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  ( governments    plural  )
1       n-count-coll   The government of a country is the group of people who are responsible for governing it.  
The Government has insisted that confidence is needed before the economy can improve., ...democratic governments in countries like Britain and the US., ...fighting between government forces and left-wing rebels.     
2       n-uncount   Government consists of the activities, methods, and principles involved in governing a country or other political unit.  
The first four years of government were completely disastrous., ...our system of government.     

local government        ( local governments    plural  )
1       n-uncount   Local government is the system of electing representatives to be responsible for the administration of public services and facilities in a particular area.  
2       n-count   A local government is the same as a local authority.  
national government        ( national governments    plural  ) A national government is a government with members from more than one political party, especially one that is formed during a crisis.  
  (mainly BRIT)      n-count   usu sing  
Self-government is government of a country or region by its own people rather than by others.      n-uncount  
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  


1    administration, authority, dominion, execution, governance, law, polity, rule, sovereignty, state, statecraft  
2    administration, executive, ministry, powers-that-be, regime  
3    authority, command, control, direction, domination, guidance, management, regulation, restraint, superintendence, supervision, sway  

autonomy, democracy, devolution, home rule, independence, self-determination, self-rule, sovereignty  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

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government by revocable delegates chosen and controlled by groups of 25 delegators. Revocable delegates designated the higher levels : basis delegate, council delegate, deputy-delegate, national delegate, international delegate, and world delegate.
When a large group of competing corporations hope to use the government to protect or enhance their interests.
Economic Term.
a government scheme that moves people to a new area (e.g. because a dam is being built where they live)
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