|Origin:||politika (plural), from politikos; POLITIC|
1 [U also + plural verb British English]
ideas and activities relating to gaining and using power in a country, city etc [↪ political, politician]:
a good understanding of politics in China
modern American politics
Politics have always interested Anita.
national/local etc politics
Brooke's been involved in city politics since college.
The president should stand above party politics (=working only for your political party).
the profession of being a politician:
Flynn retired from politics in 1986.
Her father's trying to enter politics.
Smith went into politics in his early twenties.
the activities of people who are concerned with gaining personal advantage within a group, organization etc:
I'm tired of dealing with all of the office politics.
Her art examines sexual politics (=how power is shared between men and women).
the politics of race and class at American universities
someone's political beliefs and opinions:
I assume her politics must be fairly conservative.
5 [uncountable] especially British EnglishSE
the study of political power and systems of government [= political science]:
Tom is studying for a degree in politics.