government

  • 1 government — gov‧ern‧ment [ˈgʌvmənt, ˈgʌvnmənt ǁ ˈgʌvərn ] also Government noun [countable] the group of people responsible for running a country or state and making decisions about taxes, laws, public services etc: • The Government is planning further cuts …

    Financial and business terms

  • 2 government — gov·ern·ment / gə vər mənt, vərn / n 1: the act or process of governing; specif: authoritative direction or control 2: the office, authority, or function of governing 3: the continuous exercise of authority over and the performance of functions… …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 government — [guv′ərn mənt, guv΄ərmənt] n. [OFr governement: see GOVERN & MENT] 1. a) the exercise of authority over a state, district, organization, institution, etc.; direction; control; rule; management b) the right, function, or power of governing 2 …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 Government — Gov ern*ment, n. [F. gouvernement. See {Govern}.] 1. The act of governing; the exercise of authority; the administration of laws; control; direction; regulation; as, civil, church, or family government. [1913 Webster] 2. The mode of governing;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 government — government, governance Note the n in the middle of government (based on the word govern with the noun suffix ment), and that it should be pronounced as well as written. Government is the workaday word for the system by which a state or community… …

    Modern English usage

  • 6 Government — athlete tax carry tax competitive compassion declinism democrazy dollarize endism fast food zoning …

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  • 7 government — late 14c., act of governing or ruling; 1550s, system by which a thing is governed (especially a state), from O.Fr. governement (Mod.Fr. gouvernement), from governer (see GOVERN (Cf. govern)). Replaced M.E. governance. Meaning governing power in a …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 government — [n] management, administration authority, bureaucracy, command, control, direction, domination, dominion, empire, execution, executive, governance, guidance, influence, jurisdiction, law, ministry, patronage, political practice, politics, polity …

    New thesaurus

  • 9 government — ► NOUN 1) (treated as sing. or pl. ) the governing body of a state. 2) the system by which a state or community is governed. 3) the action or manner of governing a state, organization, or people. DERIVATIVES governmental adjective …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 government — governmental /guv euhrn men tl, euhr men /, adj. governmentally, adv. /guv euhrn meuhnt, euhr meuhnt/, n. 1. the political direction and control exercised over the actions of the members, citizens, or inhabitants of communities, societies, and… …

    Universalium

  • 11 Government — For government in linguistics, see Government (linguistics). Part of the Politics series Basic forms of government …

    Wikipedia

  • 12 government — noun 1 people in control of a country ADJECTIVE ▪ central, federal, local, national, provincial, regional, state ▪ Conservative, Democratic …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 13 government — n. 1) to form a government 2) to head; operate, run a government 3) to destabilize, subvert; dissolve; overthrow; seize a government 4) (a) clean; corrupt; strong; weak government 5) a caretaker; civil; coalition; military; provisional government …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 14 government — gov|ern|ment W1S2 [ˈgʌvəmənt, ˈgʌvənmənt US ˈgʌvərn ] n 1.) also Government [C usually singular also + plural verb British English] the group of people who govern a country or state ▪ The Government are planning further cuts in public spending. ▪ …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 government — gov|ern|ment [ gʌvərnmənt ] noun *** 1. ) count or uncount the people who control a country, region, or city and make decisions about its laws and taxes: The Mexican government has announced its plans to raise the minimum wage next year. a… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 government */*/*/ — UK [ˈɡʌvə(r)nmənt] / US [ˈɡʌvərnmənt] noun Word forms government : singular government plural governments 1) [countable/uncountable] the people who control a country, region, or town and make decisions about its laws and taxes: followed by a… …

    English dictionary

  • 17 government — noun 1 also Government (C) the group of people who govern a country or state: The new military government does not have popular support. (also + plural verb): The Government are planning further cuts in public spending. | government… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 government — From the Latin gubernaculum. Signifies the instrument, the helm, whereby the ship to which the state was compared, was guided on its course by the gubernator or helmsman, and in that view, the government is but an agency of the state,… …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 19 government — From the Latin gubernaculum. Signifies the instrument, the helm, whereby the ship to which the state was compared, was guided on its course by the gubernator or helmsman, and in that view, the government is but an agency of the state,… …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 20 government — /ˈgʌvənmənt / (say guvuhnmuhnt) noun 1. the authoritative direction and restraint exercised over the actions of people in communities, societies, and states; direction of the affairs of a state, etc.; political rule and administration: government …

    Australian English dictionary