status

noun

sta·​tus ˈstā-təs How to pronounce status (audio) ˈsta- How to pronounce status (audio)
plural statuses
often attributive
1
a
: 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web While Chomsky’s health status has yet to be confirmed, the speculation about his deterioration has been met with both praise for and condemnation of him. Chad De Guzman, TIME, 10 June 2024 The highest level, Diamond status, requires 26,000 status points, valued at about 10,400 euros. Eric Rosen, Travel + Leisure, 8 June 2024 But soon after its publication, 1984’s best-seller status became clear. Anne Wallentine, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 June 2024 Notable non-doms Non-dom status dates back to 1799, when it was introduced to protect colonial investments. Eli Joseph, Fortune Europe, 6 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for status 

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Word History

Etymology

Latin — more at state

First Known Use

1767, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of status was in 1767

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Cite this Entry

“Status.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/status. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

status

noun
sta·​tus ˈstāt-əs How to pronounce status (audio) ˈstat- How to pronounce status (audio)
1
: position or rank in relation to others : standing
2
: state or condition with respect to circumstances : situation

Medical Definition

status

noun
sta·​tus ˈstāt-əs How to pronounce status (audio) ˈstat- How to pronounce status (audio)
plural statuses
: a particular state or condition
a patient's neurological status

Legal Definition

status

noun
sta·​tus ˈstā-təs, ˈsta- How to pronounce status (audio)
1
a
: 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
Etymology

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

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