- 1 [treated as singular or plural] The governing body of a nation, state, or community: an agency of the federal government [as modifier]: government controlsMore example sentences
- Three big problems make it hard for the federal government to attract top talent.
- That government and nation may commit itself to that ideology for one hundred years or more.
- It fails to see the difference between the people of a nation and the government.
- 1.1The system by which a nation, state, or community is governed: a secular, pluralistic, democratic governmentMore example sentences
- The American bureaucracy fits somewhat awkwardly into its democratic system of government.
- It is about whether we will have a system of government and a social system in which we see each other as equals.
- Is a democratic form of government a necessary pre-condition for the existence of human rights?
- 1.2The action or manner of controlling or regulating a nation, organization, or people: rules for the government of the infirmaryMore example sentences
- She advocates the control of the excesses of capitalism by regulation and government.
- He's talking about class and race and a vision of how government can help regular people.
- In its period in government the party encouraged religious prejudices and backwardness.
- 1.3The group of people in office at a particular time; administration: the election of the new governmentMore example sentences
- We have seen successive governments and home secretaries promise to be tough on crime.
- He was to form no less than fourteen governments as Prime Minister during the rest of his life.
- They have never had much faith in governments and have always believed in direct action.
- 1.4 another term for political science.
- 2 Grammar The relation between a governed and a governing word.More example sentences
- It seems that English allots its nominative and oblique forms of pronouns in terms of position, not true government as in German.
- I'm tempted to suggest that government by the nearest conjunct is in fact the rule for vernacular English.
- There's a lot more variation going on with the government of forms of complement verbs than most scholars of English think.
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- It has recently proposed joint governmental intervention to raise prices.
- He views governmental manipulation of the media, and media subservience to it, as the norm.
- Politics is the art or science concerned with guiding or influencing governmental policy.
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- During the energy crises of 1973-74 and 1980-81, gasoline price controls and governmentally imposed oil allocation controls led to hours'-long gasoline lines.
- Those sorts of governmentally imposed restrictions will impact on the entire New Zealand fishing industry.
- For this reason, exchange rates are among the most watched, analyzed and governmentally manipulated economic measures.
Middle English: from Old French governement, from governer (see govern).