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This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word state.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. state, provincenoun

    the territory occupied by one of the constituent administrative districts of a nation

    "his state is in the deep south"

  2. statenoun

    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. statenoun

    the group of people comprising the government of a sovereign state

    "the state has lowered its income tax"

  4. state, nation, country, land, commonwealth, res publica, body politicnoun

    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"

  5. state of matter, statenoun

    (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"

  6. statenoun

    a state of depression or agitation

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

  7. country, state, landnoun

    the territory occupied by a nation

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

  8. Department of State, United States Department of State, State Department, State, DoSverb

    the federal department in the United States that sets and maintains foreign policies

    "the Department of State was created in 1789"

  9. state, say, tellverb

    express in words

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

  10. submit, state, put forward, positverb

    put before

    "I submit to you that the accused is guilty"

  11. express, stateverb

    indicate through a symbol, formula, etc.

    "Can you express this distance in kilometers?"


  1. statenoun

    Any sovereign polity. A government.

  2. statenoun

    A political division of a federation retaining a degree of autonomy, for example one of the fifty United States. See also Province.

  3. statenoun

    A condition.

  4. statenoun

    Pomp, ceremony, or dignity.

    The President's body will lie in state at the Capitol.

  5. statenoun

    The stable condition of a processor during a particular clock cycle.

    In the fetch state, the address of the next instruction is placed on the address bus.

  6. statenoun

    The set of all parameters relevant to a computation.

    The state here includes a set containing all names seen so far.

  7. statenoun

    The values of all parameters at some point in a computation.

    A debugger can show the state of a program at any breakpoint.

  8. statenoun

    A society larger than a tribe. A society large enough to form a state in the sense of a government.

  9. statenoun

    The physical property of matter as solid, liquid, gas or plasma

  10. stateverb

    To declare to be a fact.

    He stated that he was willing to help.

  11. stateverb

    To make known.

    State your intentions.

  12. statenoun

    an element of the range of the random variables that define a random process.

  13. statenoun

    A great person, a dignitary; a lord or prince.

  14. Statenoun

    State University, as the shortened form of any public university name.

  15. Etymology: From status, from stare.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. STATEnoun

    Etymology: status, Latin.

    I do not
    Infer as if I thought my sister’s state
    Secure. John Milton.

    Relate what Latium was,
    Declare the past and present state of things. John Dryden, Æn.

    Like the papists is your poets state,
    Poor and disarm’d. Alexander Pope.

    Keep the state of the question in your eye. Boyle.

    The deer that endureth the womb but eight months, and is compleat at six years, cannot live much more than thirty, as having passed two general motions; that is, its beginning and increase; and having but two more to run through, that is, its state and declination. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    Tumours have their several degrees and times; as beginning, augment, state, and declination: Richard Wiseman.

    Strong was their plot,
    Their states far off, and they of wary wit. Daniel.

    If any thing more than your sport
    Did move your greatness, and this noble state,
    To call on him, he hopes it is no other
    But for your health sake. William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida.

    A state’s anger
    Should not take knowledge either of fools or women. Ben Jonson, Catiline.

    I hear her talk of state matters and the senate. Ben Jonson.

    What he got by fortune,
    It was the state that now must make his right. Daniel.

    The state hath given you licence to stay on land for the space of six weeks. Francis Bacon.

    It is better the kingdom should be in good estate, with particular loss to many of the people, than that all the people should be well, and the state of the kingdom altogether lost. John Hayward.

    It is a bad exchange to wound a man’s own conscience, thereby to salve state sores. Charles I .

    For you we stay’d, as did the Grecian state
    ’Till Alexander came. Edmund Waller.

    Since they all live by begging, it were better for the state to keep them. John Graunt.

    These are the realms of unrelenting fate;
    And awful Rhadamanthus rules the state:
    He hears and judges. John Dryden, Æn.

    My thought, whose murther yet is but fantastical,
    Shakes so my single state of man, that function
    Is smother’d in surmise. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    They feared nothing from a state so narrow in compass of land, and so weak, that the strength of their armies has ever been made up of foreign troops. William Temple.

    Fair dame, I am not to you known,
    Though in your state of honour I am perfect. William Shakespeare.

    High state the bed is where misfortune lies. Edward Fairfax.

    When in triumphant state the British muse,
    True to herself, shall barb’rous aid refuse. Wentworth Dillon.

    There kings receiv’d the marks of sov’reign pow’r:
    In state the monarchs march’d, the lictors bore
    The awful axes and the rods before. John Dryden, Æn.

    Let my attendants wait: I’ll be alone,
    Where least of state, where most of love is shown. Dryden.

    To appear in their robes would be a troublesome piece of state. Collier.

    At home surrounded by a servile crowd,
    Prompt to abuse, and in detraction loud;
    Abroad begirt with men, and swords, and spears,
    His very state acknowledging his fears. Matthew Prior.

    She instructed him how he should keep state, and yet with a modest sense of his misfortunes. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    The swan rows her state with oary feet. John Milton.

    He was staid, and in his gait
    Preserv’d a grave majestick state. Samuel Butler.

    Such cheerful modesty, such humble state,
    Moves certain love. Edmund Waller.

    Can this imperious lord forget to reign,
    Quit all his state, descend, and serve again. Alexander Pope, Statius.

    This chair shall be my state, this dagger my sceptre, and this cushion my crown. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    As she affected not the grandeur of a state with a canopy, she thought there was no offence in an elbow-chair. Arbuthn.

    The brain was her study, the heart her state room. Arbuth.

    Over the chair is a state made round of ivy, somewhat whiter than ours; and the state is curiously wrought with silver and silk. Francis Bacon.

    His high throne, under state
    Of richest texture spread, at th’ upper end
    Was plac’d. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    She is a dutchess, a great state. Hugh Latimer.

    The bold design
    Pleas’d highly those infernal states. John Milton.

    I am no courtier, nor versed in state-affairs: my life hath rather been contemplative than active. Francis Bacon.

    Council! What’s that? a pack of bearded slaves,
    The scavengers that sweep states nusances,
    And are themselves the greatest. John Dryden, Cleomenes.

    I am accused of reflecting upon great states-folks. Jonathan Swift.

  2. To Stateverb

    Etymology: constater, French.

    This is so stated a rule, that all casuists press it in all cases of damage. Decay of Piety.

    This is to state accounts, and looks more like merchandize than friendship. Jeremy Collier, of Friendship.

    He is capable of corruption who receives more than what is the stated and unquestioned fee of his office. Addison.

    Many other inconveniences are consequent to this stating of this question; and particularly that, by those which thus state it, there hath never yet been assigned any definite number of fundamentals. Henry Hammond, on Fundamentals.

    Its present state stateth it to be what it now is. Matthew Hale.

    Were our case stated to any sober heathen, he would never guess why they who acknowledge the necessity of prayer, and confess the same God, may not ask in the same form. Decay of Piety.

    To state it fairly, imitation is the most advantageous way for a translator to shew himself, but the greatest wrong which can be done to the memory of the dead. Dryden.

    I pretended not fully to state, much less demonstrate, the truth contained in the text. Francis Atterbury.


  1. state

    A state is a politically organized body of people occupying a specific territory and governed by a centralized authority which exercises control over its population, enforces laws, maintains order, and carries out various functions and responsibilities such as providing public services and defending the territory against external threats.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Statenoun

    the circumstances or condition of a being or thing at any given time

  2. Statenoun

    rank; condition; quality; as, the state of honor

  3. Statenoun

    condition of prosperity or grandeur; wealthy or prosperous circumstances; social importance

  4. Statenoun

    appearance of grandeur or dignity; pomp

  5. Statenoun

    a chair with a canopy above it, often standing on a dais; a seat of dignity; also, the canopy itself

  6. Statenoun

    estate, possession

  7. Statenoun

    a person of high rank

  8. Statenoun

    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

  9. Statenoun

    the principal persons in a government

  10. Statenoun

    the bodies that constitute the legislature of a country; as, the States-general of Holland

  11. Statenoun

    a form of government which is not monarchial, as a republic

  12. Statenoun

    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

  13. Statenoun

    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

  14. Statenoun

    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

  15. Stateadjective


  16. Stateadjective

    belonging to the state, or body politic; public

  17. Stateverb

    to set; to settle; to establish

  18. Stateverb

    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

  19. Statenoun

    a statement; also, a document containing a statement


  1. State

    A state is an organized community living under a unified political system, the government. States may be sovereign. The denomination state is also employed to federated states that are members of a federal union, which is the sovereign state. Some states are subject to external sovereignty or hegemony where ultimate sovereignty lies in another state. The state can also be used to refer to the secular branches of government within a state, often as a manner of contrasting them with churches and civilian institutions.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. State

    stāt, n. position: condition: situation: circumstances at any time: the whole body of people under one government: the public: the civil power: estate, one of the orders or classes of men forming the body politic (as nobles, clergy, commonalty): a body of men united by profession: rank, quality: pomp: dignity: style of living: stability, continuance: (pl.) the bodies constituting the legislature of a country: (obs.) a seat of dignity: a stage, condition, as of an etched or engraved plate at one particular stage of its progress.—adj. belonging to the state: public: royal: ceremonial: pompous: magnificent.—v.t. to set forth: to express the details of: to set down fully and formally: to narrate: to set in order: to settle.—adj. Stāt′able, capable of being stated.&mdasmdash;ns. State′-craft, the art of managing state affairs; State′-crim′inal, one who commits an offence against the state, as treason.—adj. Stāt′ed, settled: established: fixed: regular.—adv. Stāt′edly.—ns. State′-house, the building in which the legislature of a state holds its sittings; Stāte′liness.—adj. Stāte′ly, showing state or dignity: majestic: grand.—adv. majestically: (Milt.) loftily.—ns. Stāte′ment, the act of stating: that which is stated: a narrative or recital; State′-pā′per, an official paper or document relating to affairs of state; State′-pris′on; State′-pris′oner, a prisoner confined for offence against the state; State′-relig′ion, the establishment or endowment by the government of a country of some particular form of religion; State′room, a stately room in a palace or mansion: principal room in the cabin of a ship; States′-gen′eral, the name given to the representative body of the three orders (nobility, clergy, burghers) of the French kingdom; States′man, a man acquainted with the affairs of government: one skilled in government: one employed in public affairs: a politician: one who farms his own estate, a small landholder.—adj. States′man-like, like a statesman.—adv. States′manly, in a manner becoming a statesman.—n. States′manship.—State socialism, a scheme of government which would entrust to the state the carrying on of the great enterprises of private industry; States of the Church, the former temporal possessions of the popes. [O. Fr. estat (Fr. état)—L. status, from stāre, stātum, to stand.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. state

    1. Condition, situation. “What's the state of your latest hack?” “It's winning away.” “The system tried to read and write the disk simultaneously and got into a totally wedged state.” The standard question “What's your state?” means “What are you doing?” or “What are you about to do?” Typical answers are “about to gronk out”, or “hungry”. Another standard question is “What's the state of the world?”, meaning “What's new?” or “What's going on?”. The more terse and humorous way of asking these questions would be “State-p?”. Another way of phrasing the first question under sense 1 would be “state-p latest hack?”. 2. Information being maintained in non-permanent memory (electronic or human).

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. state

    In the British service, is a statement of the number of officers and men of any body of troops, distinguishing those present, those employed, absent, or sick, and the different ranks under separate headings.

Editors Contribution

  1. state

    A country

    The state is responsible to ensure income is shared equally

    Submitted by MaryC on May 22, 2021  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. STATE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, State is ranked #43006 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The State surname appeared 503 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname State.

    80.9% or 407 total occurrences were White.
    14.5% or 73 total occurrences were Black.
    2.5% or 13 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.1% or 6 total occurrences were of two or more races.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'state' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #218

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'state' in Written Corpus Frequency: #762

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'state' in Nouns Frequency: #34

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'state' in Verbs Frequency: #224

Anagrams for state »

  1. taste

  2. teats

  3. testa

  4. tates

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of state in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of state in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of state in a Sentence

  1. Vice President Mike Pence:

    Our team at FEMA is doing a remarkable job working with governors, state health officials and local hospitals. Particularly focused on our priority areas. We'll prefer the New York metro area, which includes New Jersey and Connecticut. We're focused on the New Orleans metro area in Louisiana. We're focusing on Detroit, we're focusing on Chicago, these are the areas where we see the significant rise in cases. And we are surging supplies, specifically ventilators, but all personal protective equipment from FEMA to those areas.

  2. John Kirby:

    We’re calling this an object because that’s the best description we have right now. We don’t know who owns it – whether it’s state-owned or corporate-owned or privately owned, we just don’t know.

  3. Jack Ciattarelli:

    We’ve sent a message to the entire nation. This is what I love about this state : Every single time it's gone too far off track, the people of this state have pushed, pulled and prodded it right back to where it needs to be.

  4. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve:

    I hope the state of emergency will have the shortest duration possible but at the same time that it will be in place long enough to ensure the French people are protected.

  5. Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick:

    I love this state, and I've worked hard all my life to put Arizona first.

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