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 Montgomery, a can't-miss basketball prospect turned potential first-round pick in next month's MLB draft is looking to reach his third-straight state championship game. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, 12 June 2021 Charlie Cobb, who led Brophy Prep to the boys state soccer title, has been named the Arizona Player of the Year by Gatorade. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 12 June 2021 Not all of the staff reductions will be replenished moving forward, which will help athletics return to a 2019 fiscal state prior to COVID-19 with a profit of $5 million or more, Tyra said. Shannon Russell, The Courier-Journal, 12 June 2021 The junior forward was named to the Best 11 of the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association all-state team for the alternate fall season. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 June 2021 Carfagna also noted that a state law permitted under a separate part of the Ohio Constitution automatically disqualifies anyone from holding a legislative seat who has been convicted of a felony. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, 11 June 2021 Powell wrestles and was a qualifier for the state wrestling meet as a sophomore and a junior. Richard Davenport, Arkansas Online, 11 June 2021 The initial investigation prompted a deeper dive into state motor vehicle agencies nationwide, with the team finding that those agencies were buried under paperwork and unable to keep track some of their most troubled drivers. BostonGlobe.com, 11 June 2021 Thirty-nine women are vying for the state title, along with scholarship money and the chance to move on to the Miss America pageant. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, 11 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The area that was put under the notice went from Kelton Road in Emerald Hills east to 69th Street in Encanto, and from Brooklyn Avenue north to state Route 94. Greg Moran, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 June 2021 The good news is this deal isn’t limited to just Prime members, but the bad news is that Amazon’s terms and conditions vaguely state that only qualifying customers can get in on the action. Maren Estrada, BGR, 11 June 2021 To add an air of legitimacy to their treatments, Turner said clinics may also state that their products come from FDA regulated facilities or are somehow regulated. AZCentral.com, 11 June 2021 Moreover, in another two weeks, Florida is expected to join other states that have ended their participation in a federal supplemental unemployment benefit program that added $300 weekly to state jobless benefits. David Lyons, sun-sentinel.com, 10 June 2021 Finally, agree to the Birdwatch transparency rules, which state that all of your contributions will be public, even if your account is protected. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 10 June 2021 After a lengthy rule-making process, on May 7 an administrative law judge ruled that the process by which Clean Cars Minnesota was developed conformed to state law and could proceed, removing the final regulatory hurdle to adoption. Alexis Blomqvist, Star Tribune, 9 June 2021 Ogbogu led Coppell to state titles in 2011 and 2012 and was named the Gatorade Texas Volleyball Player of the Year in 2012. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, 7 June 2021 Gethers gets to state: Merrillville won the regional team title with 86 points, well ahead of runner-up Lake Central’s 56. Dave Melton, chicagotribune.com, 28 May 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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13 Jun 2021

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“State.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/state. Accessed 15 Jun. 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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