Definitions for governmentˈgʌv ərn mənt, -ər mənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

gov•ern•ment*ˈgʌv ərn mənt, -ər mənt(n.)

  1. the political direction and control exercised over the actions of the members, citizens, or inhabitants of communities, societies, and states; direction of the affairs of a community, etc.

    Category: Government

  2. the form or system of rule by which a state, etc., is governed:

    monarchical government.

    Category: Government

  3. the governing body of persons in a state, community, etc.

    Category: Government

  4. a branch or service of the supreme authority of a state or nation, taken as representing the whole.

    Category: Government

  5. (in some parliamentary systems, as that of the United Kingdom) the particular group of persons forming the cabinet at any given time: the parliament along with the cabinet.

    The Prime Minister has formed a new government.

    Category: Government

  6. direction; control; management.

  7. a district governed; province.

    Category: Government

  8. Category: Common Vocabulary, Government

    Ref: political science.

  9. a relationship between two words in a sentence such that the use of one word requires the other to be of a particular form.

    Category: Grammar

* Usage: See collective noun.

Origin of government:

1350–1400; ME < OF governement. See govern , -ment


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

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. government(noun)ˈgʌv ərn mənt, -ər mənt

    the group of people responsible for running a country

    people employed by the government; a newly elected government; federal/local government

  2. governmentˈgʌv ərn mənt, -ər mənt

    the process of running a country

    good government


  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

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.

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

Translations for government

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the people who rule a country or state

the British Government.

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