1. the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something; "he claims that the present administration is corrupt"; "the governance of an association is responsible to its members"; "he quickly became recognized as a member of the establishment"
(synonym) administration, governing body, establishment, brass, organization, organisation
(part-holonym) government, authorities, regime
(member-meronym) advisory board, planning board
(part-meronym) hierarchy, power structure, pecking order
2. the act of governing; exercising authority; "regulations for the governing of state prisons"; "he had considerable experience of government"
(synonym) government, governing, government activity
(hypernym) social control
(hyponym) misgovernment, misrule
(derivation) govern, rule
(class) progressive, reformist, reform-minded