Government meaning

gŭvərn-mənt
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The definition of government is the exercise of control or authority over a group of people.

An example of government is the British Parliament.

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The body with the power to make and/or enforce laws to control a country, land area, people or organization.
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A system or policy by which a political unit is governed.
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A group of people who hold a monopoly on the legitimate use of force in a given territory.
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(now rare) A governed territory.
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The act or process of governing, especially the control and administration of public policy in a political unit.
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In criminal cases, the prosecution is occasionally referred to as the government.
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Political science.
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A governing body or organization, as:
  • The ruling political party or coalition of political parties in a parliamentary system.
  • The cabinet in a parliamentary system.
  • The persons who make up a governing body.
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(uncountable) The management or control of a system.
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The tenure of a chief of state.
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The office, function, or authority of a governing individual or body.
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The political organization by which a state or nation is ruled.
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All the people or agencies that administer or control the affairs of a nation, state, institution, etc.; administration.

The election resulted in a new government.

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The state and its administration viewed as the ruling political power.
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(grammar) The influence of a word over the morphological inflection of another word in a phrase or sentence.
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The executive or administrative branch of government of a particular nation as constituted by the political party or coalition in power.

A Labor government in Great Britain.

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Of or relating to government.
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Administration or management of an organization, business, or institution.
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(gram.) The influence of one word over the case or mood of another.
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Exercise of authority in a political unit; rule.
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(grammar, linguistics) The relationship between a word and its dependents.
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The agency or apparatus through which a governing individual or body functions and exercises authority.
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Origin of government

  • From Middle English governement, from Old French governement (French gouvernement), from Latin gubernatio (“management, government”), from Ancient Greek κυβερνισμός (kubernismos), κυβέρνησις (kubernēsis, “steering, pilotage, guiding”), from κυβερνάω (kubernaō, “I steer, drive, guide, pilot”) + -ment.

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