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English noun: government

1. government (group) the organization that is the governing authority of a political unit


SamplesThe government reduced taxes.
The matter was referred to higher authorities.


Synonymsauthorities, regime


Broader (hypernym)polity


Narrower (hyponym)ancien regime, authoritarian regime, authoritarian state, bureaucracy, court, Downing Street, empire, federal government, government-in-exile, local government, military government, palace, papacy, pontificate, pupet regime, puppet government, puppet state, royal court, state, state government, stratocracy, totalitarian state, totalitation regime


Part holonymadministration, brass, establishment, governance, governing body, judicatory, judicature, judicial system, judiciary, organisation, organization


Member holonymbench, division, executive, general assembly, government department, government officials, judiciary, law-makers, legislative assembly, legislative body, legislature, officialdom


Domain categoryadministration, governance, governing, government, government activity

2. government (act) the act of governing; exercising authority


SamplesRegulations for the governing of state prisons.
He had considerable experience of government.


Synonymsadministration, governance, governing, government activity


Broader (hypernym)social control


Narrower (hyponym)lawmaking, legislating, legislation, misgovernment, misrule, trust busting


Domain category membersallegiant, anarchy, authorities, bounty, destabilisation, destabilization, devolution, devolvement, event planner, federal, government, government, government, land reform, lawlessness, manifesto, minimalist, office, paternalism, political science, politics, power, premium, price-fixing, progressive, pronunciamento, protest march, reform-minded, reformist, regime, squandermania, unitary, zero coupon bond, zero-coupon bond

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


SamplesTyrannical government.


Broader (hypernym)system, system of rules


Domain categoryadministration, governance, governing, government, government activity

4. government (cognition) the study of government of states and other political units


Synonymspolitical science, politics


Broader (hypernym)social science


Narrower (hyponym)geopolitics, practical politics, realpolitik


Domain categoryadministration, governance, governing, government, government activity


Domain category membersassassin, assassinator, bolt, bravo, cabal, catechism, civilisation, civilization, coattails effect, combination, conspiracy, demonstration, fencesitter, independent, mandate, manifestation, minimalist, muckraker, mudslinger, mugwump, nominating address, nominating speech, nomination, patronage, politics, regular, side, Soviets, Sturm und Drang, turbulence, upheaval, war chest









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