Government

Gov"ern*ment

(?), n. [F. gouvernement. See Govern.] 1. The act of governing; the exercise of authority; the administration of laws; control; direction; regulation; as, civil, church, or family government.
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2. The mode of governing; the system of polity in a state; the established form of law.
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That free government which we have so dearly purchased, free commonwealth.
Milton.
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3. The right or power of governing; authority.
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I here resign my government to thee.
Shak.
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4. The person or persons authorized to administer the laws; the ruling power; the administration.
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When we, in England, speak of the government, we generally understand the ministers of the crown for the time being.
Mozley & W.
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5. The body politic governed by one authority; a state; as, the governments of Europe.
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6. Management of the limbs or body. Shak.
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7. (Gram.) The influence of a word in regard to construction, requiring that another word should be in a particular case.
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