Government Definition

Define what is Government?

1. authorities, government, regime (noun)

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

  • the government reduced taxes.
  • the matter was referred to higher authorities.
Synonyms: authorities, regime

polity noun
a politically organized unit.


authoritarian regime, authoritarian state noun
a government that concentrates political power in an authority not responsible to the people.

bureaucracy noun
a government that is administered primarily by bureaus that are staffed with nonelective officials.

ancien regime noun
a political and social system that no longer governs (especially the system that existed in France before the French Revolution).

royal court, Court noun
the sovereign and his advisers who are the governing power of a state.

Downing Street noun
the British government.

Empire noun
a group of countries under a single authority.

federal government noun
a government with strong central powers.

government-in-exile noun
a temporary government moved to or formed in a foreign land by exiles who hope to rule when their country is liberated.

local government noun
the government of a local area.

military government, stratocracy noun
government by the military and an army.

palace noun
the governing group of a kingdom.

papacy, pontificate noun
the government of the Roman Catholic Church.

pupet regime, puppet government, puppet state noun
a government that is appointed by and whose affairs are directed by an outside authority that may impose hardships on those governed.

State noun
the group of people comprising the government of a sovereign state.

state government noun
the government of a state in the United States.

totalitarian state, totalitation regime noun
a government that subordinates the individual to the state and strictly controls all aspects of life by coercive measures.

2. governing, government activity, governance, government, administration (noun)

the act of governing; exercising authority.

  • regulations for the governing of state prisons.
  • he had considerable experience of government.

social control noun
control exerted (actively or passively) by group action.


misgovernment, misrule noun
government that is inefficient or dishonest.

lawmaking, legislating, legislation noun
the act of making or enacting laws.

trust busting noun
(law) government activities seeking to dissolve corporate trusts and monopolies (especially under the United States antitrust laws).

3. government (noun)

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

  • tyrannical government.

system of rules, system noun
a complex of methods or rules governing behavior.

4. political science, politics, government (noun)

the study of government of states and other political units.


    social science noun
    the branch of science that studies society and the relationships of individual within a society.


    geopolitics noun
    the study of the effects of economic geography on the powers of the state.

    practical politics, realpolitik noun
    politics based on practical rather than moral or ideological considerations.

    Nearby Terms

    Government Accounting Office (noun)
    an independent nonpartisan federal agency that acts as the investigative arm of Congress making the executive branch accountable to Congress and the government accountable to citizens of the United States

    government activity (noun)
    the act of governing; exercising authority

    government agency (noun)
    an administrative unit of government

    government agent (noun)
    a representative or official of a government or administrative department of a government

    government bond (noun)
    a bond that is an IOU of the United States Treasury; considered the safest security in the investment world

    government building (noun)
    a building that houses a branch of government

    government department (noun)
    a department of government

    government income (noun)
    income available to the government

    government issue (noun)
    supplies (as food or clothing or ammunition) issued by the government

    government man (noun)
    a special law-enforcement agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

    government minister (noun)
    a person appointed to a high office in the government

    government note (noun)
    a piece of paper money (especially one issued by a central bank)

    government office (noun)
    an office where government employees work

    government officials (noun)
    people elected or appointed to administer a government

    Government Printing Office (noun)
    an agency of the legislative branch that provides printing and binding services for Congress and the departments and establishments of the federal government