local government

noun

Definition of local government 

: the government of a specific local area constituting a subdivision of a major political unit (such as a nation or state) also : the body of persons constituting such a government

Examples of local government in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

In May, the Trump administration approved a three-year program for private companies and local government agencies to test drones for deliveries, inspections and other tasks. Joseph Pisani, The Seattle Times, "Where are the drone deliveries? Amazon’s customers are still waiting," 3 Dec. 2018 In response, the report’s authors recommend creating a federal government office that state and local governments as well as nongovernmental groups could consult on how to respond to Chinese requests for partnerships. Kate O’keeffe, WSJ, "Scholars Warn of Chinese Influence Operations in U.S.," 28 Nov. 2018 But what might have been a bit of routine local government business was really a spectacle of civic engagement, thanks to a heated period that was open to public comment on the resolution. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "The West Hollywood City Council Wants Donald Trump's Star Removed From the Hollywood Walk of Fame," 7 Aug. 2018 The special account is tailored for the public sector, which includes state and local government agencies, public and private K-12 school districts and higher education organizations, and nonprofit businesses. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Governmental bodies jumping on Amazon bandwagon," 12 July 2018 Under the new system, there will be 4,500 fewer local government radio users on the system, which should alleviate any surges the system faces, said Tracy Jackson, Broward County’s director of regional public safety and emergency services. Martin Vassolo, miamiherald, "Flawed 911 system ‘absolutely’ affected response to Parkland shooting," 11 July 2018 The new system will increase coverage, with 16 towers instead of the current 10, said Daniel Sanchez, state and local government sales vice president for Motorola. David Fleshler, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Stoneman Douglas commission reviews police radio problems," 11 July 2018 Cheers erupted at a local government office where dozens of volunteers and journalists were awaiting news of whether the intricate and high-risk rescue mission had succeeded. Anchorage Daily News, "After daring rescue, entire Thai soccer team is out of cave," 10 July 2018 Cheers erupted at a local government office where dozens of volunteers and journalists were awaiting news of whether the intricate and high-risk rescue mission had succeeded. Kaweewit Kaewjinda And Stephen Wright, The Christian Science Monitor, "After 18 days, entire Thai soccer team rescued from cave," 10 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'local government.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of local government

1753, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about local government

Share local government

Dictionary Entries near local government

local colorist

locale

local freight

local government

localise

localism

localist

Statistics for local government

Last Updated

10 Dec 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for local government

The first known use of local government was in 1753

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for local government

local government

noun

English Language Learners Definition of local government

: the government that controls and makes decisions for a local area (such as a town, city, or county)

More from Merriam-Webster on local government

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about local government

Comments on local government

What made you want to look up local government? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a knickknack or trinket

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!