Definition of State in English :

Define State in English

State meaning in English

Meaning of State in English

Pronunciation of State in English

State pronunciation in English

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see synonyms of state


1. province, state

the territory occupied by one of the constituent administrative districts of a nation

Example Sentences:
'his state is in the deep south'

2. state

the way something is with respect to its main attributes

Example Sentences:
'the current state of knowledge'
'his state of health'
'in a weak financial state'

3. state

the group of people comprising the government of a sovereign state

Example Sentences:
'the state has lowered its income tax'

4. body politic, commonwealth, country, land, nation, res publica, state

a politically organized body of people under a single government

Example Sentences:
'the state has elected a new president'
'African nations'
'students who had come to the nation's capitol'
'the country's largest manufacturer'
'an industrialized land'

5. state, state of matter

(chemistry) the three traditional states of matter are solids (fixed shape and volume) and liquids (fixed volume and shaped by the container) and gases (filling the container)

Example Sentences:
'the solid state of water is called ice'

6. state

a state of depression or agitation

Example Sentences:
'he was in such a state you just couldn't reason with him'

7. country, land, state

the territory occupied by a nation

Example Sentences:
'he returned to the land of his birth'
'he visited several European countries'

8. department of state, dos, state, state department, united states department of state

the federal department in the United States that sets and maintains foreign policies

Example Sentences:
'the Department of State was created in 1789'


9. say, state, tell

express in words

Example Sentences:
'He said that he wanted to marry her'
'tell me what is bothering you'
'state your opinion'
'state your name'

10. posit, put forward, state, submit

put before

Example Sentences:
'I submit to you that the accused is guilty'

11. express, state

indicate through a symbol, formula, etc.

Example Sentences:
'Can you express this distance in kilometers?'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of state
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
9. (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
10. (often capital)
the body politic of a particular sovereign power, esp as contrasted with a rival authority such as the Church
11. obsolete
a class or order; estate
12. informal
a nervous, upset, or excited condition (esp in the phrase in a state)
13.  lie in state
14.  state of affairs
15.  state of play
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 (tr; may take a clause as object)
to articulate in words; utter
to declare formally or publicly
to state one's innocence
to resolve

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see synonyms of state
a set of circumstances or attributes characterizing a person or thing at a given time; way or form of being; condition
a state of poverty
a particular mental or emotional condition
a state of bliss
condition as regards physical structure, constitution, internal form, stage or phase of existence, etc.
liquid state
condition or position in life; social status, rank, or degree
high rank or position
the style of living characteristic of people having high rank and wealth; rich, imposing, ceremonious display
drove up in state
5.  [sometimes S-]
the power or authority represented by a body of people politically organized under one government, esp. an independent government, within a territory or territories having definite boundaries
such a body of people; body politic
6.  US; [often S-]
any of the territorial and political units that together constitute a federal government, as in the U.S.
7.  US
the territory of a state (sense 5) state (sense 5b) state (sense 6)
the political organization constituting the basis of civil government
church and state
the sphere of highest governmental authority and administration
matters of state
10.  [S-]
foreign policy
see also Secretary of State (sense 1), State Department
of, for, or characteristic of occasions of great ceremony; formal; ceremonial
12.  [sometimes S-]
of or controlled, maintained, etc. by the government or a state
verb transitiveWord forms: ˈstated or ˈstating
to fix or establish by specifying
at the stated hour
to set forth in words, esp. in a specific, definite, or formal way
to state one's objectives
to express or present in a nonverbal way
to state a musical theme in the first three measures

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of state
a. A condition or mode of being, as with regard to circumstances: The office was in a state of confusion.
b. A condition of being in a stage or form, as of structure, growth, or development: the fetal state.
c. A mental or emotional condition: in a manic state.
d. Informal A condition of excitement or distress: was in a state over going to the prom.
e. Social position or rank.
2. Physics The condition of a physical system with regard to phase, form, composition, or structure: Ice is the solid state of water.
3. Ceremony; pomp: foreign leaders dining in state at the White House.
a. The supreme public power within a sovereign political entity: the state intervening in the economy.
b. The sphere of supreme civil power within a given polity: matters of state.
c. A specific kind of government: the socialist state.
d. A body politic, especially one constituting a nation: the states of Eastern Europe.
e. One of the more or less internally autonomous territorial and political units composing a federation under a sovereign government: the 48 contiguous states of the Union.
1. Of or relating to a body politic or to an internally autonomous territorial or political unit constituting a federation under one government: a monarch dealing with state matters; the department that handles state security.
2. Owned and operated by a state: state universities.
tr.v. stat·ed, stat·ing, states
To set forth in words; declare.

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