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 state (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 The coronavirus pandemic wiped out the fall season in his home state of Virginia. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State football’s TreVeyon Henderson flashing talent, establishing work ethic this spring," 12 Apr. 2021 Smart, who graduated from Oregon High School outside of Madison in 1995, has recent recruiting success in his home state. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Marquette's Shaka Smart already making local hoops talent a priority," 12 Apr. 2021 This is fueled by human involvement, creativity and motivation — things that seem lacking in our current state of affairs. Keith Jones, Forbes, "The Audio Doesn't Match The Video: Handling Chaos As A Leader," 12 Apr. 2021 Milo’s recently took the top spot in AL.com’s Alabama fast-food bracket, besting seven other restaurants founded in our state: Checkers, Foosackly’s, Guthrie’s, Hamburger Heaven, Jack’s, Sneaky Pete’s and Taco Casa. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "Milo’s offers 75-cent burgers to celebrate 75th anniversary," 12 Apr. 2021 Seeds require a certain temperature and moisture to transition out of their dormant state. Lindsay Campbell, Smithsonian Magazine, "How to Germinate Seeds for Your Garden Using an Instant Pot," 12 Apr. 2021 The most important thing about the future of our state isn’t money. Scott Burns, Dallas News, "Beyond whirled peas: Let’s save our kids’ futures by helping their teachers," 11 Apr. 2021 What is driving the spike in infections in your state? CBS News, "Transcript: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on "Face the Nation," April 11, 2021," 11 Apr. 2021 Maddox is leaving the top post after four years to return to his home state of Alabama. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Longtime hotel worker union chief rises to region’s top labor post," 11 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That assessment led to a psychiatrist’s recommendation that the girl be committed overnight to a psychiatric hospital, and when the parents refused to admit her, they were reported to state protective services for child neglect. The Courier-Journal, "Courier Journal project on JCPS' use of psychiatric evaluations on kids receives honor," 13 Apr. 2021 That thesis is not without evidence, but Mr. Boehner does little more than state it in several different ways. Barton Swaim, WSJ, "‘On the House’ Review: John Boehner Remembers," 12 Apr. 2021 Unfortunately, recent incidents have forced international retailers and brands to re-assess, re-calibrate, and re-state their positions of social responsibility. Rick Helfenbein, Forbes, "When China Rings The Bell In Xinjiang - Retail Crumbles," 12 Apr. 2021 The next time you are asked to watch your boyfriend’s daughter, decline and clearly state the reason why. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, "Dear Abby: Man’s depression deepens when he sees his ex on social media with new boyfriend," 10 Apr. 2021 Reforms are needed to state taxes and fees to fix a system that has left Germany with Europe’s highest retail electricity prices and at risk of grid blackouts, the as-yet unpublished report said. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "Yellen’s (Proposed) Tax Cartel," 7 Apr. 2021 Records state the girl's boyfriend owed money to Summerson, who demanded $5,000 for her return. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, "FBI: Truckers accused of kidnapping may have victims in Indiana," 7 Apr. 2021 This year, eight teams advanced to state instead of the usual 16 because of COVID-19. Matt Nevala, Anchorage Daily News, "Lumen Christi dominates to force a running clock and leave no doubt who’s No. 1 in Class 1A boys basketball," 4 Apr. 2021 Tribal spearing permits must be obtained for each outing and state the number of walleyes allowed for harvest. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin tribes begin walleye spearing as state officials warn about harassment," 3 Apr. 2021

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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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Time Traveler for state

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The first known use of state was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

14 Apr 2021

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“State.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/state. Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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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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