State definition

stāt
To set forth in words; declare.
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Owned and operated by a state.

State universities.

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The territory of a state.
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Any of the territorial and political units that together constitute a federal government, as in the U.S.
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Condition as regards physical structure, constitution, internal form, stage or phase of existence, etc.

Liquid state.

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State is defined as a territory with its own government and borders within a larger country.

An example of a state is California.

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Of or relating to a body politic or to an internally autonomous territorial or political unit constituting a federation under one government.

A monarch dealing with state matters; the department that handles state security.

adjective
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A particular mental or emotional condition.

A state of bliss.

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The power or authority represented by a body of people politically organized under one government, esp. an independent government, within a territory or territories having definite boundaries.
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The condition of a physical system with regard to phase, form, composition, or structure.
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The political organization constituting the basis of civil government.

Church and state.

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Foreign policy.

Secretary of State.

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Of, for, or characteristic of occasions of great ceremony; formal; ceremonial.
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To fix or establish by specifying.

At the stated hour.

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A condition of being in a stage or form, as of structure, growth, or development.

The fetal state.

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A condition; a set of circumstances applying at any given time.
  • (computing) The stable condition of a processor during a particular clock cycle.
    In the fetch state, the address of the next instruction is placed on the address bus.
  • (computing) The set of all parameters relevant to a computation.
    The state here includes a set containing all names seen so far.
  • (computing) The values of all parameters at some point in a computation.
    A debugger can show the state of a program at any breakpoint.
  • (sciences) The physical property of matter as solid, liquid, gas or plasma.

A state of being; a state of emergency.

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To declare to be a fact.

He stated that he was willing to help.

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(obsolete) Stately.

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The supreme public power within a sovereign political entity.

The state intervening in the economy.

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A body politic, especially one constituting a nation.

The states of Eastern Europe.

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One of the more or less internally autonomous territorial and political units composing a federation under a sovereign government.

The 48 contiguous states of the Union.

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The sphere of highest governmental authority and administration.

Matters of state.

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The style of living characteristic of people having high rank and wealth; rich, imposing, ceremonious display.

Drove up in state.

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To set forth in words, esp. in a specific, definite, or formal way.

To state one's objectives.

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To express or present in a nonverbal way.

To state a musical theme in the first three measures.

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(physics) The condition of a physical system with regard to phase, form, composition, or structure.

Ice is the solid state of water.

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Of or controlled, maintained, etc. by the government or a state.
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A condition or mode of being, as with regard to circumstances.
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Ceremony; pomp.

Foreign leaders dining in state at the White House.

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A condition or mode of being, as with regard to circumstances.

The office was in a state of confusion.

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Social position or rank.
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The sphere of supreme civil power within a given polity.

Matters of state.

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A specific kind of government.

The socialist state.

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High rank or position.
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A polity.
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(anthropology) A society larger than a tribe. A society large enough to form a state in the sense of a government.
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To make known.

State your intentions.

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(often with definite article) The current governing polity under which the speaker lives.
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Such a body of people; body politic.
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A condition of being in a stage or form, as of structure, growth, or development.
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The definition of a state is your current status or condition.

An example of state is when you are dirty and sad.

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A mental or emotional condition.

In a manic state.

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(mathematics, stochastic processes) An element of the range of the random variables that define a random process.
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A current governing polity.
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(informal) A condition of excitement or distress.

Was in a state over going to the prom.

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Condition or position in life; social status, rank, or degree.
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A set of circumstances or attributes characterizing a person or thing at a given time; way or form of being; condition.

A state of poverty.

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A mental or emotional condition.
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State means to speak or say something.

An example of state is when you say your name.

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High social standing or circumstance.
  • The President's body will lie in state at the Capitol.
  • Rank; condition; quality.
  • Condition of prosperity or grandeur; wealthy or prosperous circumstances; social importance.
  • A chair with a canopy above it, often standing on a dais; a seat of dignity; also, the canopy itself.
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State University, as the shortened form of any public university name.
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in (or into) a state
  • in (or into) a condition of agitation or excitement
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lie in state
  • to be displayed formally to the public before burial
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the States
  • the United States
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
state
Plural:
states

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

in (<i>or</i> into) a state
lie in state
the States

Origin of state

  • Middle English from Old French estat from Latin status stā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin status (“manner of standing, attitude, position, carriage, manner, dress, apparel; and other senses"), from stare (“to stand").

    From Wiktionary