I. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English stat, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French estat, from Latin status, from stare to stand — more at stand Date: 13th century 1. a. mode or condition of being <
a state of readiness
b. (1) condition of mind or temperament <
in a highly nervous state
(2) a condition of abnormal tension or excitement 2. a. a condition or stage in the physical being of something <
insects in the larval state
the gaseous state of water
b. any of various conditions characterized by definite quantities (as of energy, angular momentum, or magnetic moment) in which an atomic system may exist 3. a. social position; especially high rank b. (1) elaborate or luxurious style of living (2) formal dignity ; pomp — usually used with in 4. a. a body of persons constituting a special class in a society ; estate 3 b. plural the members or representatives of the governing classes assembled in a legislative body c. obsolete a person of high rank (as a noble) 5. a. a politically organized body of people usually occupying a definite territory; especially one that is sovereign b. the political organization of such a body of people c. a government or politically organized society having a particular character <
a police state
the welfare state
6. the operations or concerns of the government of a country 7. a. one of the constituent units of a nation having a federal government <
the fifty states
b. plural, capitalized The United States of America 8. the territory of a state II. transitive verb (stated; stating) Date: 1579 1. to set by regulation or authority 2. to express the particulars of especially in words ; report; broadly to express in words • statable or stateable adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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