Meaning of STATE in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ steɪt ]

( states, stating, stated)

Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.


You can refer to countries as states , particularly when you are discussing politics.

Some weeks ago I recommended to EU member states that we should have discussions with the Americans.



Some large countries such as the USA are divided into smaller areas called states .

Leaders of the Southern states are meeting in Louisville.



The USA is sometimes referred to as the States . ( INFORMAL )

N-PROPER : the N


You can refer to the government of a country as the state .

The state does not collect enough revenue to cover its expenditure...

N-SING : the N


State industries or organizations are financed and organized by the government rather than private companies.

...reform of the state social-security system.

see state school



A state occasion is a formal one involving the head of a country.

The president of Czechoslovakia is in Washington on a state visit.



When you talk about the state of someone or something, you are referring to the condition they are in or what they are like at a particular time.

For the first few months after Daniel died, I was in a state of clinical depression...

Look at the state of my car!

N-COUNT : usu sing , with supp


If you state something, you say or write it in a formal or definite way.

Clearly state your address and telephone number...

The police report stated that he was arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife...

‘Our relationship is totally platonic,’ she stated...

Buyers who do not apply within the stated period can lose their deposits.

VERB : V n , V that , V with quote , V-ed


see also head of state , nation state , police state , welfare state


If you say that someone is not in a fit state to do something, you mean that they are too upset or ill to do it.

When you left our place, you weren’t in a fit state to drive.

PHRASE : V inflects , PHR to-inf


If you are in a state or if you get into a state , you are very upset or nervous about something.

I was in a terrible state because nobody could understand why I had this illness...

PHRASE : v-link PHR


If the dead body of an important person lies in state , it is publicly displayed for a few days before it is buried.

PHRASE : V inflects

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