What does government mean?

Definitions for government
ˈgʌv ərn mənt, -ər məntgov·ern·ment

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word government.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. government, authorities, regimenoun

    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, administrationnoun

    the act of governing; exercising authority

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

  3. governmentnoun

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

    "tyrannical government"

  4. politics, political science, governmentnoun

    the study of government of states and other political units


  1. governmentnoun

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

  2. governmentnoun

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

  3. governmentnoun

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

  4. governmentnoun

    The management or control of a system.

  5. governmentnoun

    The tenure of a chief of state.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Governmentnoun

    Etymology: gouvernment, French.

    There seem to be but two general kinds of government in the world: the one exercised according to the arbitrary commands and will of some single person; and the other according to certain orders or laws introduced by agreement or custom, and not to be changed without the consent of many. William Temple.

    There they shall sound
    Their government, and their great senate chuse
    Through the twelve tribes, to rule by laws ordain’d. John Milton.

    While he survives, in concord and content
    The commons live, by no divisions rent;
    But the great monarch’s death dissolves the government. Dryd.

    Every one knows, who has considered the nature of government, that there must be in each particular form of it an absolute unlimited power. Addison.

    Where any one person or body of men seize into their hands the power in the last resort, there is properly no longer a government, but what Aristotle and his followers call the abuse or corruption of one. Jonathan Swift.

    Safety and equal government are things
    Which subjects make as happy as their kings. Edmund Waller.

    You needs must learn, lord, to amend this fault;
    Though sometimes it shews greatness, courage, blood,
    Yet oftentimes it doth present harsh rage,
    Defect of manners, want of government,
    Pride, haughtiness, opinion and disdain. William Shakespeare, Hen. IV.

    ’Tis government that makes them seem divine;
    The want thereof makes thee abominable. William Shakespeare, H. VI.

    Thy eyes windows fall,
    Like death, when he shuts up the day of life;
    Each part depriv’d of supple government,
    Shall stiff and stark, and cold appear, like death. William Shakespeare.

    Their god
    Shot many a dart at me with fierce intent;
    But I them warded all with wary government. Fairy Queen.


  1. government

    Government typically refers to the system or organization that exercises authority and control over a political community, such as a nation, state, or city. It is responsible for making and enforcing laws, maintaining public order, and providing governance and services to its citizens. Government can be composed of different branches, such as the executive, legislative, and judicial branches, which work together to govern and manage the overall affairs of the community. The purpose of government is to maintain social order, protect individual liberties, promote collective welfare, and establish and maintain relationships with other political entities.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Governmentnoun

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

  2. Governmentnoun

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

  3. Governmentnoun

    the right or power of governing; authority

  4. Governmentnoun

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

  5. Governmentnoun

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

  6. Governmentnoun

    management of the limbs or body

  7. Governmentnoun

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

  8. Etymology: [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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. government

    Generally means the constitution of our country as exercised under the legislature of king or queen, lords, and commons.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. government

    The Constitution of the United States provides that Congress shall make rules for the government and regulation of armies. By government is understood not only the body of fundamental laws of a state, but also the body of persons charged with the management of the executive power of a country; direction, power or authority which rules a community; administration; rule; management. Government of the military is that branch of the code which embraces the creation and regulation of the military hierarchy, or the gradual distribution of inferior authority. The power of making rules of government is that of supreme command, and from this living principle proceed the localization of troops, their organization and distribution; rules for rewards and punishments; and generally, all rules of government and regulation whatsoever, which the legislature may judge necessary to maintain an efficient and well-disciplined army. All authority over the land forces of the United States must, therefore, be derived from Congress. For, although the President is the commander-in-chief, yet his functions, as such, must be regulated by Congress, under the 17th clause of Sec. 8 of the Constitution, as well as under the general authority of Congress to make rules for the government and regulation of the land forces. The President cannot be divested of power which Congress may assign to any inferior military commander, because the authority of the greater includes that of the less. But all the authority over the land and naval forces, save the appointment of the commander-in-chief, rests with Congress, and no authority can be exercised not delegated by Congress, except such as may be fairly deduced from powers given for the effective discharge of the duties annexed to his office.

Editors Contribution

  1. government

    A system of socialist governance created from an election with a number of elected members of a socialist political party and a number of elected socialist independent politicians elected to form an organized socialist governing structure and system within a local area, regional area, country, europe or internationally united to work together, working and functioning like a social enterprise and focus positively on cocreating optimum health, democracy, human rights, socialism, equal and shared prosperity for all, stability, unity, solidarity, cohesion, animal rights, right to life, right to housing, fasttrack of social housing, council housing, public housing on public land building projects, right to free education, fasttrack of SDG social enterprise creation and development, right to parent, right to free preschool education, right to a standard of living, creation of a equal and identical wage for all system and a universal living income system, right to internet access, economic stability, financial stability, civil rights, equal rights, equal opportunities, employment rights, childrens rights, sustainable development, sustainable development goals, united partnership, multi-party working, community empowerment systems, equal redistribution of wealth, fairness and justness across society, the country, europe and the world and contribute to the cocreation of international and national peace agreements, peace treaties, the universes truth and a fair, just and transparent system of checks and balances. This group employs a moderate amount of employees who all receive equal and identical pay and holiday entitlement. All profit earned is used to reinvest in the organization where just and fair or redistribute to the united nations for the UN SDG. All members of this organization are accountable to the rule of law like all citizens.

    Governments globally are changing with democracy as humanity chooses socialist unity governments across the world where governments are united to represent the collective voice of their citizens and take collective accountability for the management of their countries and create the local, regional and national governmental structures and systems to reflect these changes and work and function like a social enterprise.

    Submitted by MaryC on August 21, 2016  

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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

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  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

Examples of government in a Sentence

  1. Wan Azizah:

    [The] travel restrictions will be enforced in accordance with the lock-down region imposed by the Chinese Government.

  2. Shurovi Shurovi:

    The support we are getting from the government is not enough, they are not providing anything for children or any cash for our family.

  3. Son Chhay:

    Corruption runs too deeply, parliament has a duty to monitor the work of the government and when it's smelly and rotten like this, Cambodia faces hardship.

  4. Selahattin Demirtas:

    According to Cemil Cicek these people do not have problems regarding language, culture or faith, all is about the circumcision. If that is really the problem and if you are so interested we can appoint you as the "government circumciser" and send you to Kandil (PKK HQ in northern Iraq) to solve it. (On the quote of Cemil Cicek, speaker for AKP: "Some of those PKK terrorists without circumcision should tell you a lot about the issue")

  5. Hunter Biden:

    We're going to run this like the Obama-Biden administration, no one in our family and extended family is going to be involved in any government undertaking or foreign policy. And nobody has an office in this place.

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