Definition of state
What does the word state mean?
part of speech: verb transitive
Express, esp. fully or clearly, in speech or writing, as have stated my opinion, must s. full particulars, this condition was expressly stated, no precise time was stated, did not s. why, states that arrangements are complete; fix, specify, (date &c.), as at stated intervals, whence statedly adv.; (Alg.) express the conditions of (problem, relation, &c.) in symbols. Hence statable a.
part of speech: noun, adjective
Condition in which a thing is, mode of existence as determined by circumstances, as a precarious s. of health, found him in the same s., in a s. of deep depression, things were in an untidy s., in a bad s. of repair, what a (dirty, untidy) s. you are in!, (colloq.) he was in quite a s. (quite excited or anxious) about it; (often S-) organized political community with government recognized by the people, commonwealth, nation; such community forming part of federal republic, esp. the United Ss. (of America); (pl.) legislative body in Jersey& Guernsey; civil government, as Church &S.; rank, dignity, as in a style befitting his s.; pomp, as arrived in great s., keep s., maintain one\'s dignity, be difficult of access; (archaic) throne (also chair of s.), dais, canopy over throne; (of dead person) lie in s., be placed on view in public place; free, slave, S. (United States), S. in which slavery did not, did, exist; Southern Ss. (in southern part of United States); Ss. of the Church, Papal Ss., former temporal dominions of Pope chiefly in central Italy; Ss. General, legislative bodies of (1) the Netherlands (2) France before 1879; statecraft, art of conducting affairs of S. (Adj.) of, for, concerned with, the S., as s. criminal, political offender, s. documents, service, s.prisoner, person under arrest for felony, also political prisoner, s. trial, prosecution by S. esp. for political offence; S. rights (United States), right& powers not delegated to United States but reserved to individual Ss.; S. socialism, socialist, policy, advocate, of S. control of manufactures, railways, &c. for the benefit of the masses; reserved for, done on, occasions of ceremony, as s. apartments, carriage, s. call (colloq.), formal visit; s. room, room so reserved, also, private sleeping-apartment on steamer. [old French]