status

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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To maintain status and increase one’s position in the gang, members were expected to carry out violence on behalf of the enterprise,'' the indictment says. oregonlive, "Alleged gang member accused of ‘murder in aid of racketeering’ stemming from 2015 Portland killing," 13 Sep. 2019 Housing, immigration status and the means to leave are all examples of how vulnerable communities are more heavily impacted by extreme weather events that are becoming more frequent and more severe as a result of climate change. Phil Mckenna, sun-sentinel.com, "A shantytown’s warning about climate change and poverty from hurricane-ravaged Bahamas," 11 Sep. 2019 Giving employee status and benefits to workers in California would cost Uber and Lyft an additional $2,000 to $3,600 per driver annually, according to research from Barclays Plc and Macquarie Capital. Josh Eidelson, Fortune, "New Labor Law Passed by California Senate Would Transform the Gig Economy—And Could Cost Uber $500 Million a Year," 11 Sep. 2019 On the path Since last year, Figueroa-Figueroa had been on a path to legitimizing her immigration status and right to work. Lateshia Beachum, Washington Post, "She volunteered her time to help immigrant families. Now ICE plans to deport her.," 9 Sep. 2019 Danica intuits her virginal status and imprisons her in preparation for the upcoming impregnation ritual. Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Satanic Panic': Film Review," 6 Sep. 2019 Lower Dens' fourth LP The Competition melds unsparing assessments of capitalism and its dog-eat-dog struggle for status and stuff, reflections on relationships gone wrong, radical empathy and lush, sparkling, orchestral synth-pop. John Norris, Billboard, "Why Lower Dens' Jana Hunter Is Both 'Terrified' and 'More Comfortable' Since Transitioning," 5 Sep. 2019 Alaska, meanwhile, lets elites with MVP Gold status and higher off the hook. Eric Rosen, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Avoid Huge Taxes and Fees When Cashing in Frequent Flier Miles," 5 Sep. 2019 The rest were rounded up at gunpoint, along with all other women of post-childbearing age and high professional status, and taken to a stadium that had been repurposed as a prison. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "Margaret Atwood Expands the World of “The Handmaid’s Tale”," 5 Sep. 2019

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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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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 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?

status

noun
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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status

noun
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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