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Usage statistics for the noun government:

spoken English30.5%written English69.5% conversational speech5.43%task-oriented speech94.57% imaginative writing5.47%informational writing94.53%
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The word government is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun government

What does government mean as a name of something?

Government is the 10th most common noun. It is used mostly in informational writing, being the 5th most common noun in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural:

  • government: governments
  • Government: Governments

  1. the organization that is the governing authority of a political unit
  2. the act of governing; exercising authority
  3. (government) the system or form by which a community or other political unit is governed
  4. the study of government of states and other political units


Government a.k.a. Government Street is the name given to portions of U.S. Route 90 and U.S. Route 98 within the city limits of Mobile, Alabama. It is known as Government Street east of Pinehill Drive and as Government Boulevard west of Pinehill Drive. It is the most important road on Mobile's far south side and is the only nominally east–west road on Mobile's south side to come into the city from outside the western city limits and reach the downtown business district. The only other two east–west thoroughfares in the city to do so are Moffett Road/Springhill Avenue and Old Shell Road. Government is a four-lane highway throughout the city limits, from Water Street to the western city limits. It is the only thoroughfare in Mobile to have intersections with both Interstate 10 and Interstate 65 within the city limits.


  1. Government: In grammar and theoretical linguistics, government or rection refers to the relationship between a word and its dependents. One can discern between at least three concepts of government: the traditional notion of case government, the highly specialized definition of government in some generative models of syntax, and a much broader notion in dependency grammars.
    • also known as Government (linguistics)
  2. Government: The goverment which this agency is a part of.
  3. Government a.k.a. Shorty Award for Government is an award category presented at the Shorty Awards.
    • also known as Shorty Award de Melhor Conta de um Governo, Nagrada Šorti za vladu, Shorty nagrada za najbolju vladu, Shorty nagrada za uspjeh vlade
  4. Government: The topic that represents the government of this jurisdiction (e.g. Government of France, Government of Ontario, Government of Dubai, etc.

Phrases with Government

Phrases starting with the word Government:

  1. government man
  2. Government Men
  3. government bond
  4. government note
  5. Government Take
  6. government agent
  7. government issue
  8. Government Wharf
  9. government agency
  10. Government cheese
  11. government income
  12. government office
  13. Government Stroke

Phrases ending with the word Government:

  1. us government
  2. self-government
  3. u.s. government
  4. local government
  5. state government
  6. puppet government
  7. Shadow government

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Government

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Google previewThe Teachers' and Students' Library (1882)

A Compendium of Knowledge Necessary to Teachers, Students and the General Reader : Embracing Reading, Penmanship, Arithmetic ... by George Dallas Lind

The government is a limited monarchy, the executive power vested in the King and the legislature in the King and Parliament, which latter consists of two houses, the Senate whose members are appointed by the King and serve for life, and the ...

Google previewLocal Government Today (2001)

by J. A. Chandler

Local government is a unique and valuable institution.

local government refers to the authorities and dependent agencies that are established by Parliament to provide a range of specified services and represent the general ...

Google previewAmerican Civics Handbook (1907)

Containing a Brief Outline of American Civil Government and United States History by Ralph Richard Upton

Government is the organization of the state, the machinery through which its purposes are formulated and executed. Civil government is the control by law of the citizens of a state and this control involves the exercise of three fundamental ...

Google previewAn Introduction to Political Science in Nigeria (2013)

by Adeoye A. Akinsanya, John A. Ayoade

A government is a concrete reality of the State, which is an abstraction, in the sense that it cannot be seen as physically existing or being situated anywhere.

A government is the policy deciding body that makes, declares and enforces a law.

Google previewThe Problem of Political Authority (2012)

An Examination of the Right to Coerce and the Duty to Obey by M. Huemer

The first major good ascribed to government is that of protection from crimes committed by individuals against other...

The second major benefit ascribed to government is the provision of a detailed, precise, and public set of rules of social ...

Google previewAn Essay on the Means and Importance of Introducing the Natural Sciences Into the Family Library (1842)

And Diffusing the Elements of Geometry Into the Plan of the Popular Education by Dennis McCurdy

Good government is a Divine unity; and a freeman must either exercise it upon himself, or fall into the hands of another master.—It is not...

Google previewConstitution Making Under Occupation (2009)

The Politics of Imposed Revolution in Iraq by Andrew Arato

Government is the political center or political top of the administrative and coercive apparatus of the state; when differentiated, all three branches of governmental power have a relation of formal superiority to that apparatus. From the point ...

Google previewPolitics in the Republic of Ireland (2005)

by John Coakley, Michael Gallagher

While majority government is the norm, minority governments have been in office for more than a third of the time...

The growing infrequency of single-party government means that elections are less likely to be the sole battleground that ...

Google previewNew Outlook (1910)

by Alfred Emanuel Smith, Francis Walton

A little government is absolutely necessary to protect the weak from the strong, but government is a necessary evil, and the less we have of it the better. Humanity has simply consented to it in order to protect itself. It should constrain only to free ...

Google previewHansard's Parliamentary Debates (1865)

by Thomas Curson Hansard

The real power over the American Government is the great body of farmers throughout the country, who care nothing for the mobs in New York or in any other city in the Union, and there aro checks in the forms of the American Government ...

Google previewThe Black Diamond (1918)

Government is the instrument which the people use to regulate the conduct of the workers toward each other. Business is an economic force. Government is a moral force. Business is creative. Government is regulative. The objective of ...

Google previewThe State and Local Government Political Dictionary (2007)

by Jeffrey M. Elliot, Sheikh R. Ali

The conference is associated with the Council of Governments (COG), which acts as a secretariat for the conference. The COG is composed of representatives from the various state governments. Participation is voluntary; any government may ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the U.S. Government and the Environment (2011)

History, Policy, and Politics by Matthew J. Lindstrom

government on the issue of the environment has been stronger than at any other time in history. Growing awareness and changing ...

Google previewAcronyms & Abbreviation Dictionary: Social Media, Accounting, Government, Business, Science, Organizations, Medical, Religion (2017)

by Julien Coallier

Useful for deciphering social Media, Accounting, Government, Business, Science...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Disaster Relief (2010)

by K. Bradley Penuel, Matt Statler

Modern disaster management systems consist of a broad range of national and international government and nongovernmental (NGO) actors that participate at different stages of the disaster cycle, from mitigation to preparedness, response, ...

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Usage statistics about government

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun government:

spoken English30.5%written English69.5% conversational speech5.43%task-oriented speech94.57% imaginative writing5.47%informational writing94.53%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun government:


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Quotes about Government

But the federal government, our collective government, has responsibilities that none of these other levels of government can fulfill; and chief among these is national defense. (Don Nickles)
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Scrabble value of G2O1V4E1R1N1M3E1N1T1

The value of this 10-letter word is 16 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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