Definitions for: Government


[n] the act of governing; exercising authority; "regulations for the governing of state prisons"; "he had considerable experience of government"
[n] the system or form by which a community or other political unit is governed; "tyrannical government"
[n] the study of government of states and other political units
[n] the organization that is the governing authority of a political unit; "the government reduced taxes"; "the matter was referred to higher authorities"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

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

That free government which we have so dearly
purchased, free commonwealth. --Milton.

3. The right or power of governing; authority.

I here resign my government to thee. --Shak.

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

When we, in England, speak of the government, we
generally understand the ministers of the crown for
the time being. --Mozley & W.

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

6. Management of the limbs or body. --Shak.

7. (Gram.) The influence of a word in regard to construction,
requiring that another word should be in a particular
case.

Synonyms: authorities, governance, governing, government activity, political science, politics, regime

See Also: administration, ancien regime, bench, brass, court, division, Downing Street, empire, establishment, executive, federal government, general assembly, geopolitics, governance, governing body, government department, government officials, government-in-exile, judicatory, judicature, judicial system, judiciary, law-makers, lawmaking, legislating, legislation, legislative assembly, legislature, local government, misgovernment, misrule, officialdom, organisation, organization, palace, papacy, polity, pontificate, practical politics, realpolitik, royal court, social control, social science, state, state government, system, system of rules, trust busting

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