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noun status pronunciation in British English /ˈsteɪtəs/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the legal position of a person, country etc

    Manuel applied for legal immigrant status after living here for two years.

    Will I be officially self-employed, or will I have employee status?

  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] someone’s position in a profession or society, especially compared with other people
    social/professional status:

    Our organization seeks to improve the social status of disabled people.

    high/low/privileged status:

    Dr Harrison held a high status at the university.

    1. a.
      a high social position that makes other people respect and admire you

      Duffield has a lot of status among fellow businessmen.

  3. 3
    [uncountable] the level of importance or progress in a particular situation or discussion

    Officials are now discussing the current status of the health reform laws.

  4. 4
    [countable] a posting on a social networking site that tells other members what you are thinking or doing

    Everyone always asks us, what are the funniest status updates?


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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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