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state

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noun \ˈstāt\

Simple Definition of state

  • : 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

  1. 1a :  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

  2. 2a :  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

  3. 3a :  social position; especially :  high rankb (1) :  elaborate or luxurious style of living (2) :  formal dignity :  pomp —usually used with in

  4. 4a :  a body of persons constituting a special class in a society :  estate 3b plural :  the members or representatives of the governing classes assembled in a legislative bodyc obsolete :  a person of high rank (as a noble)

  5. 5a :  a politically organized body of people usually occupying a definite territory; especially :  one that is sovereignb :  the political organization of such a body of peoplec :  a government or politically organized society having a particular character <a police state> <the welfare state>

  6. 6 :  the operations or concerns of the government of a country

  7. 7a :  one of the constituent units of a nation having a federal government <the fifty states>b plural capitalized :  The United States of America

  8. 8 :  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


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state

transitive verb

Simple Definition of state

  • : to express (something) formally in speech or writing

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

Full Definition of state

stat·edstat·ing

  1. 1 :  to set by regulation or authority

  2. 2 :  to express the particulars of especially in words :  report; broadly :  to express in words

stat·able or state·able play \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.



1579

First Known Use of state

1579



STATE Defined for Kids

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state

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noun \ˈstāt\

Definition of state

  1. 1 :  manner or condition of being <Steam is water in the gaseous state.> <… the health inspector was rather picky about the state of the cafeteria … — Pam Zollman, Don't Bug Me!>

  2. 2 :  a body of people living in a certain territory under one government :  the government of such a body of people

  3. 3 :  one of the divisions of a nation having a federal government <the United States of America>




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state

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Definition of state

stat·edstat·ing

  1. 1 :  to express especially in words <I'm just stating my opinion.>

  2. 2 :  to set by rule, law, or authority <The rules of the contest are stated below.>




Medical Dictionary

state

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noun \ˈstāt\

Medical Definition of state

  1. :  mode or condition of being: asa:  condition of mind or temperament <a manic state>b:  a condition or stage in the physical being of something <the gaseous state of water>





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