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government

noun
 
 
/ˈɡʌvənmənt/ ( written abbreviation govt) GOVERNMENT
[C] an organization that officially manages and controls a country or region, creating laws, collecting taxes, providing public services, etc.: The two governments have signed an agreement. This fiscal year would mark the third government surplus in a row for the first time in over 50 years. a federal/central/local/governmentgovernment official/regulator/employee Global business leaders and government officials gathered in Spain Friday for a meeting aimed at breaking down remaining trade barriers.government agency/department Some government agencies have worked well together to combat terrorist financing. government policy/program/services the Chinese/Italian/British government The Chinese government has implemented economic reforms.
[U] the people, systems, etc. that manage or control a country or region: The goal is to identify opportunities to reduce the cost of government. a democratic form of government. The President spoke of restoring confidence in government.
form a government to bring political parties together to make a government when none of them has received a large enough number of votes in an election to control the government: The former prime minister was seeking support from smaller parties to help form a government.
the government [S] the government of a particular country, especially the country you are in or the one you have already referred to: The government is proposing changes to subsidies for renewable energy sources. The figures are based on the government's survey of the labor force.
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