ‘How does the historian account for that relationship and its government of people's lives?’
      • ‘They will be forced to turn to the Social Democrats who remain in government to work together.’
      • ‘In its period in government the party encouraged religious prejudices and backwardness.’
      • ‘Democracy is government by the greater number, and this is the system we have chosen to be governed by.’
      • ‘The War Crimes act was passed while the Conservative Party was in government.’
      • ‘The Commission's work has also influenced the manner in which government operates.’
      • ‘He's talking about class and race and a vision of how government can help regular people.’
      • ‘Liberal Democrats in government in Scotland have set the new agenda for devolution.’
      • ‘None the less skill and wisdom were needed in politics and the business of good government.’
      rule, running, direction, administration, leadership, leading, control, regulation, guidance, guiding, management, conduct, supervision, superintendence, steering
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  • 2Grammar
    The relation between a governed and a governing word.

    • ‘There's a lot more variation going on with the government of forms of complement verbs than most scholars of English think.’
    • ‘I'm tempted to suggest that government by the nearest conjunct is in fact the rule for vernacular English.’
    • ‘It seems that English allots its nominative and oblique forms of pronouns in terms of position, not true government as in German.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French governement, from governer (see govern).

Pronunciation

government

/ˈɡʌvəm(ə)nt//ˈɡʌv(ə)nˌm(ə)nt/