Meaning of STATUS in English

STATUS

sta ‧ tus W2 AC /ˈsteɪtəs $ ˈsteɪtəs, ˈstæ-/ BrE AmE noun

[ Date: 1700-1800 ; Language: Latin ; Origin: ⇨ ↑ state 1 ]

1 . [uncountable and countable] the official legal position or condition of a person, group, country etc ⇨ standing :

These documents have no legal status in Britain.

What is your marital status (=are you married or not) ?

2 . [uncountable] your social or professional rank or position, considered in relation to other people

high/low status

low-status jobs

Doctors have traditionally enjoyed high social status.

3 . [uncountable] respect and importance that someone or something is given SYN prestige :

the status given to education

Mandela’s status as a world leader

4 . the status of something a situation at a particular time, especially in an argument, discussion etc:

What’s the status of the trade talks?

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COLLOCATIONS (for Meaning 2)

■ adjectives

▪ high status

They were men of high status and great influence.

▪ low status

People who work as carers have low status in our society.

▪ higher/superior status

Landowners had superior status.

▪ lower/inferior status

In parts of the world, women still have inferior status.

▪ exalted status formal (=very high)

They looked entirely at ease with their exalted status.

▪ equal status

Workers of equal status should be rewarded equally.

▪ social status

I lied about my family’s social status.

▪ socioeconomic status formal (=relating to your social rank and money)

migrant farm workers and others of low socioeconomic status

▪ professional status

His ambition was to attain the highest professional status.

■ verbs

▪ have high/low status ( also enjoy high/low status )

Here, old people are respected and have high social status.

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