state(stāt),USA pronunciationn., adj., v.,stat•ed, stat•ing. n.
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.
Governmenta politically unified people occupying a definite territory; nation.
Governmentthe territory, or one of the territories, of a government.
Government(sometimes cap.) any of the bodies politic which together make up a federal union, as in the United States of America.
Governmentthe body politic as organized for civil rule and government (distinguished from church).
Governmentthe operations or activities of a central civil government:affairs of state.
Government, Informal Terms(cap.) Also called State Department.[Informal.]the Department of State.
Printinga 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.
lie in state, (of a corpse) to be exhibited publicly with honors before burial:The president's body lay in state for two days.
Informal Termsthe States, the United States (usually used outside its borders):After a year's study in Spain, he returned to the States.
Governmentof or pertaining to the central civil government or authority.
Governmentmade, 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.
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.
Latin status (rērum) state (of things) or status (reī pūblicae) state (of the republic)
Latin status condition (see status); in defs. 7–11
Middle English stat (noun, nominal), partly aphetic variant of estatestate, partly 1175–1225
1.See corresponding entry in UnabridgedState,condition,situation,status are terms for existing circumstances or surroundings. State is the general word, often with no concrete implications or material relationships:the present state of affairs.Condition carries an implication of a relationship to causes and circumstances:The conditions made flying impossible.Situation suggests an arrangement of circumstances, related to one another and to the character of a person:He was master of the situation.Status carries official or legal implications; it suggests a complete picture of interrelated circumstances as having to do with rank, position, standing, a stage reached in progress, etc.:the status of negotiations.
3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged standing.
18.See corresponding entry in Unabridged stately, ceremonial, imposing, dignified.
20.See corresponding entry in Unabridged aver, assert, asseverate, affirm. See maintain.
24.See corresponding entry in Unabridged determine.