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  2  definitions  found 
 
  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 
  case. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  government 
  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}, 
  {regime}] 
  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  government  of  state  prisons";  "he  had  considerable 
  experience  of  government"  [syn:  {governing},  {governance}] 
  4:  the  study  of  government  of  states  and  other  political  units 
  [syn:  {politics},  {political  science}] 




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