Definitions of state

  1.   the territory occupied by a nation; " he returned to the land of his birth"; " he visited several European countries"
  2.   the way something is with respect to its main attributes; " the current state of knowledge"; " his state of health"; " in a weak financial state"
  3.   a politically organized body of people under a single government; " 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"
  4.   Pertaining to the body politic; as, state papers; used upon formal or ceremonious occasions.
  5.   Highest and stationary condition, as that of maturity between growth and decline, or as that of crisis between the increase and the abating of a disease; height; acme.
  6.   a state of depression or agitation; " he was in such a state you just couldn't reason with him"
  7.   Condition, situation, status.
  8.   Of or belonging to the state; public.
  9.   Appearance of grandeur or dignity; pomp.
  10.   The circumstances or condition of a being or thing at any given time.
  11.   put before; " I submit to you that the accused is guilty"
  12.   A community forming part of a federal monarchy or republic; especially, one of the United States.
  13.   Belonging to the state, or body politic; public.
  14.   To set forth; express in words; narrate.
  15.   A person of high rank.
  16.   A statement; also, a document containing a statement.
  17.   In the United States, one of the commonwealth, or bodies politic, the people of which make up the body of the nation, and which, under the national constitution, stands in certain specified relations with the national government, and are invested, as commonwealth, with full power in their several spheres over all matters not expressly inhibited.
  18.   Position; condition; circumstances; a body politic; republic; the civil power; pomp; dignity.
  19.   To express the particulars of; to set down fully; to repeat with all the attending circumstances; to set forth.
  20.   indicate through a symbol, formula, etc.; " Can you express this distance in kilometers?"
  21.   A political body, or body politic; the whole body of people who are united one government, whatever may be the form of the government; a nation.
  22.   the federal department in the UnitedStates that sets and maintains foreign policies; " the Department of State was created in 1789"
  23.   A form of government which is not monarchial, as a republic.
  24.   Ceremonious style; dignity.
  25.   To express the particulars of; to set down in detail or in gross; to represent fully in words; to narrate; to recite; as, to state the facts of a case, one's opinion, etc.
  26.   A chair with a canopy above it, often standing on a dais; a seat of dignity; also, the canopy itself.
  27.   To set forth clearly and formally; tell; as, to state the facts.
  28.   To set forth explicitly, as in speech or writing.
  29.   ( informal) a state of depression or agitation; " he was in such a state you just couldn't reason with him"
  30.   ( 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); " the solid state of water is called ice"
  31.   The bodies that constitute the legislature of a country; as, the States- general of Holland.
  32.   To set; to settle; to establish; to express the particulars of; to set down in detail or in gross; to represent fully in words; to make known specifically; to explain particularly; to narrate; to recite; as, to state an opinion, to state the particulars of a case; " I pretended not fully to state, much less demonstrate, the truth contained in the text."- Atterbury.
  33.   Condition; rank; quality; pomp; dignity; grandeur; a body politic; the whole body of people united under one government; civil community or government; legislative body.
  34.   Circumstances in which a person or thing is placed at any particular time; position; condition; solemn pomp; appearance of greatness; dignity; the whole body of people included under one government; the community; the body politic; the constituents thereof; polity; one of the orders or classes of men existing in a country, as the nobles, the clergy; civil- power, as distinguished from ecclesiastical.
  35.   Pertaining to the state; for use on occasions of ceremony.
  36.   Belonging to the State; ceremonial.
  37.   Stately.
  38.   A commonwealth; nation.
  39.   Estate, possession.
  40.   Civil government.
  41.   in the service of the community or nation; " state security"
  42.   the group of people comprising the government of a sovereign state; " the state has lowered its income tax"
  43.   express in words; " He said that he wanted to marry her"; " tell me what is bothering you"; " state your opinion"; " state your name"
  44.   To express the particulars of; to set down in detail or in grosa; to narrate.
  45.   Mode of existence; condition.
  46.   Condition as determined by whatever circumstances; the condition or circumstances of a being or thing at any given time; situation; position; as, the state of one's health, the state of public affairs, the roads are in a wretched state, to be in a state of uncertainty; " Nor laugh with his companions at thy state."- Snak; " The past and present state of things."- Dryden; " The state of the question."- Boyle: rank; condition; quality; royal or gorgeous pomp; appearance of greatness; dignity; grandeur; " She instructed him how he should keep state, yet with a modest sense of his misfortunes."- Barcon: a person of high rank; " She is a duchess, a great state."- Latimer; any body of men constituting a community of a particular character in virtue of certain political privileges, who partake either directly or by representation in the government of their country; an estate; as, the states of the realm in Great Britain are the Lords, spiritual and temporal, and the Commons: a whole people united into one body politic; a civil and self- governing community; a commonwealth- often with the, and signifying the body politic to which the party speaking belongs; " Municipal law is a rule of conduct prescribed by the supreme power in a state."- Blackstone; the power wielded by the government of a country; the civil power, often as contrasted with ecclesiastical; as, the union of church and state: one of the commonwealths or bodies politic which together make up the Federal Republic, which stand in certain specified relations with the central or national government, and as regards internal affairs are more or less independent: a republic, as opposed to a monarchy. Dryden: a seat of dignity; a throne; " This chair shall be my state."- Shak.: a canopy; a covering of dignity; " His high throne, under state of richest texture spread."- Milton: estate; possession; the highest and stationary condition or point, as that of maturity between growth and decline, or as that of crisis between the increase and the abating of a disease. Wiseman: that which is stated or expressed in writing or in words or figures; a statement; a document containing a statement; " He sat down to examine Mr. Owen's states."- Sir W. Scott. When state is used adjectively, or as the first element in a compound, it denotes public, or what belongs to the community or body politic; as, state affairs: state policy.
  47.   To set; to settle; to establish.
  48.   the territory occupied by one of the constituent administrative districts of a nation; " his state is in the deep south"
  49.   Rank; condition; quality; as, the state of honor.
  50.   Any body of men united by profession, or constituting a community of a particular character; as, the civil and ecclesiastical states, or the lords spiritual and temporal and the commons, in Great Britain. Cf. Estate, n., 6.
  51.   The principal persons in a government.
  52.   Mode or condition of existence; condition as to riches, social standing, etc.; rank; style of living; especially, ceremonious style or formal dignity; as, to receive in state; a body of people united under one government; the civil powers and government of such a community; the territory occupied by it; one of several such communities forming a federation.
  53.   the federal department that sets and maintains foreign policies; " the Department of State was created in 1789"
  54.   Condition of prosperity or grandeur; wealthy or prosperous circumstances; social importance.

Quotes of state

  1. In spite of advances in technology and changes in the economy, state government still operates on an obsolete 1970s model. We have a typewriter government in an Internet age. – Matt Blunt
  2. A few of the sublimest geniuses of Rome and Athens had some faint discoveries of the spiritual nature of the human soul, and formed some probable conjectures, that man was designed for a future state of existence. – David Brainerd
  3. A state is better governed which has few laws, and those laws strictly observed. – Rene Descartes
  4. I've been playing music all my life, from being a choir soloist at Symphony Hall as a youngster to playing in bands through high school and college at Kent State Went in the service at 17, out before I was 21. – Arthur Godfrey
  5. It is against this concept of the sovereign state a state isolated by protectionism and militarism, that internationalism must now engage in decisive battle. – Christian Lous Lange
  6. I fully expect to be able to complete one more campaign goal- and that is to proudly report that signs have been erected as you enter our great state that say 'Welcome to Wild, Wonderful West Virginia: Open for Business!' – Joe Manchin III
  7. In my home State of Texas, the Port of Houston operates as the United States' top port for foreign tonnage and our second largest for total tonnage, so I know how important this bill is for the protection of the American people. – Michael McCaul
  8. The lanes and streets of the city being set out, the choice of sites for the convenience and use of the state remains to be decided on; for sacred edifices, for the forum, and for other public buildings. – Marcus V. Pollio
  9. Reforming the way the state works with businesses and providing incentives for employers will help preserve and create new jobs in Massachusetts. – Mitt Romney
  10. Know how your representatives stand on major national or state issues. – Marilyn vos Savant
  11. Marriage has been defined by every legislature that has ever sat in the United States from every State now 50 States, the same way, but now we have unelected judges altering and changing that fundamental institution. – Jeff Sessions
  12. We are at heart so profoundly anarchistic that the only form of state we can imagine living in is Utopian; and so cynical that the only Utopia we can believe in is authoritarian. – Lionel Trilling
  13. The state is out of control, the state is on a spending binge, the state has to stop putting itself in a hole that's getting deeper and deeper and deeper. – Peter Ueberroth
  14. If we pulled out of Iraq tomorrow, Islamic jihadism is on the rise. And they continue, as we see in Lebanon, to seek to destroy the State of Israel and seek to drive America back and bring us to our knees. We must stand tall and straight. – Zach Wamp
  15. A declaration of the independence of America, and the sovereignty of the United STates was drawn by the ingenious and philosophic pen of Thomas Jefferson, Esquire, a delegate from the state of Virginia. – Mercy Otis Warren

Usage examples for state

  1. “ " It is certainly a new state of affairs," said the doctor. ” – The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  2. His state of mind was to me very interesting. ” – The Lure of the Labrador Wild by Dillon Wallace
  3. Such was the state of things. ” – Fated to Be Free by Jean Ingelow
  4. These last words state quite clearly the true principle of what the law ought to be. ” – The Law and the Poor by Edward Abbott Parry
  5. He was in this state of mind when there came to him, to his great surprise, a letter from Henrietta. ” – The Clique of Gold by Emile Gaboriau
  6. He looked straight before him, trying to understand the state of his mind. ” – The Pioneers by Katharine Susannah Prichard
  7. “ To state the question is to answer it. ” – The Duel Between France and Germany by Charles Sumner
  8. It was not easy to state that was plain. ” – Kent Knowles: Quahaug by Joseph C. Lincoln
  9. But it will not do to leave her in this state poor girl! ” – The Adventures of a Special Correspondent by Jules Verne
  10. “ " This is a pretty state of things! ” – Amusement Only by Richard Marsh
  11. Happiness after all is not a question of the place, because " the city of happiness is in the state of mind." ” – Reno A Book of Short Stories and Information by Lilyan Stratton
  12. At my office in the state house. ” – The Tempering by Charles Neville Buck
  13. It was a very great secret indeed,- a state secret,- which none but so clever a man as the present King of Nomansland would ever have thought of. ” – The Little Lame Prince And: The Invisible Prince; Prince Cherry; The Prince With The Nose The Frog-Prince; Clever Alice by Miss Mulock--Pseudonym of Maria Dinah Craik
  14. He was in a very excited state – Malcolm Sage, Detective by Herbert George Jenkins
  15. But I knew her state and held firm. ” – Sweet Cicely Or Josiah Allen as a Politician by Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
  16. The men took him home, and his Aunt, though in such a state that she knew not what she did, went home too. ” – The Book of One Syllable by Esther Bakewell
  17. They escort the King when he goes out in state – John and Betty's History Visit by Margaret Williamson
  18. It was in this state of mind that Emerson returned home. ” – After the Storm by T. S. Arthur
  19. Sleep here to- night, and don't let your young wife see you in that state – Commodore Junk by George Manville Fenn
  20. “ " I think you heard me state just how I felt about the matter, Mr. Andrews," replied the captain. ” – Mr. Trunnell by T. Jenkins Hains

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