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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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