state

1 of 2

noun

often attributive
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 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)
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

state

2 of 2

verb

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 adjective
or stateable

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
Negotiators include a mix of borrowers, consumer and civil rights advocates, state officials, attorneys general, college representatives and student loan company experts. Zachary Schermele, USA TODAY, 23 Feb. 2024 Video shared by Russian state media RIA Novosti showed what appeared to be Karelina with a hat pulled over her eyes being escorted by a security official before being handcuffed and appearing in a courtroom holding cell. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, 22 Feb. 2024 Both states welcome the tremendous revenue boost provided by fans attending games played by 15 teams in each state. Bernie Pleskoff, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 The first-time presidential candidate is polling in the mid- to high single digits in key U.S. states, according to RealClearPolitics. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Feb. 2024 Surgery was successful, but his mental state was forever changed. Gillian Telling, Peoplemag, 22 Feb. 2024 All current available state jobs can be found at calcareers.ca.gov. Maya Miller, Sacramento Bee, 22 Feb. 2024 Public schools deteriorate every year, and state officials aren’t aware of the full problem. Becca Savransky, Idaho Statesman, 22 Feb. 2024 Officers shot Samuel Soto, 53, on the evening of July 26, 2021, after responding to an off-duty officer’s call that Soto was bleeding from the neck and carrying a blade on a Pico-Union street, according to a state Department of Justice report released Friday. Noah Goldberg, Los Angeles Times, 10 Feb. 2024
Verb
Police interviewed several people at the scene, with one witness stating that five men shared the sober living home and that the victim had been arguing with Lanunziata before the shooting. Marcus Reichley, The Arizona Republic, 23 Feb. 2024 An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated House Speaker Paul Renner’s hometown. Lawrence Mower, Miami Herald, 23 Feb. 2024 The county stated the water from the broken line likely contacted material on the outside of the buckets/drums and on the floor, resulting in the discharge. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, 23 Feb. 2024 The agency also stated that rain could turn into snow and light accumulations are possible. The Courier-Journal, 23 Feb. 2024 This pension plan change helped IBM’s bottom line and management clearly stated such during their January earnings call. Carrie McCabe, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 Alexei Navalny, the most prominent critic of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, died in an Artic penal colony, the Russian prison service stated. Mike Freeman, USA TODAY, 23 Feb. 2024 In November, Biles stated on her Instagram Story that a 30-minute trip to the house ended up being six hours. Escher Walcott, Peoplemag, 11 Feb. 2024 In more simple terms, Simply Psychology states that transformational leaders begin by identifying individual strengths and weaknesses of their team members, and then, guiding team members towards a common goal in which all play an active part. Rachel Wells, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“State.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/state. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

state

1 of 3 noun
1
a
: manner or condition of being
a state of readiness
b
: condition of mind or disposition
in a highly nervous state
2
a
: a condition or stage of the physical makeup of something
water in the gaseous state
b
: a stage in the growth or development of a plant or animal
the larval state
3
a
: a politically organized body of people usually occupying a definite territory
b
: the political organization of such a body of people
4
: one of the units of a nation having a federal government
the United States of America
5
: the territory of a state
stateless
-ləs
adjective

state

2 of 3 adjective
1
: suitable or used for ceremonies or official occasions
state robes
2
: of or relating to a national state or to one state of a federal government
a state church
a state legislature
3
: of or relating to the government : governmental
state secrets

state

3 of 3 verb
stated; stating
1
: to set by regulation or authority
the law stated times for inspection
2
: to express in words
state an opinion

Medical Definition

state

noun
: 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

Legal Definition

state

noun
often attributive
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 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
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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