1. [ noun ] (government) the group of people comprising the government of a sovereign state

"the state has lowered its income tax"

Related terms: government Soviets welfare_state
2. [ noun ] (government,geography) the territory occupied by one of the constituent administrative districts of a nation
Synonyms: province

"his state is in the deep south"

Related terms: administrative_district Bavaria commonwealth Chihuahua Gansu American_state Assam Lower_Saxony Indonesian_Borneo Eritrea hebei Canadian_province Italian_region goa karnataka Bihar Gujarat Orissa friesland Transvaal Soviet_Socialist_Republic Buganda madras kosovo manipur andhra_pradesh Australian_state abkhaz adzhar Tyrol Yunnan eparchy guangdong hunan sinkiang inner_mongolia uttar_pradesh west_bengal Szechwan free_state cape_colony cape_of_good_hope Chechnya country
3. [ noun ] (politics,geography) a politically organized body of people under a single government
Synonyms: country nation commonwealth 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
4. [ noun ] the way something is with respect to its main attributes

"the current state of knowledge" "his state of health" "in a weak financial state"

Related terms: condition degree condition action situation being sale office death freedom status integrity maturity nature relationship employment relationship order perfection end dependence grace readiness unemployment conflict motion inaction dead_letter imminence illumination merchantability plurality annulment utilization temporary_state union physiological_state nonbeing damnation immaturity omnipotence omniscience disorder dystopia utopia cognitive_state receivership imperfection ownership hostility turgor tribalism cleavage isomerism conditionality mulltivalency heterozygosity homozygosity kalemia ground_state ornamentation obligation flux motionlessness representation paternity medium skillfulness
5. [ verb ] express an idea, etc. in words
Synonyms: say tell

"He said that he wanted to marry her" "tell me what is bothering you" "state your opinion"

Related terms: express add give answer note declare declare present announce explain get_out play_down preface articulate sum misstate declare say statement narrator affirmation
6. [ noun ] (government) the federal department in the UnitedStates that sets and maintains foreign policies
Synonyms: Department_of_State State_Department dos

"the Department of State was created in 1789"

Related terms: executive_department bureau_of_intelligence_and_research bureau_of_diplomatic_security foreign_service
7. [ noun ] (government,geography) the territory occupied by a nation
Synonyms: country land nation

"he returned to the land of his birth" "he visited several European countries"

Related terms: administrative_district Cuba Soviet_Union Australia fatherland Iceland Philippines European_country Indonesia Turkey kingdom Dominican_Republic Papua_New_Guinea sultanate Comoros Grenada Maldives Haiti African_country Jamaica Barbados Asian_country Trinidad_and_Tobago Samoa Cyprus South_American_country buffer_state Sao_Tome_e_Principe Fiji Dominica east_timor Bahamas Israel Burkina_Faso Turkmenistan Antigua_and_Barbuda North_American_country Vanuatu Malta Mauritius New_Zealand Tuvalu Saint_Christopher-Nevis Saint_Lucia Saint_Vincent_and_the_Grenadines Marshall_Islands Kiribati Seychelles Solomon_Islands Nauru Russia Ukraine Sri_Lanka Tonga Cape_Verde rus banana_republic etruria federated_states_of_micronesia tax_haven palau democratic_republic_of_sao_tome_and_principe department domain midland
8. [ adjective ] (government) supported and operated by the government of a state
Synonyms: state-supported

"a state university"

Related terms: public
9. [ verb ] put before
Synonyms: submit put_forward posit

"I submit to you that the accused is guilty"

Related terms: propose affirmation
10. [ noun ] (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)
Synonyms: state_of_matter

"the solid state of water is called ice"

Related terms: chemical_phenomenon phase gas liquid plasma solid plasma chemistry liquid solid gaseous
11. [ verb ] indicate through a symbol, formula, etc.
Synonyms: express

"Can you express this distance in kilometers?"

Related terms: denote vote vote
12. [ noun ] (informal) a state of depression or agitation

"he was in such a state you just couldn't reason with him"

Related terms: emotional_state colloquialism
13. [ adjective ] in the service of the community or nation

"state security"

Related terms: public
Similar spelling:   stoat