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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

government

/ˈɡəvər(n)mənt//ˈɡəvər(n)mənt/