What does government mean?

Definitions for governmentˈgʌv ərn mənt, -ər mənt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word government.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. government, authorities, regime(noun)

    the organization that is the governing authority of a political unit

    "the government reduced taxes"; "the matter was referred to higher authorities"

  2. government, governing, governance, government activity, administration(noun)

    the act of governing; exercising authority

    "regulations for the governing of state prisons"; "he had considerable experience of government"

  3. government(noun)

    (government) the system or form by which a community or other political unit is governed

    "tyrannical government"

  4. politics, political science, government(noun)

    the study of government of states and other political units


  1. government(Noun)

    The body with the power to make and/or enforce laws to control a country, land area, people or organization.

  2. government(Noun)

    A group of people who hold a monopoly on the legitimate use of force in a given territory.

  3. government(Noun)

    The state and its administration viewed as the ruling political power.

  4. government(Noun)

    The management or control of a system.

  5. government(Noun)

    The tenure of a chief of state.

  6. Origin: From governement, from governement (French gouvernement), from gubernatio, from κυβερνισμός, κυβέρνησις, from κυβερνάω + -ment.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Government(noun)

    the act of governing; the exercise of authority; the administration of laws; control; direction; regulation; as, civil, church, or family government

  2. Government(noun)

    the mode of governing; the system of polity in a state; the established form of law

  3. Government(noun)

    the right or power of governing; authority

  4. Government(noun)

    the person or persons authorized to administer the laws; the ruling power; the administration

  5. Government(noun)

    the body politic governed by one authority; a state; as, the governments of Europe

  6. Government(noun)

    management of the limbs or body

  7. Government(noun)

    the influence of a word in regard to construction, requiring that another word should be in a particular case

  8. Origin: [F. gouvernement. See Govern.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. government

    A kind of legalized pillage.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Government

    The complex of political institutions, laws, and customs through which the function of governing is carried out in a specific political unit.

Editors Contribution

  1. government

    Is a system of authority created, designed and empowered within a country, kingdom, sovereign or state to govern that country, kingdom, sovereign or state consisting of political structures and systems with just, transparent and public policies, processes, procedures, checks and balances with a number of specific electoral constituencies where the electorate are empowered to elect political candidates to a political position within government through just, transparent and free elections that represent and reflect the collective choices, will and voices of the electorate and citizens. Through democracy this authority is empowered to create, manage, distribute, provide, redistribute and fund evidence based public policy, public funds, public budgets, justice, law, legislation, welfare and other vital structures and systems vital to perform the obligations and functions of government based on the principles of human rights in accordance with international law and use law, legislation and technology to empower the electorate, citizens and people to contribute, choose, decide and have an input on a local, regional and national level into all forms of government to ensure every community, village, region, town and city receives a just empowerment and distribution of power, income, political structure, authority and systems to govern they way they need to achieve their local, regional and national development plans.

    Government in the 21st century is changing along with democracy as humanity needs it and people across the Earth recognize and respect this.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'government' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #126

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'government' in Written Corpus Frequency: #328

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'government' in Nouns Frequency: #10


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of government in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of government in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Franklin Graham:

    The churches have allowed the government to take away their responsibility and so the government is feeding people, the government is clothing people, the government is now in charge of health care.

  2. Semih Yalcin:

    We will not support an ordinary minority government by the AK Party, but if the minority government means an election government, we would have to see the election date, we can support an AK Party minority government on the condition of holding an election in November.

  3. Victoria Espinel:

    What we have been doing very successfully (is) to make clear towards the United States government, the European government, the Japanese government (and) the government of China that this is a concern, it is not good for Chinese companies to be cut off from being able to choose the best products and services they want, it's not good for China ... as an economy.

  4. Li Keqiang:

    Very regretfully it was shelved by the Myanmar government in 2011. But the contract is still in force. How to push this cooperation forward is an important thing for both countries, i think that the existing government has no time to get this project restarted. I believe that once the new government is in office, the Chinese government will continue to discuss with them how to restart this project.

  5. Lionel Trilling:

    A theory of the middle class: that it is not to be determined by its financial situation but rather by its relation to government. That is, one could shade down from an actual ruling or governing class to a class hopelessly out of relation to government, thinking of government as beyond its control, of itself as wholly controlled by government. Somewhere in between and In gradations is the group that has the sense that gov't exists for it, and shapes its consciousness accordingly.

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