status

noun, often attributive
sta·​tus | \ ˈstā-təs , ˈsta- \
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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Lombardi’s has long touted its historic status, saying the restaurant essentially gave rise to a new category of dining in America when it was established by its namesake, Italian immigrant Gennaro Lombardi, in 1905. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Historian Challenges Lombardi’s Pizza Primacy," 15 Feb. 2019 One candidate, however, is less political, and more spiritual: Marianne Williamson, author, activist, self-help guru, and Friend Of Oprah—a tier of status, not a person—has announced her candidacy for President, as a Democrat. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Who Is Marianne Williamson, 2020 Presidential Candidate and Also Oprah's Spiritual Advisor?," 8 Feb. 2019 Only 15 talented people have achieved EGOT status, including Rita Moreno, Audrey Hepburn, Whoopi Goldberg, and, most recently, John Legend. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Is How Close Lady Gaga Is to EGOT Status," 22 Jan. 2019 And experts say taking a cold hard look at your finances can lead to feelings of guilt or shame about your spending habits, financial decisions, employment status, and more—so some people avoid doing so at all. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "The Only Money Hacks You Need to Save Big in 2019," 14 Jan. 2019 The current status of its kinship-care assistance program: Broke. Marcus Harrison Green, The Seattle Times, "Grandparents raising grandkids say they need more help from Washington state," 28 Dec. 2018 And fair bit of data was exposed, including names, emails, birth dates, relationships statuses, places lived, job information, and more. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Google+ Completely Implodes Under Privacy Breach," 8 Oct. 2018 Three elementary schools were kept on alert status for hours, with students and teachers told to stay in their school buildings as police continued a search for the suspects. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "Suspects in killing of Baltimore County police officer arrested, eyed in burglaries in area," 2 Oct. 2018 Genetics, health status, and activity level all play a big role in finding happy averages for you, Davis says. Colleen Stinchcombe, Redbook, "What Are Macros, Exactly?," 27 Aug. 2018

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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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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 , 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 , ˈstat- \
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- \

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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