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.
the particular group of persons forming the cabinet at any given time:
Many governments have subsidized agriculture to ensure an adequate food supply.
governments use different kinds of taxes and vary the tax rates.
However, two attempts by the communists to form governments failed.
The power of borough governments is limited and subordinate to the senate of berlin.
In the past the laws have been used to protect governments, to protect military coups.
The birth rate is an item of concern and policy for a number of national governments.
Many governments impose restrictions on smoking tobacco, especially in public areas.
The bill of rights was not written to protect governments from trouble.
Many governments now prohibit removal of coral from reefs to reduce damage by divers.
Historically, corporations were created by special charter of governments.
British Dictionary definitions for governments
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
the executive policy-making body of a political unit, community, etc; ministry or administration yesterday we got a new government
(capital when of a specific country) the British Government
the state and its administration blame it on the government
(as modifier) a government agency
(grammar) the determination of the form of one word by another word
1550s, "system by which a thing is governed" (especially a state), from O.Fr. governement (Mod.Fr. gouvernement), from governer (see govern). Replaced M.E. governance. Meaning "action of governing" is from 1560s; meaning "governing power" in a given place is from 1702.