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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun DeSantis declared a statewide emergency, and mobilized 5,000 Florida state national guard troops, with another 2,000 on standby in neighboring states. Cristiana Mesquita And Curt Anderson, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Sep. 2022 Visit Florida, the state’s official tourism marketing corporation, has set up an emergency module through Expedia for people looking to find accommodations. Jacob Passy, WSJ, 27 Sep. 2022 The Los Angeles City Council, the state legislature and the governor’s office announced plans to help residents cope with rising temperatures. Los Angeles Times, 27 Sep. 2022 In a procedural move at last week’s meeting, the council voted to pass a resolution to the state legislature to ask for a local law that would permit an array of misdemeanor charges to be made through citations -- or tickets -- rather than arrests. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, 26 Sep. 2022 In Kentucky, the state legislature approved limitations on no-knock warrants after police in 2020 killed 26-year-old Breonna Taylor in her own apartment. Jenn Abelson, Washington Post, 26 Sep. 2022 The newest Ohio Associated Press state high school football poll was released Monday afternoon with few changes from a Greater Cincinnati perspective. Shelby Dermer, The Enquirer, 26 Sep. 2022 Tom Reed is Schwantes' supervisor and heads the Milwaukee office of the state public defender. Bruce Vielmetti, Journal Sentinel, 26 Sep. 2022 Meanwhile, clean energy advocates and trade groups have warned that inaction risks stunting the state’s solar industry. Drew Kann, ajc, 26 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The documents additionally state that if Cleo needs to come by the family's Pacific Coast Highway home for any of her belongings, police officers need to be present. Howard Breuer, Peoplemag, 22 Sep. 2022 Each sprinkler will state the suitable hose size needed to operate, but the typical size used for tasks requiring high water pressure (such as water sprinklers) is ⅝ inches. Kat De Naoum, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Sep. 2022 Condominium declarations state that unit owners cannot modify limited common elements without board approval. Howard Dakoff, Chicago Tribune, 18 Sep. 2022 The protocols also state that firearms are to be treated as though they are loaded at all times. Winston Cho, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Sep. 2022 Because of the importance of these disclosure packets, management company contracts should state that the manager helps with not only the budget but also to assemble the complete Annual Budget Report and Annual Policy Statement packets. Kelly G. Richardson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Sep. 2022 The documents also state that because of Ruiz, a multi-million-dollar sale of Flow’s estate has stalled, and led to losses for other entities and the urbano artist Casper Magico. Julyssa Lopez, Rolling Stone, 9 Sep. 2022 In Alabama, voters must state a reason to vote absentee. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, 6 Sep. 2022 The bids state the project will need to be funded by a bond, if the board moves forward. Connor Sanders, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Aug. 2022 See More

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

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state

state's attorney

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29 Sep 2022

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More Definitions for state

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

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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