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Government departments and public bodies

administration

noun

the activity of governing a country or region

agency

noun

a government department, or an organization connected with a government, that deals with a particular subject

branch

noun

a part of the government with a particular responsibility. The three branches of government are the legislative branch (=the parliament that makes laws), the executive branch (=the president or ministers who govern according to those laws), and the judicial branch (=the judges and courts who make certain that the laws are used correctly).

bureau

noun

a government department or part of a government department

central government

noun

the government of a whole country

the civil service

noun

a country’s government departments and the people who work in them

Corp.

abbreviation

corporation

corporation

noun

the local government of a city

council

noun

an organization that provides local government in a city, county etc

council

noun

belonging to or relating to a council

customs

noun

a government department that collects taxes on goods that people bring into a country

the Diplomatic Service

the government department that includes all the diplomats and other people working in embassies in foreign countries

directorate

noun

a part of a government department that deals with a particular area of activity

the Exchequer

noun

the Treasury

the executive

noun

the part of government that makes certain that laws are being used as planned. The other two parts of government are the legislature and the judiciary.

high commission

noun

the office that the government of one Commonwealth country has in another Commonwealth country, similar to an embassy

intelligence

noun

a government organization that collects information about the secret plans and activities of a foreign government, enemy etc

the Interior

noun

the government department that is responsible for things that happen within a country, not for relations between that country and others

the judiciary

noun

the part of government that consists of all the judges and courts in a country. The other two parts of government are the executive and the legislature.

legation

noun

an office in a foreign country where representatives of your own government work or live. It is less important than an embassy.

local authority

noun

in the UK, the organization in a particular area or city that is responsible for providing public services

local government

noun

the organizations that provide public services in a particular town or area, controlled by officials chosen in local elections

ministry

noun

a government department in the UK and some other countries, or the building from which it operates

municipality

noun

the local government of a place

national assembly

noun

in some countries, an elected institution that has the power to rule

NDPB

noun

non-departmental public body: an organization that advises the government on particular policy areas or that provides a public service, but is not a government department

NGO

noun

non-governmental organization: an organization which is neither a government department, nor a business operating for profit. NGOs are often paid for by the government and may work with government departments, but they are independent of the government.

office

noun

a government department

officialdom

noun

government departments, or the people who work in them. This word usually shows that you dislike these people, because you think they are not helpful.

Parliament

noun

the main law-making institution in some countries. In the UK, Parliament consists of politicians elected to the House of Commons and members of the House of Lords

press office

noun

a department of a government or other organization that is responsible for dealing with journalists

public body

noun

an organization whose work is part of the process of government, but is not a government department

secretariat

noun

a government department

secret service

noun

a government department that secret agents work for

security service

noun

a government organization that deals with a country’s security

service

noun

an organization that does work for a government

the Treasury

noun

the government department responsible for a country’s financial matters

Open Dictionary

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Employed but with No Disposable Income or Savings: people who are in work but only earn just enough to live on

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