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state

noun, often attributive \ ˈstāt \
Updated on: 17 Dec 2017

Definition of state

1 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
2 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
3 a : social position; especially : high rank
b (1) : elaborate or luxurious style of living
(2) : formal dignity : pomp usually used with in
4 a : a body of persons constituting a special class in a society : estate 3
b states plural : the members or representatives of the governing classes assembled in a legislative body
c obsolete : a person of high rank (as a noble)
5 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
6 : the operations or concerns of the government of a country
7 a : one of the constituent units of a nation having a federal government
  • the fifty states
b States plural : The United States of America
8 : the territory of a state

Examples of state in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of state

Middle English stat, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French estat, from Latin status, from stare to stand — more at stand


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state

verb

Definition of state

stated; stating
transitive verb
1 : to set by regulation or authority
2 : to express the particulars of especially in words : report; broadly : to express in words

statable

or stateable play \ˈstā-tə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of state in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of state from the Web

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First Known Use of state

1647


STATE Defined for English Language Learners

state

noun

Definition of state for English Language Learners

  • : 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


state

verb

Definition of state for English Language Learners

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

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


STATE Defined for Kids

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state

noun \ ˈstāt \

Definition of state for Students

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 : a body of people living in a certain territory under one government : the government of such a body of people
3 : one of the divisions of a nation having a federal government
  • the United States of America

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state

verb

Definition of state for Students

stated; stating
1 : to express especially in words
  • I'm just stating my opinion.
2 : to set by rule, law, or authority
  • The rules of the contest are stated below.

Medical Dictionary

state

noun \ ˈstāt \

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

Law Dictionary

state

noun, often attributive

legal Definition of state

1 a : a politically organized body of people usually occupying a definite territory; especially : one that is sovereign
b : the political organization that has supreme civil authority and political power and serves as the basis of government — see also compelling state interest at interest 3a, separation of church and state
c : a government or politically organized society having a particular character
  • a police state
2 : the operations or concerns of the government of a country : the sphere of administration and supreme political power of a country (as in international relations)
  • secrets of state
  • affairs of state
3 a : one of the constituent units of a nation having a federal government; specifically : one of the fifty such units comprising the great part of the U.S. — see also state law
b : the territory of a state


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