[guhv-ern-muh nt, ‐er-muh nt] /ˈgʌv ərn mənt, ‐ər mənt/

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.

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.
/ˈɡʌvənmənt; ˈɡʌvəmənt/
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


regulation; direction
(grammar) the determination of the form of one word by another word

late 14c., “act of governing or ruling;” 1550s, “system by which a thing is governed” (especially a state), from Old French governement (Modern French gouvernement), from governer (see govern). Replaced Middle English governance. Meaning “governing power” in a given place is from 1702.


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