the condition of a person or thing, as with respect to circumstances or attributes:
a state of health.
the condition of matter with respect to structure, form, constitution, phase, or the like:
water in a gaseous state.
status, rank, or position in life; station:
He dresses in a manner befitting his state.
the style of living befitting a person of wealth and high rank:
to travel in state.
a particular condition of mind or feeling:
to be in an excited state.
an abnormally tense, nervous, or perturbed condition:
He’s been in a state since hearing about his brother’s death.
a politically unified people occupying a definite territory; nation.
the territory, or one of the territories, of a government.
(sometimes initial capital letter) any of the bodies politic which together make up a federal union, as in the United States of America.
the body politic as organized for civil rule and government (distinguished from church).
the operations or activities of a central civil government:
affairs of state.
(initial capital letter). Also called State Department. Informal. the Department of State.
Printing. a set of copies of an edition of a publication which differ from others of the same printing because of additions, corrections, or transpositions made during printing or at any time before publication.
the States, Informal. the United States (usually used outside its borders):
After a year’s study in Spain, he returned to the States.
of or relating to the central civil government or authority.
made, maintained, or chartered by or under the authority of one of the commonwealths that make up a federal union:
a state highway; a state bank.
characterized by, attended with, or involving ceremony:
a state dinner.
used on or reserved for occasions of ceremony.
verb (used with object), stated, stating.
to declare definitely or specifically:
She stated her position on the case.
to set forth formally in speech or writing:
to state a hypothesis.
to set forth in proper or definite form:
to state a problem.
to fix or settle, as by authority.
lie in state, (of a corpse) to be exhibited publicly with honors before burial:
The president’s body lay in state for two days.
(functioning as singular or pl) the states, an informal name for the United States of America
the condition of a person, thing, etc, with regard to main attributes
the structure, form, or constitution of something: a solid state
any mode of existence
position in life or society; estate
ceremonious style, as befitting wealth or dignity: to live in state
a sovereign political power or community
the territory occupied by such a community
the sphere of power in such a community: affairs of state
(often capital) one of a number of areas or communities having their own governments and forming a federation under a sovereign government, as in the US
(often capital) the body politic of a particular sovereign power, esp as contrasted with a rival authority such as the Church
(obsolete) a class or order; estate
(informal) a nervous, upset, or excited condition (esp in the phrase in a state)
lie in state, (of a body) to be placed on public view before burial
state of affairs, a situation; present circumstances or condition
state of play, the current situation
controlled or financed by a state: state university
of, relating to, or concerning the State: State trial
involving ceremony or concerned with a ceremonious occasion: state visit
verb (transitive; may take a clause as object)
to articulate in words; utter
to declare formally or publicly: to state one’s innocence
A condition or situation; status.
noun 1. a town in E Georgia.
- State school
noun 1. any school maintained by the state, in which education is free
- State secret
noun any piece of information that is held secret
- State services
plural noun 1. (Church of England) services appointed to commemorate days of national celebration or deliverance such as the accession of a sovereign