status

noun, often attributive
sta·​tus | \ ˈstā-təs How to pronounce status (audio) , ˈsta- How to pronounce status (audio) \
plural statuses

Definition of status

1a : position or rank in relation to others the status of a father
b : relative rank in a hierarchy of prestige especially : high prestige
2 : the condition of a person or thing in the eyes of the law
3 : state or condition with respect to circumstances the status of the negotiations

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Examples of status in a Sentence

They want to maintain the city's status as a major tourist attraction. He wants to improve his status in the community. people of different social and economic statuses She married a man of status and wealth. This job brings with it a measure of status. They sought asylum and were given refugee status by the government. They are still considered refugees. Their statuses have not changed.
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After news broke that Khloé Kardashian's partner, Tristan Thompson, was seen engaging in PDA with Jordyn Woods during a February party, the status of Jordyn's friendship with bestie, Kylie Jenner has remained unclear. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Jordyn Woods's Mom Elizabeth Woods Commented on Kylie Jenner's Instagram," 3 Apr. 2019 The status of Thomas’ hip will remain a question until there is a clear answer, but this could be a good basketball fit if his body holds up. Sam Amick, USA TODAY, "Isaiah Thomas has no choice but to be a sixth man after joining Nuggets on one-year deal," 13 July 2018 There is another factor, only rarely hinted at: the hallowed status in China of Mr Xi himself. The Economist, "In its trade war with America, China dials down the hype," 12 July 2018 Not everyone in the study wants to hear her status, Hristov said. Paula Spencer Scott, Woman's Day, "I Participated in a Clinical Study to See if I Had Dementia — Here's What I Learned," 26 Mar. 2019 That measure bolsters border security and grants legal status to many DACA recipients. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Paul Ryan scrambles to calm GOP insurrection over immigration," 2 Oct. 2018 Typhoon Kong-rey is already strengthening in the Pacific Ocean—and may even reach super typhoon status with 150 mph winds. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Typhoon Trami Will Affect Your Travel," 1 Oct. 2018 The jets are scheduled to debut in 2023 and reach full production status in 2034. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Boeing Wins $9 Billion Contract To Build the Air Force's Next Trainer Plane," 28 Sep. 2018 Few clothing items are as entwined with the evolution of fashion and the cultural status of women as the bra. Vogue, "The True History of the Ultimate Wardrobe Essential—Your Bra," 11 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of status

1767, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for status

Latin — more at state

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The first known use of status was in 1767

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status

noun

English Language Learners Definition of status

: the position or rank of someone or something when compared to others in a society, organization, group, etc.
: high position or rank in society
: the official position of a person or thing according to the law

status

noun
sta·​tus | \ ˈstā-təs How to pronounce status (audio) , ˈsta-\

Kids Definition of status

1 : position or rank of a person or thing I lost my status as an amateur.
2 : state of affairs : situation What is the patient's medical status?

status

noun
sta·​tus | \ ˈstāt-əs How to pronounce status (audio) , ˈstat- How to pronounce status (audio) \
plural statuses

Medical Definition of status

: a particular state or condition a patient's neurological status

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status

noun
sta·​tus | \ ˈstā-təs, ˈsta- How to pronounce status (audio) \

Legal Definition of status

1a : the condition of a person or a thing in the eyes of the law
b : position or rank in relation to others
2 : the current state of affairs

History and Etymology for status

Latin, mode or condition of being, from stare to stand

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