state


state
[[t]ste͟ɪt[/t]]
states, stating, stated
1) N-COUNT You can refer to countries as states, particularly when you are discussing politics.

Mexico is a secular state and does not have diplomatic relations with the Vatican.

...students who have participated in exchanges with other member states of the European Community.

2) N-COUNT Some large countries such as the USA are divided into smaller areas called states.

Leaders of the Southern states are meeting in Louisville.

3) N-PROPER: the N The USA is sometimes referred to as the States. [INFORMAL]
4) N-SING: 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...

Eastern Europe shows that worker-owned factories can be as inefficient as state-owned ones.

5) ADJ: ADJ n State industries or organizations are financed and organized by the government rather than private companies.

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

6) ADJ: ADJ n A state occasion is a formal one involving the head of a country.

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

7) N-COUNT: usu sing, with supp 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...

When we moved here the walls and ceiling were in an awful state...

Look at the state of my car!

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

[V n] Clearly state your address and telephone number...

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

[V with quote] `Our relationship is totally platonic,' she stated...

[V-ed] Buyers who do not apply within the stated period can lose their deposits.

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9) See also , nation state, , welfare state
10) PHRASE: V inflects, PHR to-inf 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.

11) PHRASE: v-link PHR 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...

People will work themselves up into a state about anything.

12) PHRASE: V inflects If the dead body of an important person lies in state, it is publicly displayed for a few days before it is buried.

English dictionary. 2008.

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