government

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 in public spending.

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government UK US /ˈgʌvənmənt/ noun (WRITTEN ABBREVIATION govt) GOVERNMENT
[C] an organization that officially manages and controls a country or region, creating laws, collecting taxes, providing public services, etc.: »

The two governments have signed an agreement.

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This fiscal year would mark the third government surplus in a row for the first time in over 50 years.

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a federal/central/local/government

government official/regulator/employee »

Global business leaders and government officials gathered in Spain Friday for a meeting aimed at breaking down remaining trade barriers.

government agency/department »

Some government agencies have worked well together to combat terrorist financing.

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government policy/program/services

the Chinese/Italian/British government »

The Chinese government has implemented economic reforms.

[U] the people, systems, etc. that manage or control a country or region: »

The goal is to identify opportunities to reduce the cost of government.

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a democratic form of government.

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The President spoke of restoring confidence in government.

form a government — Cf. form a government
the government — Cf. the government

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

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