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noun state pronunciation in American English /steɪt/ 
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singularstate
pluralstates
  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.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of 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.

      Synonyms and related words for this sense of state
  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
  4. 4

    the States

    informal the United States of America

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