Your government is the system of people, laws, and officials that define and control the country that you live in. The U.S. government, for example, is a representative democracy with three branches.

There are many different kinds of government, but they all do essentially the same thing: "govern" or oversee the rules, regulations, and interactions of the people who live under them. For the most part, a government is concerned with public life, though many of the laws that a government like ours establishes and enforces can regulate what happens in private life, too. If you work for the government, you're in public life. If you work for a company, you're in the private sector.

Definitions of government

n (government) the system or form by which a community or other political unit is governed

“tyrannical government
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system, system of rules
a complex of methods or rules governing behavior

n the organization that is the governing authority of a political unit

“the government reduced taxes”
authorities, regime
the federal government of the United States
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authoritarian regime, authoritarian state
a government that concentrates political power in an authority not responsible to the people
a government that is administered primarily by bureaus that are staffed with nonelective officials
ancien regime
a political and social system that no longer governs (especially the system that existed in France before the French Revolution)
court, royal court
the sovereign and his advisers who are the governing power of a state
Downing Street
the British government
a group of countries under a single authority
federal government
a government with strong central powers
a temporary government moved to or formed in a foreign land by exiles who hope to rule when their country is liberated
local government
the government of a local area
military government, stratocracy
government by the military and an army
the governing group of a kingdom
papacy, pontificate
the government of the Roman Catholic Church
pupet regime, puppet government, puppet state
a government that is appointed by and whose affairs are directed by an outside authority that may impose hardships on those governed
the group of people comprising the government of a sovereign state
state government
the government of a state in the United States
totalitarian state, totalitation regime
a government that subordinates the individual to the state and strictly controls all aspects of life by coercive measures
Court of Saint James's
the British royal court
Porte, Sublime Porte
the Ottoman court in Constantinople
the government of the Soviet Union
welfare state
a government that undertakes responsibility for the welfare of its citizens through programs in public health and public housing and pensions and unemployment compensation etc.
municipal government
the government of a municipality
town meeting
government of a town by an assembly of the qualified voters
U.S., U.S. government, US Government, United States, United States government
the executive and legislative and judicial branches of the federal government of the United States
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a politically organized unit

n the act of governing; exercising authority

“he had considerable experience of government
administration, governance, governing, government activity
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misgovernment, misrule
government that is inefficient or dishonest
lawmaking, legislating, legislation
the act of making or enacting laws
trust busting
(law) government activities seeking to dissolve corporate trusts and monopolies (especially under the United States antitrust laws)
criminalisation, criminalization
legislation that makes something illegal
decriminalisation, decriminalization
legislation that makes something legal that was formerly illegal
enactment, passage
the passing of a law by a legislative body
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social control
control exerted (actively or passively) by group action

n the study of government of states and other political units

political science, politics
the study of the effects of economic geography on the powers of the state
practical politics, realpolitik
politics based on practical rather than moral or ideological considerations
the branch of geopolitics dealing with strategy
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social science
the branch of science that studies society and the relationships of individual within a society

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