government-n; 7 Senses

Sense Number 1: the people who are the administrative agents

Commentary: GOVERNMENT[+entity][+group][+person][+administrator][+political]
NOTE: refers to the people who administrate, not the system of rules (Sense 2)

The new liberal government is likely to advocate raising taxes.
The government has not yet decided whether to recognize that nation.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: political system of enforceable rules

Commentary: GOVERNMENT[+system][+rule][+political][+enforceable] The system of rules by which a community is governed, not the people who administrate (Sense 1)

A stable economic situation is necessary for the existence of democratic governments.
It was a tyrannical government in which the citizens had no property rights and no voting rights.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 3: the act of governing, administrating

Commentary: GOVERNMENT[+event][+activity][+regulatory][+political] The act of exercising authority, administrating
NOTE: X's government of Y -> X governs Y (nominalization

That nation's government of its outlying territories is becoming more difficult over time.
He will assume the government of the infirmary for at least six months.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 4: the study of political rules and systems

Commentary: GOVERNMENT[+entity][+symbolic][+domain][+knowledge][+political_rule] The study of government and other political units

The curriculum includes courses in economics, government and history.
He is a professor of government at the university.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 5: federal financial bonds

Commentary: GOVERNMENT[+entity][+artifact][+financial][+debt][+bond][+federal]
NOTE: often occurs in the plural

John bought municipals and governments as part of his financial portfolio.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 1e

Sense Number 6: linguistic relation of subordination of one constituent to another

Commentary: GOVERNMENT[+relation][+linguistic][+control][+constituent]

Noam Chomsky has advocated a theory of government and binding between linguistic constituents.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 7: shishkebob of Sense 1 and Sense 2

Commentary: Choose this sense, if you think both Sense 1 and Sense 2 could apply.

Government forces may intervene in this situation. (Could be people, agents, and/or rules regulations)
This government agency is under investigation. (could be the people, and/or the rules and policies of it.)

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2