status

noun, often attributive sta·tus \ ˈstā-təs , ˈsta- \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of status

plural statuses
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

  1. They want to maintain the city's status as a major tourist attraction.

  2. He wants to improve his status in the community.

  3. people of different social and economic statuses

  4. She married a man of status and wealth.

  5. This job brings with it a measure of status.

  6. They sought asylum and were given refugee status by the government.

  7. They are still considered refugees. Their statuses have not changed.

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Origin and Etymology of status

Latin — more at state

status Synonyms



STATUS Defined for English Language Learners

status

noun

Definition of status for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

status

noun sta·tus \ ˈstā-təs , ˈsta- \

Definition of status for Students

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?

Medical Dictionary

status

noun sta·tus \ ˈstāt-əs , ˈstat- \

medical Definition of status

plural statuses
: a particular state or condition
  • a patient's neurological status

Law Dictionary

status

noun sta·tus \ ˈstā-təs, ˈsta- \

legal Definition of status

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

Origin and Etymology of status

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



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