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gov·ern·ment  (gvrn-mnt)
1. The act or process of governing, especially the control and administration of public policy in a political unit.
2. The office, function, or authority of a governing individual or body.
3. Exercise of authority in a political unit; rule.
4. The agency or apparatus through which a governing individual or body functions and exercises authority.
5. A governing body or organization, as:
a. The ruling political party or coalition of political parties in a parliamentary system.
b. The cabinet in a parliamentary system.
c. The persons who make up a governing body.
6. A system or policy by which a political unit is governed.
7. Administration or management of an organization, business, or institution.
8. Political science.
9. Grammar The influence of a word over the morphological inflection of another word in a phrase or sentence.

govern·mental (-mntl) adj.
govern·mental·ly adv.
Usage Note: In American usage government always takes a singular verb. In British usage government, in the sense of a governing group of officials, takes a plural verb: The government are determined to follow this course. See Usage Note at collective noun.

government  /gvrmnt, rnmnt/  n. 1 a system of political and social representation and control: Governments are classified by who holds power, such as a dictator. 2 the people who rule: The government decided to cut taxes for the middle classes. -adj. governmental /gvrnmntl, rmn/.

Thesaurus: government 1 the political system, the state 2 the administration, politicians | members of Congress. Ant. the people. government

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