Learner's definition of GOVERNMENT
1 [count] : the group of people who control and make decisions for a country, state, etc.
The government has been slow to react to the crisis.
She works for the federal government.
the national/central government
We need to improve relations with foreign governments.
the British government
a corrupt/powerful/weak government
— often used before another noun
◊ In British English, government is used with both singular and plural verbs.
They have promised to reduce government spending.
a government agency/official/program
government policies and regulations
2 a : a particular system used for controlling a country, state, etc. b : the process or manner of controlling a country, state, etc.