Definitions of state

  1. 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"
  2. the federal department that sets and maintains foreign policies; " the Department of State was created in 1789"
  3. indicate through a symbol, formula, etc.; " Can you express this distance in kilometers?"
  4. the territory occupied by one of the constituent administrative districts of a nation; " his state is in the deep south"
  5. put before; " I submit to you that the accused is guilty"
  6. express in words; " He said that he wanted to marry her"; " tell me what is bothering you"; " state your opinion"; " state your name"
  7. the group of people comprising the government of a sovereign state; " the state has lowered its income tax"
  8. ( informal) a state of depression or agitation; " he was in such a state you just couldn't reason with him"
  9. ( 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"
  10. in the service of the community or nation; " state security"
  11. the territory occupied by a nation; " he returned to the land of his birth"; " he visited several European countries"
  12. a state of depression or agitation; " he was in such a state you just couldn't reason with him"
  13. A person of high rank.
  14. The circumstances or condition of a being or thing at any given time.
  15. Rank; condition; quality; as, the state of honor.
  16. Condition of prosperity or grandeur; wealthy or prosperous circumstances; social importance.
  17. Appearance of grandeur or dignity; pomp.
  18. A chair with a canopy above it, often standing on a dais; a seat of dignity; also, the canopy itself.
  19. Estate, possession.
  20. 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.
  21. The principal persons in a government.
  22. The bodies that constitute the legislature of a country; as, the States- general of Holland.
  23. A form of government which is not monarchial, as a republic.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. Stately.
  28. Belonging to the state, or body politic; public.
  29. To set; to settle; to establish.
  30. 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.
  31. A statement; also, a document containing a statement.
  32. 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.
  33. Pertaining to the body politic; as, state papers; used upon formal or ceremonious occasions.
  34. To set forth clearly and formally; tell; as, to state the facts.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. Belonging to the State; ceremonial.
  38. Position; condition; circumstances; a body politic; republic; the civil power; pomp; dignity.
  39. To set forth; express in words; narrate.
  40. To set forth explicitly, as in speech or writing.
  41. Pertaining to the state; for use on occasions of ceremony.
  42. Mode of existence; condition.
  43. A commonwealth; nation.
  44. A community forming part of a federal monarchy or republic; especially, one of the United States.
  45. Civil government.
  46. Ceremonious style; dignity.
  47. Condition; rank; quality; pomp; dignity; grandeur; a body politic; the whole body of people united under one government; civil community or government; legislative body.
  48. To express the particulars of; to set down in detail or in grosa; to narrate.
  49. 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.
  50. To express the particulars of; to set down fully; to repeat with all the attending circumstances; to set forth.
  51. Of or belonging to the state; public.

Usage examples for state

  1. Sleep here to- night, and don't let your young wife see you in that state. – Commodore Junk by George Manville Fenn
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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