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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A week after the storm hit, FEMA and its partners didn't have any information on the status of nearly half of the 52 waste water treatment plants on the island and more than half of the 69 hospitals, the report states. Arelis R. Hernandez And Joel Achenbach,, "Failure of imagination hindered federal response to hurricanes that devastated Puerto Rico," 14 July 2018 His mother later did research on the legal status of women in the Middle Ages. WSJ, "Arvid Carlsson, Snubbed at University in Sweden, Found a Path to Nobel Prize in Medicine," 13 July 2018 This innocent dabbling could be why Jenner, Jaden and Willow’s did not respond to Refinery29’s request for comment on the current status of their secret society., "Kylie Jenner, Crystals & Cults: Inside The Mysterious Orgonite Society," 13 July 2018 Read more: The church kept the public updated throughout the week with regular posts on the status of its teams in Haiti. Hasan Dudar, Detroit Free Press, "Troy church members stranded in Haiti return home," 12 July 2018 While lots of high schoolers are worried about social status, classmate Joe Kerrigan said, Deven never did. Jane Wester, charlotteobserver, "'He was showing us how to live:' Hundreds gather for funeral of Providence Day student," 3 July 2018 The soon-to-be-senior-status Justice Anthony Kennedy. Jay Willis, GQ, "The Trump Administration Is Hell-Bent on Ending Affirmative Action," 3 July 2018 The application for historical status is scheduled to be reviewed by the California Historical Resources Commission on Aug. 3. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Garden advocate wants Ramona Street completion off priority list," 11 July 2018 But, to the apparent chagrin of President Trump, there are special protections for some groups, including asylum-seekers, to give them a chance to prove they’re eligible for legal status in the US. Dara Lind, Vox, "A new study blows up Trump’s “catch-and-release” myth," 11 July 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

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

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Phrases Related to status

marital status

status symbol

the status quo

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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


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?


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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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

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