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

Examples of local government in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Fed’s emergency programs provided loans to small and mid-size businesses and bought state and local government bonds. Andrew Taylor And Christopher Rugaber, chicagotribune.com, "Second stimulus check updates: Late-night deal on Fed powers clears way for vote on COVID-19 relief bill," 20 Dec. 2020 At issue were Fed emergency programs, launched amid the pandemic this spring, that provided loans to small and mid-size businesses and bought state and local government bonds. Andrew Taylor, Anchorage Daily News, "Negotiators reach deal on last major obstacle to federal COVID-19 relief package," 20 Dec. 2020 Keep an eye on your local government with us and subscribe to the free daily newsletter that gets sent directly to your inbox every morning. Julia Fair, The Enquirer, "A new dog park, money for homeless, a ventriloquist donation, and a jailer retires – By the Way, NKY," 24 Nov. 2020 Outside of its local government, Allen is also increasingly seeing more investment in the technology industry. Brandi Addison, Dallas News, "Allen is turning itself into a ‘Digital City,’ as its tech efforts draw accolades," 12 Nov. 2020 Your local government has tremendous influence over how your community is run. Enter your address at Ballotpedia to see a list of what’s being decided on in your area this year. Cynthia Gordy Giwa, ProPublica, "How to Vote During a Pandemic," 21 Oct. 2020 Avoid large gatherings and follow your local government's regulations regarding indoor and outdoor dining, shopping, and other everyday activities. Alyssa Jung, Good Housekeeping, "Here’s How You Can Help Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus, According to Experts," 2 Oct. 2020 As in We the People, the citizens who take this crap from our state and local government. al, "Here we go again: Public information access ranking puts Alabama dead last," 29 Sep. 2020 WIth movements across the country to defund the police, many Americans are now realizing how essential their city councils are and how much their local government can do and impact their everyday life.... Nicole Goodkind, Fortune, "Erin Brockovich has given up on the federal government saving the environment," 25 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of local government

1753, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of local government was in 1753

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20 Jan 2021

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“Local government.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/local%20government. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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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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