noun, often attributive \ˈstāt\

: a way of living or existing

: the overall physical condition of something : the ability of something to be used, enjoyed, etc.

: the things that affect the way you think or feel : your physical or mental condition

Full Definition of STATE

a :  mode or condition of being <a state of readiness>
b (1) :  condition of mind or temperament <in a highly nervous state>
(2) :  a condition of abnormal tension or excitement
a :  a condition or stage in the physical being of something <insects in the larval state> <the gaseous state of water>
b :  any of various conditions characterized by definite quantities (as of energy, angular momentum, or magnetic moment) in which an atomic system may exist
a :  social position; especially :  high rank
b (1) :  elaborate or luxurious style of living
(2) :  formal dignity :  pomp —usually used with in
a :  a body of persons constituting a special class in a society :  estate 3
b plural :  the members or representatives of the governing classes assembled in a legislative body
c obsolete :  a person of high rank (as a noble)
a :  a politically organized body of people usually occupying a definite territory; especially :  one that is sovereign
b :  the political organization of such a body of people
c :  a government or politically organized society having a particular character <a police state> <the welfare state>
:  the operations or concerns of the government of a country
a :  one of the constituent units of a nation having a federal government <the fifty states>
b plural capitalized :  The United States of America
:  the territory of a state

Examples of STATE

  1. Happiness is the state or condition of being happy.
  2. We must keep our armed forces in a constant state of readiness.
  3. She meditates to achieve a higher state of being.
  4. The building is in such a sorry state that it's hardly worth fixing.
  5. water in a gaseous state
  6. the solid and liquid states
  7. the member states of the United Nations Security Council

Origin of STATE

Middle English stat, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French estat, from Latin status, from stare to stand — more at stand
First Known Use: 13th century


transitive verb

: to express (something) formally in speech or writing

: to give (specific information, instructions, rules, etc.) in writing


Full Definition of STATE

:  to set by regulation or authority
:  to express the particulars of especially in words :  report; broadly :  to express in words
stat·able or state·able \ˈstā-tə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of STATE

  1. The lawyer will state the facts of the case.
  2. He stated his name in full.
  3. I was merely stating an opinion.
  4. This is a difficult situation, he stated simply.
  5. Please state the purpose of your visit.
  6. I'd like to state for the record that I disagree with the board's decision.
  7. For the reasons stated above, I hereby withdraw from the competition.
  8. The rules clearly state that you can only draw one card.

First Known Use of STATE



noun \ˈstāt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of STATE

:  mode or condition of being: as a :  condition of mind or temperament <a manic state> b :  a condition or stage in the physical being of something <the gaseous state of water>
May 28, 2015
fictioneer Hear it
someone who writes fiction
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