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1 also Government [C usually singular also + plural verb British English]
the group of people who govern a country or state:
The Government are planning further cuts in public spending.
The US government has tightened restrictions on firearms.
Neither party had the majority necessary to form a government (=become the government after an election).
democratic/totalitarian etc government
The country now has a democratic government for the first time.
A coalition government (=government made up of members of several political parties) will now be established.
under a government (=during the period of a government)
Structural reforms are unlikely under the present government.
a meeting with government officials
the restructuring of government departments
Government spending on health care totals about $60 billion a year.
a form or system of government: ➔ local government, central government
Most people in the country support the return to democratic government.
the process or way of governing
What would the opposition do if they were in government (=governing the country)?
the importance of good government in developing countries
4 [uncountable] American English
the degree to which the government controls economic and social activities:
The protest march was really about big government (=when the government controls many activities).