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noun state pronunciation in American English /steɪt/
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  1. 1
    [countable] [usually singular] the condition of something at a particular time
    the state of: We’re collecting data on the state of the environment.
    a state of: The country is drifting into a state of chaos.
    a sorry state (=a very bad condition): Our city’s transportation system is in a rather sorry state.
    1. a.
      a particular physical form that something has, especially when this can change
      The curators believe the painting can be restored to its original state.
    2. b.
      [singular] the physical or mental condition of someone at a particular time, usually when this is bad in some way
      A friend found the girl in the street in a distressed state.
      state of: The impact seemed to startle him into a state of panic.
      in an awful/dreadful/terrible state: By the time he got home, he was in a terrible state.
  2. 2
    [countable] a nation, or a country
    1. a.
      [countable] a region of a country that has its own government for some matters. A country that is divided into states is called a federal country
      The state of Michigan had revoked the license.
  3. 3
    [uncountable] the government of a country
    Should the state play a bigger role in industry?
    The ruling banned the state-run news media from promoting political candidates.
    See also head of state



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