1. [ noun ] (politics,geography) a politically organized body of people under a single government
Synonyms: state country nation land body_politic res_publica

"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"

Related terms: political_unit world_power ally Reich dominion renegade_state sea_power city_state suzerain estate
2. [ noun ] (government,geography) the official name of some states in the United States (Massachusetts and Pennsylvania and Virginia and Kentucky) and associated territories (Puerto Rico)
Related terms: state Puerto_Rico
3. [ noun ] (government) a world organization of autonomous states that are united in allegiance to a central power but are not subordinate to it or to one another
Related terms: world_organization British_Commonwealth
4. [ noun ] (politics) a political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them
Synonyms: republic democracy
Related terms: autocracy political_system parliamentary_democracy weimar_republic democratize
Similar spelling:   commonweal