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 state, community, etc.; political administration: Government is necessary to the existence of civilized society.
the form or system of rule by which a state, community, etc., is governed: monarchical government; episcopal government.
the governing body of persons in a state, community, etc.; administration.
a branch or service of the supreme authority of a state or nation, taken as representing the whole: a dam built by the government.
(in some parliamentary systems, as that of the United Kingdom)
the particular group of persons forming the cabinet at any given time: The prime minister has formed a new government.
the parliament along with the cabinet: The government has fallen.
direction; control; management; rule: the government of one's conduct.
a district governed; province.
Grammar. the extablished usage that requires that one word in a sentence should cause another to be of a particular form: the government of the verb by its subject.
- gov·ern·men·tal [guhv-ern-men-tl, ‐er-men‐], /ˌgʌv ərnˈmɛn tl, ‐ərˈmɛn‐/, adjective
- gov·ern·men·tal·ly, adverb
- coun·ter·gov·ern·ment, noun
- non·gov·ern·ment, noun
- non·gov·ern·men·tal, adjective
- pro-gov·ern·ment, adjective
- re·gov·ern·ment, noun
- sem·i·gov·ern·men·tal, adjective
- sem·i·gov·ern·men·tal·ly, adverb
- sub·gov·ern·ment, noun
- un·der·gov·ern·ment, noun
- un·gov·ern·men·tal, adjective
- un·gov·ern·men·tal·ly, adverb
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How to use government in a sentence
Unlike government funding, donations come with minimal accountability and no guaranteed public oversight.Can Billionaires Really Save Us from Climate Disaster? | Heather Hansman | February 12, 2021 | Outside Online
Canopy Growth, a Canadian cannabis company, said it is accelerating its US growth strategy based on expectations of “significant reform” led by the Democratic party now that it controls two branches of government.Canada’s largest cannabis company is turning its attention to the US | Karen Ho | February 11, 2021 | Quartz
Coastal peasants and Afromestizos farmers continued to fight for independence from the central government.The problem of environmental racism in Mexico today is rooted in history | Jayson Porter | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
In an economy where governments are printing money hand over fist, people want a more secure place to put their assets.Bitcoin’s Blowing Up, and That’s Good News for Human Rights. Here’s Why | Vanessa Bates Ramirez | February 10, 2021 | Singularity Hub
The good part about it, if you would call it that, is that it is impossible to imagine how the government would be able to block a lot of this harmful speech.Twenty-Six Words Created the Internet. What Will It Take to Save It? | Stephen Engelberg | February 9, 2021 | ProPublica
A few years back, designer John Galliano was fined by the government for sharing just such anti-semitic sentiments in public.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead | Luke O’Neil | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Not actual CIA agents, but U.S. government personnel who have worked very closely with the CIA, and who are fans of the show.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS | Marlow Stern | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
I think the response of the French government so far has been pretty appropriate in that regard.
The United States government might not release that information for years, if ever.
But most likely it was linked to the way priests identify with the poor in the face of government and criminal abuses.
Dockier, a prominent leader of the Levelers, in the times of the English commonwealth, was shot by order of the government.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
The patriarchal decree of the government was a good deal of a joke on the plains, anyway—except when you were caught defying it!Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
History gives them scant notice, and the Federal government has failed to reward them as they deserve.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
A royal decree (December 31, 1622) orders the Dominicans in the Philippines not to meddle in affairs of government.
For the first time in his experience the Corsican had to meet the forces of a nation and not of a government.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
British Dictionary definitions for government
the exercise of political authority over the actions, affairs, etc, of a political unit, people, etc, as well as the performance of certain functions for this unit or body; the action of governing; political rule and administration
the system or form by which a community, etc, is ruled: tyrannical government
the executive policy-making body of a political unit, community, etc; ministry or administration: yesterday we got a new government
(capital when of a specific country): the British Government
the state and its administration: blame it on the government
(as modifier): a government agency
grammar the determination of the form of one word by another word
- governmental (ˌɡʌvənˈmɛntəl, ˌɡʌvəˈmɛntəl), adjective
- governmentally, adverb
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