State - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |steɪt|  American pronunciation of the word state
Brit.  |steɪt|  British pronunciation of the word state
- the territory occupied by one of the constituent administrative districts of a nation (syn: province)
- the way something is with respect to its main attributes
- the group of people comprising the government of a sovereign state
- a politically organized body of people under a single government (syn: commonwealth, country, land, nation)
- (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)
- a state of depression or agitation
- the territory occupied by a nation (syn: country, land)
- the federal department in the United States that sets and maintains foreign policies
- express in words (syn: say, tell)
- put before (syn: posit, put forward, submit)
- indicate through a symbol, formula, etc. (syn: express)

Examples

Happiness is the state or condition of being happy.

We must keep our armed forces in a constant state of readiness.

She meditates to achieve a higher state of being.

The building is in such a sorry state that it's hardly worth fixing.

Water in a gaseous state

The solid and liquid states

The member states of the United Nations Security Council

Things were in an untidy state.

A problem must be stated in order to be solved.

The contents of the deed were falsely stated.

To state him in the right of disposing of the forces.

There are fears for the state of the country's economy.

When we bought the house, it was in a terrible state.

Frankly, I wouldn't trust his emotional state right now.

She was in an extremely confused state of mind.

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: state
he/she/it: states
present participle: stating
past tense: stated
past participle: stated
noun
singular: state
plural: states
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