: the body of persons that constitutes the governing authority of a political unit or organization: such as
: the officials comprising the governing body of a political unit and constituting the organization as an active agency
The government was slow to react to the crisis.
capitalized: the executive branch of the U.S. federal government
capitalized: a small group of persons holding simultaneously the principal political executive offices of a nation or other political unit and being responsible for the direction and supervision of public affairs:
The government has been slow to react to the crisis.
She works for the federal government.
We need to improve relations with foreign governments.
He is a firm believer in democratic government.
We learned about different methods of government.
The country has been damaged by many years of weak government. See More
Recent Examples on the WebIn September, Congress reached a last-minute deal to fund the government through Nov. 17 just hours before it was set to shutdown.—Caitlin Yilek, CBS News, 15 Nov. 2023 Johnson's proposal to temporarily fund the government into the new year passed on a bipartisan 336-95 tally, but 93 Republicans voted against it.—Compiled Bydemocrat-Gazette Stafffrom Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 15 Nov. 2023 Politics With a Tuesday vote to keep the government funded, Louisiana Rep. Mike Johnson became the latest House GOP speaker to require Democratic help — the same move that cost Kevin McCarthy his job.—Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2023 So far this year, 145,000 migrants have arrived in Italy by sea — piled into smugglers’ boats unfit for sea voyage — compared to 88,000 during the same period last year, according to government figures.—Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 15 Nov. 2023 Red tape and slow processes shroud government work.—WIRED, 15 Nov. 2023 Despite staunch conservative opposition, the House passed Speaker Mike Johnson's (R-LA) two-step continuing resolution to keep the government funded just days before the shutdown deadline, sending it to the Senate, which is expected to pass the bill.—Reese Gorman, Washington Examiner, 14 Nov. 2023 The former Soviet state has relied on U.S. funding to keep its government operational as Russia attempts to bludgeon its economy.—Jacob Bogage, Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2023 The speaker of the House is supporting a continuing resolution to fund the government at current spending levels for a few months.—The Editors, National Review, 14 Nov. 2023 See More
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