Definition of government in US English:

government

noun

  • 1treated as singular or plural The governing body of a nation, state, or community.

    ‘an agency of the federal government’
    as modifier ‘government controls’
    • ‘It is going to be interesting to see how long the federal government waits before stepping in.’
    • ‘He was told that Washington wants a strong central government in the country.’
    • ‘By investing in the sports infrastructure of the nation, the government is on a winner.’
    • ‘He urged the British government and other western nations to take action against the regime.’
    • ‘At the low point, the US government appealed to foreign nations to contribute to the work.’
    • ‘However, that was a political decision based on the actions of an entire nation and its government.’
    • ‘When it comes to identifying the powers of the federal government, we know where to look.’
    • ‘The federal government has been unsuccessful for ten years in negotiating a peace.’
    • ‘The media and the government enthusiastically greeted the Federal Court decision.’
    • ‘After all, it was the nation, the government, who would pay, not the hospitals.’
    • ‘The country's government is now keen to attract western investment into other sectors.’
    • ‘It promises to balance the federal budget in every year of an NDP government.’
    • ‘To control inflation, the government has tightened credit and limited approvals for land use.’
    • ‘But, as of midnight tomorrow, government funding for that contract will stop.’
    • ‘The federal government is running a huge deficit now, so that's not going to be much help.’
    • ‘After the fall of the Soviet Union, Armenia is now an autonomous nation with its own government.’
    • ‘So the government will control more of our lives but without making our old age much safer.’
    • ‘We are of the view that governments are there to serve the needs of the people and maximise the benefits for all.’
    • ‘We have seen successive governments and home secretaries promise to be tough on crime.’
    • ‘It fails to see the difference between the people of a nation and the government.’
    • ‘I am retired from the Federal government and use the Net to pass a lot of my time.’
    • ‘But we need to build a movement so strong that it can force the governments of the world to act.’
    • ‘Let's consider for a moment the possibility of a minority government being elected in the next federal vote.’
    • ‘You gave the email address of every member of your family to the federal government?’
    • ‘It is a disease that has the medical community concerned and the government involved.’
    • ‘Everywhere you read that we should fight attempts by the government to start gun control.’
    • ‘She also encourages adults to apply for financial aid from the federal government.’
    • ‘That government and nation may commit itself to that ideology for one hundred years or more.’
    • ‘In truth the problems facing the American and British governments are of their own making.’
    • ‘We know that people have worked hard for their money, and that governments must spend it wisely.’
    • ‘Giving and receiving freedom will take only a day, but running a government and a nation is not an easy task.’
    • ‘They have never had much faith in governments and have always believed in direct action.’
    • ‘He was to form no less than fourteen governments as Prime Minister during the rest of his life.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Has there been a new era of provincial partnership with the federal government?’
    • ‘One of the immediate tasks of a new government and the international community will be bringing war criminals to justice.’
    • ‘The states in turn are required to report this data annually to the federal government.’
    • ‘Three big problems make it hard for the federal government to attract top talent.’
    • ‘Globalization has come to us, and no nation, country or government can escape from it.’
    • ‘Do you feel confident that the federal government is doing enough to secure air travel?’
    administration, executive, regime, authority, powers that be, directorate, council, leadership, management
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    1. 1.1 The system by which a nation, state, or community is governed.
      ‘a secular, pluralistic, democratic government’
      • ‘The blame lies with central government which has restricted local council funding.’
      • ‘It is about whether we will have a system of government and a social system in which we see each other as equals.’
      • ‘It means a form of government which is fully democratic and entirely accountable.’
      • ‘Once upon a time, democratic government at all levels, reflected the views of the majority of the people.’
      • ‘The tradition is a legacy from the days when Democrats dominated state government.’
      • ‘Australia is a parliamentary democracy based on the British system of government.’
      • ‘The Republic of Cyprus is a democracy with a presidential system of government.’
      • ‘This makes democratic government in such states impossible, for the natural terminus is a single dominant party.’
      • ‘A second shift is to move tax and spending from federal government to states and towns.’
      • ‘With it went the whole structure of provincial, local, and municipal government.’
      • ‘We are not in the area of common law or a unitary system of government.’
      • ‘The American bureaucracy fits somewhat awkwardly into its democratic system of government.’
      • ‘We must try to live up to our stated principles of human rights, the rule of law and democratic government.’
      • ‘As time moves on we see more States conforming to this system of government.’
      • ‘Our system of government can be called many things, but democracy is certainly is not.’
      • ‘He appears to have thought that Communism was as good as any other system of government.’
      • ‘This in turn would pose dangers to the operation of democratic government within the United States.’
      • ‘Is a democratic form of government a necessary pre-condition for the existence of human rights?’
      • ‘Is this really the way in which democratic government should work, where a minority hold sway over the ignored majority?’
      • ‘First, federalism can deliver a model of limited, democratic government within a nation.’
    2. 1.2 The action or manner of controlling or regulating a nation, organization, or people.
      ‘rules for the government of the infirmary’
      • ‘They will be forced to turn to the Social Democrats who remain in government to work together.’
      • ‘How does the historian account for that relationship and its government of people's lives?’
      • ‘Is this something the Liberal Democrats in government will seek to change?’
      • ‘It has acknowledged that the Labour Party can be the only major party of stable government in this nation.’
      • ‘English is spoken by most people in government, business, and tourism.’
      • ‘She advocates the control of the excesses of capitalism by regulation and government.’
      • ‘Democracy is government by the greater number, and this is the system we have chosen to be governed by.’
      • ‘Surely the Liberal Democrats are in government and the money is designated only for opposition parties?’
      • ‘In its period in government the party encouraged religious prejudices and backwardness.’
      • ‘On the one hand, this faith in government helped promote a high rate of investment.’
      • ‘The Commission's work has also influenced the manner in which government operates.’
      • ‘Policy, in that key meaning, is part of the rational management and conduct of government.’
      • ‘The privatizers traditionally claim that government has no business in business.’
      • ‘Government by organized money is just as dangerous as government by organized mob.’
      • ‘None the less skill and wisdom were needed in politics and the business of good government.’
      • ‘Liberal Democrats in government in Scotland have set the new agenda for devolution.’
      • ‘The War Crimes act was passed while the Conservative Party was in government.’
      • ‘He's talking about class and race and a vision of how government can help regular people.’
      • ‘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.’
      rule, running, direction, administration, leadership, leading, control, regulation, guidance, guiding, management, conduct, supervision, superintendence, steering
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    3. 1.3 The group of people in office at a particular time; administration.
      ‘the election of the new government’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘One of the immediate tasks of a new government and the international community will be bringing war criminals to justice.’
      • ‘I attended law school and worked as an attorney for a state government agency for 10 years.’
      • ‘But we need to build a movement so strong that it can force the governments of the world to act.’
      • ‘He was told that Washington wants a strong central government in the country.’
      • ‘We know that people have worked hard for their money, and that governments must spend it wisely.’
      • ‘In truth the problems facing the American and British governments are of their own making.’
      • ‘He was to form no less than fourteen governments as Prime Minister during the rest of his life.’
      • ‘The federal government has been unsuccessful for ten years in negotiating a peace.’
      • ‘After all, it was the nation, the government, who would pay, not the hospitals.’
      • ‘Giving and receiving freedom will take only a day, but running a government and a nation is not an easy task.’
      • ‘They have never had much faith in governments and have always believed in direct action.’
      • ‘Do you feel confident that the federal government is doing enough to secure air travel?’
      • ‘We have seen successive governments and home secretaries promise to be tough on crime.’
      • ‘We are of the view that governments are there to serve the needs of the people and maximise the benefits for all.’
      • ‘It is going to be interesting to see how long the federal government waits before stepping in.’
      • ‘The country's government is now keen to attract western investment into other sectors.’
      • ‘However, that was a political decision based on the actions of an entire nation and its government.’
      • ‘At the low point, the US government appealed to foreign nations to contribute to the work.’
      • ‘But, as of midnight tomorrow, government funding for that contract will stop.’
      administration, executive, regime, authority, powers that be, directorate, council, leadership, management
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    4. 1.4
      another term for political science
  • 2Grammar
    The relation between a governed and a governing word.

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

government

/ˈɡəvər(n)mənt//ˈɡəvər(n)mənt/