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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Recent Examples on the Web In 2017, one customer even made an app to track the status of ice cream machines at nearby McDonald’s locations. James Leggate, Fox News, "Kansas McDonald’s customer threatens employee with gun over milkshake dispute," 21 Oct. 2020 It is largely funded by Uber and Lyft, which are also waging an initiative campaign this fall over the employment status of their drivers. Alexei Koseff,, "Big money flows in for pair of Democrats seeking Bay Area state Senate seat," 21 Oct. 2020 In office, Trump has questioned the value of NATO and even the status of countries such as Germany as allies, weakening a transatlantic alliance that Russian and Soviet leaders back to Joseph Stalin have sought to break. Marc Champion, Fortune, "Meet the national leaders who stand to lose from a Biden victory," 20 Oct. 2020 State offficials say vote early and check the status of your ballot. Detroit Free Press, "The Michiganders' guide to voting in the 2020 election," 19 Oct. 2020 At the conference, Mr. Continenza declined to discuss the status of the loan, which the agency involved put on hold soon after announcing it. Rachael Levy, WSJ, "Kodak to Push Forward on Making Drug Ingredients Despite U.S. Loan Troubles," 19 Oct. 2020 Maher's job included regularly reporting the status of the school's compliance with the agreement. Holly Ramer, Star Tribune, "School monitor for sex abuse claims quits, cites retaliation," 19 Oct. 2020 Beginning two weeks after registering, people can track the status of their payment using the Get My Payment tool at Susan Tompor,, "Another chance at stimulus checks: IRS reaching out to those who haven’t received $1,200 payments yet," 19 Oct. 2020 In writing and in public statements, county officials have said that releasing names could be used in conjunction with other information to reveal the health status of individuals. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Surge in COVID-19 outbreaks signals drop in public precautions," 18 Oct. 2020

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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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24 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Status.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce status (audio) How to pronounce status (audio)

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 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?


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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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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