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a coalition government
▪ There is little enthusiasm among voters for a coalition government.
a government commission
▪ A government commission regulates the process.
a government department
▪ The Home Office is the government department responsible for prisons.
a government grant
▪ The school has won a £240,000 government grant to improve its science and technology areas.
a government inquiry (=organized by the government)
▪ A government inquiry was set up into discipline in schools.
a government leader
▪ He was the first EU government leader to visit the newly elected US President.
a government post
▪ I decided to apply for a local government post.
a government spy
▪ They thought I was a government spy.
a government/departmental/ministerial committee
a system of government/education/justice etc
▪ Why was Britain so slow to develop a national system of education?
big government
▪ big government welfare policies
central government
democratic government
▪ a democratic government
government figures (=figures produced by the government)
▪ Government figures suggest a moderate recovery in consumer spending.
government forces (=soldiers fighting for the government)
▪ Government forces reportedly shot dead 300 unarmed civilians.
government health warning
government legislation
▪ New government legislation will force manufacturers to label their products more accurately.
government statistics
▪ According to government statistics, only two percent of lone parents are aged under twenty.
government troops
▪ The state radio reported serious clashes between government troops and guerrillas.
government/federal regulations
▪ Small businessman are fed up with government regulations.
government/official propaganda
▪ Everything would soon get better, according to the official propaganda.
government/police corruption
▪ There has been plenty of evidence of police corruption.
government/public/state policy
▪ Government spending is determined by government policy.
government/Senate approval
▪ It takes an average of twelve years for a successful drug to go from initial research to final government approval.
government/taxpayers'/public money
▪ More taxpayer’s money should be spent on the railways.
host country/government/city etc
▪ the host city for the next Olympic Games
joined-up government
joined-up government
Labour government
▪ a Labour government
local government
minority government
open government (=when the government makes information freely available)
▪ The party was calling for more open government.
provincial government
▪ the provincial government of Quebec
provisional government
▪ a provisional government
public/government/state expenditure (=money a government spends on the services it provides for people)
▪ The Conservatives want to maintain a firm control on public expenditure.
public/government/state spending
▪ The government is determined to keep public spending under control.
▪ They called for increased government spending on education.
puppet government/regime/state (=a government etc controlled by a more powerful country or organization)
student government
▪ Direct action by central government would necessitate substantially increased expenditure and therefore revenue.
▪ Judicial review of administrative decisions by central or local government and certain other bodies is now commonplace.
▪ Teachers, parents, central government.
▪ Equally, so-called autonomous bodies are subject to a high degree of central government control.
▪ While they can raise revenue locally, primarily by levying, the extent of their powers is strictly monitored by central government.
▪ In addition, the Partnerships allowed central government a say in previously locally-determined issues.
▪ Two laws in 1999 which broadly shifted resources from central to regional government raised more questions than they answered.
▪ This is also a difference between the central government system and the local government system in Britain.
▪ The incoming Conservative government was determined to reduce this.
▪ The first two Conservative governments presided over an economy which produced ever increasing numbers of unemployed people.
▪ The Conservative government of the 1980s has aroused profound anxiety by its policies of centralization and executive control.
▪ Successive Conservative governments implemented policies which reversed the slight trend for income redistribution to poorer groups.
▪ After 13 years of Conservative government, it is the only environment Act that we have.
▪ In the first place, there was undoubtedly a major difference of approach between the Labour and Conservative governments.
▪ These are equally crucial conditions for the maintenance of democratic government.
▪ An enactment which threatened the essential elements of any plausible conception of democratic government would lie beyond those boundaries.
▪ We are giving practical help in consolidating their independence, building up democratic systems of government and rebuilding their economies.
▪ The first is that it need not be democratic government, or democratic propositions, to which the people give their consent.
▪ All that was supposed to end with the new democratic government of 1994.
▪ No democratic government, with elections to win and problems to solve, can find these questions easy.
▪ While all customs duties accrued to the federal government, it received only about one-third of total sales tax revenue in 1985.
▪ Officials in Republican and Democratic administrations argued that IRBs led to a multi-billion dollar revenue loss to the federal government.
▪ The federal government controls just 6% of the education budget.
▪ When the transition is complete, stations will be required to surrender their analog channels to the federal government.
▪ Employers who hire a worker must contact the federal government, which checks to ensure that the new bloke has his papers.
▪ The partial federal government shutdown has delayed many statistics.
▪ Is the federal government a constructive force in directing industrial technology or an obstacle?
▪ Somehow, Andrew Young believed, the federal government had been behind the shooting.
▪ That year a Labour government uncharacteristically committed to free-market economic policies won office.
▪ With the threat of a Labour government by the end of the week, sterling does not need shocks like that.
▪ But the Labour government fell in October 1951 and the Conservatives took up office.
▪ Both would face steep tax rises under a Labour government.
▪ Britain must now throw this opportunity away by electing a Labour government.
▪ There was speculation that the tabloids were preparing for life under a Labour government.
▪ The local government reforms following 1888 established new authorities with a franchise almost identical with the municipal boroughs.
▪ Executives point to increased regulatory pressures as well as scrawny profit margins on underwriting new state and local government issues.
▪ The most favourable field is in the local government service, which will be described in the next section.
▪ Polls show some 70 percent of Londoners favoring a local government.
▪ Rather federalism and local government constitute an efficient division of political labour, which permits a functional segmentation of the state.
▪ Before 1902, no general grants were paid, either by central or by local government, to support secondary grammar schools.
▪ Its new National government plans to abandon compulsory unionism and centralised wage fixing.
▪ The national government seemingly could find no constitutional means to intercede to protect its black citizens.
▪ Five percent would give Chief Buthelezi a good chance of playing a role in the national government.
▪ He was sure that the national government would not wish to be responsible for a bloody slave uprising.
▪ Nearly all the cases that came before the Court were appeals by national governments and industries against decisions of the High Authority.
▪ They expected the national government to provide them with some protection against intimidation and violence, but no assistance was forthcoming.
▪ Local and national governments have been forced to renege on their own laws.
▪ As segregation and violence became commonplace, the national government expressed no willingness to enforce a new racial order.
▪ But it is likely to survive at least long enough to put Mr Djindjic at the head of a new government.
▪ In early spring, 1861, the new Confederate government decided to force the issue.
▪ Others argue that any new government must have a clear mandate for change.
▪ Together they form a coherent whole, a new model of government.
▪ A new civilian government would be sworn in on Aug. 27, 1993.
▪ Dini remains one of the likely people to be asked to try to form a new government.
▪ The Diaries reveal for the first time how close the Liberals came to playing a full part in the new Labour government.
▪ A dozen are new to government.
▪ First it will examine the consultative arrangements which exist between a number of key government agencies and representative bodies.
▪ So, one government agency reduces fishing to protect the salmon.
▪ The government agency is called a Job Centre.
▪ Improper behavior by individual political actors or by government agencies is exposed and widely communicated by investigative reporters.
▪ The claim was also made that there was very little support at all for local small businesses from government agencies.
▪ The extensive and cozy working relationships between the other government agencies and the various business sectors. 4.
▪ The same logic is true for non-profit making organisations like government agencies or local government authorities.
▪ And, the story about government agencies and drug dealing is not new either.
▪ Aged only 53, he was already the country's longest-serving Prime Minister, having led successive coalition governments since 1982.
▪ They blamed the republic's nationalistic coalition government for the slide into civil strife.
▪ Jan P. Syse, the Conservative Party leader, will then put together a centre-right coalition government.
▪ But unlike them she did not come to office during a wartime emergency nor head a coalition government.
▪ Conservatism went into relative eclipse. while Labour under Clement Attlee was able to wield influence in the coalition government.
▪ The evidence is overwhelming that he did not at this stage contemplate a coalition government.
▪ The Pact would provide for the withdrawal of Soviet forces following the formation of a coalition government in Kabul.
▪ He was appointed commissioner in 1975 and was quickly identified with the tough law and order stand of the then coalition government.
▪ The immediate source of the Bill will almost invariably be a government department.
▪ Aleman has begun his term with surprise inspections of various government departments.
▪ This week, for example, the permanent secretaries of all government departments will meet to discuss best practice in procurement.
▪ The Action Teams also work in partnership with the other government departments I have mentioned and numerous other voluntary and statutory bodies.
▪ Politicians espouse it; government departments ignore it at their peril.
▪ In organizations and government departments who regularly advertise, some one will be appointed to be responsible for the advertising.
▪ At the beginning of February, his organisation, formerly a government department, was turned into a nominally independent company.
▪ For example, damages for breach of contract can be obtained against a government department.
▪ Between 1978/79 and 1989/90 government expenditure on housing in real terms declined by 79 percent.
▪ The second-round effect of the increased government expenditure will be a further increase in national income of £40 million.
▪ The rise in government expenditure especially benefited the education budget which was increased by 8.6 percent to F228,000 million.
▪ The third-round effect of the increase in government expenditure will be a further increase of £16 million in national income.
▪ And these grants were later affected by cuts in government expenditure.
▪ Table 16-3 reminds us that some government expenditure is financed by borrowing.
▪ Reductions in overseas government expenditure took place, but reluctantly and more gradually than now seems desirable.
▪ The budget forecast that overall government expenditure would increase by 15.4 percent in the 1991/92 fiscal year to S$15,800 million.
▪ Main government leaders President: Najibullah.
▪ Business leaders are driven by the profit motive; government leaders are driven by the desire to get reelected.
▪ Main government leaders President: César Gaviria Trujillo.
▪ Main government leaders President: Rodrigo Borja Cevallos.
▪ Instead they received a delegation of government officials, scientists, economists and businessmen.
▪ Storage of nuclear materials is in jeopardy, a government official warned recently.
▪ It was largely due to him that I managed to negotiate successfully with government officials and tribal chiefs during the months that followed.
▪ Some past and current government officials say the program was intended for defensive purposes only.
▪ This is particularly valuable in the case of government officials.
▪ It is against the law for a government official to solicit political cash.
▪ Hundreds of civilians and government officials were murdered, including half of the supreme court.
▪ They were also expected to meet in Sarajevo with officials from international lending institutions and local government officials.
▪ Notice, finally, that this approach suggests that monopoly policy should not be independent of other aspects of government policy.
▪ The change of government policy can not be too drastic.
▪ Although private transport is also subject to government policy, it will be affected more slowly.
▪ Is it tax rates or government policies?
▪ Clarification of issues such as these should be of great significance to both business strategy and government policy.
▪ A systems approach to budgeting that focuses on the outcomes and objectives of government policy can not avoid controversy.
▪ The changing nature of the planning context, through case law, government policy and statute, demands continuing attention.
▪ The office of Mr Chre tien said later that Mr Manley's views were not government policy.
▪ The state government in Sacramento was no better.
▪ Ruben Figueroa was indirectly implicated, since he oversees the state government.
▪ They're worthless, of course they are, or else why do you think the state government let you have them.
▪ The distinctive authority of this new act made both national and state governments responsible for the capture and return of runaway slaves.
▪ The state governments, of whatever party, attach great importance to the expansion of their own mass media facilities.
▪ Frustrated, he left state government and launched a private company-and the state disbanded its marketing effort.
▪ The state government retains the right to license other operators to run passenger and freight trains over the country rail network.
▪ Federal and state governments add cigarette taxes, big lawsuits and more.
▪ Thousands of Nuba were forced to flee as government soldiers scaled the mountains, destroying almost 2,500 homes and burning food stores.
▪ The benefit has been expanding rapidly since a 1989 lawsuit forced the government to ease requirements for coverage.
▪ They may therefore be able to force governments to examine the economic consequences of bowing too readily to environmental prejudices.
▪ It would force many local governments to enter technical and legal areas in which they had little or no prior experience.
▪ When the stop of the Exchequer was forced upon the government in 1672 he received favourable treatment in the resulting settlement.
▪ But it recently forced the government to promise new laws banning sales of alcohol.
▪ These differences are partly a result of how people have forced governments to introduce legislation.
▪ If the Tories were to form the next government then Chris Patten would be found a seat, if necessary.
▪ The leader then forms a government that proceeds to enact its program into law.
▪ Chuan and other party leaders expressed confidence that they would be forming a government soon.
▪ Whichever party forms the next government, Mr Heseltine is unlikely to be Environment Secretary in it.
▪ Mr Erbakan has 45 days to form a government.
▪ Internal markets form the basis of government thinking about the reform of the National Health Service.
▪ Kamal Ganzouri, the 62-year-old deputy prime minister, was asked to form a government after cabinet ministers quit.
UN-sponsored/US-sponsored/government-sponsored etc
caretaker manager/government/boss etc
▪ A caretaker boss is expected to be named today.
▪ A player representation, led by caretaker manager Edwin Stein, received a rapturous welcome.
▪ All three parties undertook to support the caretaker government until the elections.
▪ And caretaker boss Barrow said he was a little disappointed at not taking three points!
▪ In the meantime, his assistant, Mr Ronnie Moran, would act as caretaker manager.
▪ The caretaker government had earlier introduced new laws increasing the penalties for election offences.
▪ They sought extra-parliamentary means to oust Chavalit, establish a caretaker government and hold a new election.
seat of government/power
▪ Ancient Rome was the seat of power, magnificence and corruption, the obvious object of love, envy, hatred.
▪ Blacks are now in, or close to, the seats of power.
▪ But a number of individuals, often close to the seat of government, became very rich.
▪ But now, as White House incumbent presiding over the seat of government, he is the ultimate political insider.
▪ Capital: Amsterdam; seat of government: The Hague.
▪ It happens out on the streets, behind closed doors, in corridors of power, in the seat of government.
▪ Originally this symbolic seat of power contained holy relics.
▪ Several years of proximity to the throne had given the Jesuits access to the seat of power.
the incumbent president/priest/government etc
▪ At the same time, as the incumbent President, he is also answerable for the state of the nation.
▪ Efficiency is the principle that voters ought to be able to assess the responsibility of and exercise control over the incumbent government.
▪ Labour would then benefit from the extra coverage given to the incumbent government.
▪ Like Clinton 12 years later, he possessed in volume what the incumbent president, Jimmy Carter, lacked.
transitional government
▪ A transitional government of 28 ministers and six secretaries of state was named by Compaoré on June 16.
▪ According to the communiqué, a transitional government was scheduled to be appointed in January 1991.
▪ Ghozali, anxious to emphasize the non-party nature of his transitional government, did not attend.
▪ Meanwhile, the transitional government continued to face challenges to its authority.
▪ On the closing day of the conference, Eyadema recognized Koffigoh as Prime Minister of the transitional government.
▪ The National Executive Council resigned but was re-appointed on an interim basis pending the selection by Soglo of a transitional government.
▪ After years of corrupt government, people are tired of politics.
▪ Having a popular leader does not guarantee good government.
▪ It has been difficult for the central government to conduct elections in remote areas.
▪ The government has promised to cut taxes.
▪ The government said that Iceland has no plans to resume whaling.
▪ the city government of Los Angeles
▪ The current Liberal Party has no actual experience of government.
▪ The French government strongly condemned the killings.
▪ the French government
▪ The local government has been unable to meet the demand for affordable housing.
▪ The newspaper, La Prensa, was shut down for nearly two years because of its criticism of government policies.
▪ The Republicans were elected by campaigning against big government and high taxes.
▪ The voters just want good government and less taxes.
▪ Unemployment is a problem that many Western governments continue to face.
▪ Almost everywhere the monarch was, and was expected to be, the moving force behind the machinery of government.
▪ His blend of smears, half truths and downright lies ruined many careers in government and the professions.
▪ In practice the actions of governments have been less high-minded: a fact the opposition is always quick to point out.
▪ In public sector schools in the late 1980s, shortages of government funding were bringing pressures to charge fees.
▪ Still others see the pro-bat requirement as just another example of federal encroachment on local government.
▪ Taxation is about all there is to government.
▪ The government even began legal proceedings against the survivors, indicting them for rebellion and damaging public property.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Government \Gov"ern*ment\, n. [F. gouvernement. See Govern.]

  1. The act of governing; the exercise of authority; the administration of laws; control; direction; regulation; as, civil, church, or family government.

  2. The mode of governing; the system of polity in a state; the established form of law.

    That free government which we have so dearly purchased, free commonwealth.

  3. The right or power of governing; authority.

    I here resign my government to thee.

  4. The person or persons authorized to administer the laws; the ruling power; the administration.

    When we, in England, speak of the government, we generally understand the ministers of the crown for the time being.
    --Mozley & W.

  5. The body politic governed by one authority; a state; as, the governments of Europe.

  6. Management of the limbs or body.

  7. (Gram.) The influence of a word in regard to construction, requiring that another word should be in a particular case.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.


n. The body with the power to make and/or enforce laws to control a country, land area, people or organization.

  1. n. the organization that is the governing authority of a political unit; "the government reduced taxes"; "the matter was referred to higher authorities" [syn: authorities, regime]

  2. (government) the system or form by which a community or other political unit is governed; "tyrannical government"

  3. the act of governing; exercising authority; "regulations for the governing of state prisons"; "he had considerable experience of government" [syn: governing, governance, government activity]

  4. the study of government of states and other political units [syn: politics, political science]

Government (disambiguation)

Government may refer to:

  • the system by which a state or community is controlled, see Forms of government.
  • the executive of a state.
  • the governing cabinet as part of the executive.
  • the process of governing, or governance.
  • Government (linguistics), the relationship between a word and its dependents.
Government (linguistics)

In grammar and theoretical linguistics, government or rection refers to the relationship between a word and its dependents. One can discern between at least three concepts of government: the traditional notion of case government, the highly specialized definition of government in some generative models of syntax, and a much broader notion in dependency grammars.


A government is the system by which a state or community is controlled. In the case of this broad associative definition, government normally consists of legislators, administrators, and arbitrators. Government is the means by which state policy is enforced, as well as the mechanism for determining the policy of the state. Forms of government, or forms of state governance, refers to the set of political systems and institutions that make up the organisation of a specific government.

In the Commonwealth of Nations, the word government is also used more narrowly to refer to the ministry (collective executive), a collective group of people that exercises executive authority in a state or, more narrowly, the governing cabinet as part of the executive. This usage is analogous to what is called an " administration" in American English. Furthermore, especially in American English, the concepts of the state and the government may be used synonymously to refer to the person or group of people exercising authority over a politically organized territory. Finally, government is also sometimes used in English as a synonym for governance.

In addition to the above political meanings, in grammar and theoretical linguistics, government or rection refers to the relationship between a word and its dependents.

Usage examples of "government".

Hitler and Mussolini was dead, but a new form of it was condoned and abetted abroad by the United States government.

I mean, our own government had terrible policies for Aboriginal people.

It has been subsequently held many times that municipal corporations are mere instrumentalities of the State for the more convenient administration of local governments, whose powers may be enlarged, abridged, or entirely withdrawn at the pleasure of the legislature.

In those documents we find the abridgment of the existing right of suffrage and the denial to the people of all right to participate in the selection of public officers except the legislative boldly advocated, with labored arguments to prove that large control of the people in government is the source of all political evil.

In those documents we find the abridgment of the existing right of suffrage, and the denial to the people of all right to participate in the selection of public officers, except the legislature, boldly advocated, with labored argument to prove that large control of the people in government is the source of all political evil.

Republican Palace and the complex of government buildings and luxury villas that abutted the Tigris River, thus seizing the administrative heart of the capital.

It was all a great big carnival freak show The federal government was the Man with One Hundred Arms, and Glenn Abies was the barker.

Kentucky might have been to accede to the proposition of General Polk, and which from his knowledge of the views of his own Government he was fully justified in offering, the State of Kentucky had no power, moral or physical, to prevent the United States Government from using her soil as best might suit its purposes in the war it was waging for the subjugation of the seceded States.

Which implies, I hope, that what we need is more citizen activation and less government efforts at achieving their objectives for them.

You may, therefore, comprehend, that being of no country, asking no protection from any government, acknowledging no man as my brother, not one of the scruples that arrest the powerful, or the obstacles which paralyze the weak, paralyzes or arrests me.

I exerted all my efforts to acquaint the French Government with what was passing on the Spree.

If the minority will not acquiesce, the majority must, or the Government must cease.

The new liberal constitution of Venezuela having gone into effect with the universal acquiescence of the people, the government under it has been recognized and diplomatic intercourse with it has opened in a cordial and friendly spirit.

The government resisted this, and Lord John Eussell, with a tone of ridicule and acrimony, offered the motion an ostentatious opposition.

Government in Youngstown, assuming that Congress had not acted in the latter case.