local government


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

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Subsidies from local governments, which have been as much as 50% larger than the national ones, are being eliminated. ... Trefor Moss, WSJ, "China to Reduce the Juice for Electric-Car Sales," 27 Mar. 2019 Some local governments, like the city of San Francisco, have recently banned the sale of all flavored tobacco, including e-cigarette liquids, but regulation at the federal level has moved more slowly. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Lawmakers are trying to regulate e-cigarette flavors," 1 Aug. 2018 Of course, that requires more effort from local governments, which are often strapped for time and resources in the first place. Annette M. Kim, The Atlantic, "Satellite Images Can Harm the Poorest Citizens," 5 June 2018 Russian officials also allegedly tried to bribe local government officials and senior clergymen and to interfere in negotiations to end Greece's longstanding dispute with neighboring Macedonia over its name. Menelaos Hadjicostis And Maria Danilova, Fox News, "Greece hints at Russian diplomats' expulsion," 11 July 2018 Companies big and small showed off facial-recognition security gates and systems that track cars around cities to local government officials, tech executives and investors. Paul Mozur, New York Times, "Inside China’s Dystopian Dreams: A.I., Shame and Lots of Cameras," 8 July 2018 But local government officials continued to approve developers’ plans to cover the city with impervious surfaces like parking lots, sidewalks, roads, and buildings. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "America’s Flooded Future," 30 May 2018 The Reyna family gathered in the shade just west of the monument where members were all clearly moved by the ceremony that took place in the presence of local government officials, veterans and the general public. David Sharos, Aurora Beacon-News, "Names added to Aurora Veterans Monument," 27 May 2018 Prescott plans to bring the show, which had the support of influential Miami developer Moishe Mana as well as local government officials, back in 2019. Rob Wile, miamiherald, "Miami used to be a textile powerhouse. This L.A. transplant is helping revive it. | Miami Herald," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of local government

1753, in the meaning defined above

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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)

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