- government gov‧ern‧ment [ˈgʌvmənt, ˈgʌvnmənt ǁ ˈgʌvərn-] also Government noun [countable]the group of people responsible for running a country or state and making decisions about taxes, laws, public services etc:
• The Government is planning further cuts in public spending.
* * *government UK US /ˈgʌvənmənt/ noun (WRITTEN ABBREVIATION govt) GOVERNMENT► [C] an organization that officially manages and controls a country or region, creating laws, collecting taxes, providing public services, etc.: »
The two governments have signed an agreement.»
This fiscal year would mark the third government surplus in a row for the first time in over 50 years.»
a federal/central/local/governmentgovernment official/regulator/employee »
Global business leaders and government officials gathered in Spain Friday for a meeting aimed at breaking down remaining trade barriers.government agency/department »
Some government agencies have worked well together to combat terrorist financing.»
government policy/program/servicesthe Chinese/Italian/British government »
The Chinese government has implemented economic reforms.► [U] the people, systems, etc. that manage or control a country or region: »
The goal is to identify opportunities to reduce the cost of government.»
a democratic form of government.»
The President spoke of restoring confidence in government.● form a government — Cf. form a government● the government — Cf. the government
Financial and business terms. 2012.