Definition of politics noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpɒlətɪks//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːlətɪks//
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  1. 1  [uncountable + singular or plural verb] the activities involved in getting and using power in public life, and being able to influence decisions that affect a country or a society party politics local politics He’s thinking of going into politics (= trying to become a Member of Parliament, Congress, etc.) a major figure in British politics CollocationsPoliticsPower create/​form/​be the leader of a political party gain/​take/​win/​lose/​regain control of Congress start/​spark/​lead/​be on the brink of a revolution be engaged/​locked in an internal power struggle lead/​form a rival/​breakaway faction seize/​take control of the government/​power bring down/​overthrow/​topple the government/​president/​regime abolish/​overthrow/​restore the monarchy establish/​install a military dictatorship/​a stable government be forced/​removed/​driven from office/​power resign/​step down as party leader/​an MP/​president/​prime minister enter/​retire from/​return to political lifePolitical debate spark/​provoke a heated/​hot/​intense/​lively debate engage in/​participate in/​contribute to (the) political/​public debate (on/​over something) get involved in/​feel excluded from the political process launch/​start/​lead/​spearhead a campaign/​movement join/​be linked with the peace/​anti-war/​feminist/​civil rights movement criticize/​speak out against/​challenge/​support the government lobby/​put pressure on the government (to do something) come under fire/​pressure from opposition partiesPolicy call for/​demand/​propose/​push for/​advocate democratic/​political/​land reform(s) formulate/​implement domestic economic policy change/​influence/​shape/​have an impact on government/​economic/​public policy be consistent with/​be in line with/​go against/​be opposed to government policy reform/​restructure/​modernize the tax system privatize/​improve/​deliver/​make cuts in public services invest (heavily) in/​spend something on schools/​education/​public services/(the) infrastructure nationalize the banks/​the oil industry promise/​propose/​deliver/​give ($80 billion in/​significant/​substantial/​massive) tax cuts a/​the budget is approved/ (especially North American English) passed by parliament/​congressMaking laws have a majority in/​have seats in Parliament/​Congress/​the Senate propose/​sponsor a bill/​legislation/​a resolution introduce/​bring in/​draw up/​draft/​adopt/​pass a bill/​a law/​legislation/​measures amend/​repeal an act/​a law/​legislation veto/​vote against/​oppose a bill/​legislation/​a measure/​a proposal/​a resolution get/​require/​be decided by a majority vote collocations at economy, vote
  2. 2  [uncountable + singular or plural verb] (disapproving) matters concerned with getting or using power within a particular group or organization I don't want to get involved in office politics. the internal politics of the legal profession sexual politics (= concerning relationships of power between the sexes)
  3. 3  [plural] a person’s political views or beliefs His politics are extreme.
  4. 4 [uncountable] = political science a degree in Politics
  5. 5[singular] a system of political beliefs; a state of political affairs A politics of the future has to engage with new ideas.
  6. Wordfindercabinet, checks and balances, constitution, federal, government, minister, the Opposition, parliament, politics, systemExtra examples As a churchman, he was accused of interfering in politics. Consensus politics places a high value on existing political institutions. He abandoned politics and went into business. He argued that it was not practical politics to abolish private schools. He used dirty politics to trash his opponent’s record. His manners were as mild as his politics were extreme. I don’t understand the politics of it all. I have always followed politics closely. In their world politics dominates everything. Let’s not talk politics now. My personal politics are pretty simple. She was active in local politics for many years. The Democrats are simply engaging in partisan politics. The legislation has been driven by populist politics. They took the view that Casper was playing power politics with their jobs at stake. They went into politics in the hope of changing society. multiculturalism and the rise of identity politics reforms that are intended to reshape Italian politics the country’s internal politics the issues which have dominated Irish politics the politics surrounding reproduction and fertility the role politics played in daily life
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