state

noun, often attributive
\ ˈstāt How to pronounce state (audio) \

Definition of state

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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
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
3a : social position especially : high rank
b(1) : elaborate or luxurious style of living
(2) : formal dignity : pomp usually used with in
4a : a body of persons constituting a special class in a society : estate sense 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)
5a : 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
7a : 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

state

verb
stated; stating

Definition of state (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to set by regulation or authority
2 : to express the particulars of especially in words : report broadly : to express in words

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Other Words from state

Verb

statable or stateable \ ˈstā-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce stateable (audio) \ adjective

Examples of state in a Sentence

Noun

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

Verb

The lawyer will state the facts of the case. He stated his name in full. I was merely stating an opinion. “This is a difficult situation,” he stated simply. Please state the purpose of your visit. I'd like to state for the record that I disagree with the board's decision. For the reasons stated above, I hereby withdraw from the competition. The rules clearly state that you can only draw one card.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Lucas had confessed to committing 600 murders in more than 20 states in the 1980s, but was only sentenced to death for the Orange Socks slaying. Fox News, "New sketch released of 'Orange Socks' cold case victim in Texas," 1 July 2019 Today, the Bravo couple will cement their union in holy matrimony in Brittany's home state of Kentucky at The Kentucky Castle in Versailles, KT. refinery29.com, "Here's How Much Jax Taylor & Brittany Cartwright Are Worth," 30 June 2019 For Tan, the branches of government, as well as the government and the people, are in a constant state of tug-of-war. Madeline Mcgee, Anchorage Daily News, "Dunleavy vetoes $335,000 from Alaska judiciary budget over court’s abortion decisions," 30 June 2019 Still, the end of the out-of-state transfers marks an important moment. John Myers, latimes.com, "California ends its long, costly shift of prisoners to other states," 30 June 2019 And polling conducted earlier this year for the Center for American Progress found that climate change ranks as the top issue alongside health care in early voting states. Justin Worland, Time, "The Debates Showed America Still Doesn't Know How to Talk About Climate Change," 29 June 2019 Its basin is in 10 states -- Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. Susan Scutti, CNN, "With any Midwestern rainfall this summer, the Missouri River could flood the lower basin region," 28 June 2019 Following the passage of Texas House Bill 3, a bill promising adjustments to both school finance and property taxes across the state, Cy-Fair ISD has adopted a budget for the 2019-2020 school year that includes raises for teachers. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "Cy-Fair ISD new budget includes teacher raises, lower proposed tax rate," 28 June 2019 As in other states, West Virginia's lawmakers designed the free tuition program to give their local economy a boost. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "In West Virginia, free college -- after students pass a drug test," 28 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The bill is an amendment to New York's Human Rights Law and Dignity for All Students Act, which states that racial discrimination extends to traits that are historically associated with race, such as hair texture and protective styles. Audrey Noble, Vogue, "New York State Follows California in Banning Hair Discrimination," 15 July 2019 The website also states MSDF's current inmate count is 1,040, but the facility was designed to hold about 400 people. Marisa Peryer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "#CLOSEmsdf campaign leaders hold panel, march to advocate for corrections facility closure," 14 July 2019 The research also states that VOCs can come from other chemicals used in flame retardants and plastics, and that our body heat actually increases the amount of VOCs that come out of our mattresses. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "How Concerned Should You Be About Mattress Toxins?," 11 July 2019 The council's hot dog etiquette states that ketchup should not be used on a hot dog for anyone over the age of 18. Sue Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Detroiters ate an awful lot of hot dogs last year. Here are the numbers," 2 July 2019 As for the refund, the company states that all customers will be receiving an email from the brand confirming the refund amount and should see the payment back in their accounts within seven days. Thatiana Diaz, refinery29.com, "Jaclyn Hill Is Giving Every Person Who Bought Her Lipstick A Refund," 25 June 2019 Illinois state representatives are set to host a roundtable next month in Chicago with staff representing other Great Lakes states to discuss project costs, now estimated at nearly $831 million. Tony Briscoe, chicagotribune.com, "The Great Lakes could be on the ‘edge of an invasion’ by a little-discussed species of Asian carp," 21 June 2019 And people living in vast swaths of middle America states like Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas would have had to trek at least 180 miles to the nearest clinic, according to the report. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What to Consider If You Have to Travel for an Abortion," 21 June 2019 The master plan reportedly states the church would be used as a place to sit and possibly hold seminars. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Chip and Joanna’s $10.4 Million Magnolia Market Expansion Includes Relocating a Historic Church," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of state

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for state

Noun

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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of state

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of state (Entry 2 of 2)

: to express (something) formally in speech or writing
: to give (specific information, instructions, rules, etc.) in writing

state

noun
\ ˈstāt How to pronounce state (audio) \

Kids Definition of state

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

state

verb
stated; stating

Kids Definition of state (Entry 2 of 2)

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.

state

noun
\ ˈstāt How to pronounce state (audio) \

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

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state

noun, often attributive

Legal Definition of state

1a : 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 sense 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
3a : 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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