Hypertext Webster Gateway: "government"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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. --Milton.

3. The right or power of governing; authority.

I here resign my government to thee. --Shak.

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. --Shak.

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

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: the organization that is the governing authority of a
political unit; "the government reduced taxes"; "the
matter was referred to higher authorities" [syn: {authorities},
2: 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}]

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