Definition of government in English:


Line breaks: gov¦ern|ment
Pronunciation: /ˈgʌv(ə)nˌm(ə)nt
, ˈgʌvəm(ə)nt


  • 2 Grammar The relation between a governed and a governing word.
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    • 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.



Pronunciation: /-ˈmɛnt(ə)l/
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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.


Pronunciation: /-ˈmɛnt(ə)li/
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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).

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