The act or process of governing, especially the control and administration of public policy in a political unit. The office, function, or authority of a governing individual or body. Exercise of authority in a political unit; rule. The agency or apparatus through which a governing individual or body functions and exercises authority. A governing body or organization, as: The ruling political party or coalition of political parties in a parliamentary system. The cabinet in a parliamentary system. The persons who make up a governing body. A system or policy by which a political unit is governed. Administration or management of an organization, business, or institution. Political science. Grammar The influence of a word over the morphological inflection of another word in a phrase or sentence.