(1)   The way something is with respect to its main attributes
"The current state of knowledge"
"His state of health"
"In a weak financial state"
(2)   The federal department in the United States that sets and maintains foreign policies
"The Department of State was created in 1789"
(3)   A politically organized body of people under a single government
"The state has elected a new president"
"African nations"
"Students who had come to the nation's capitol"
"The country's largest manufacturer"
"An industrialized land"
(4)   The group of people comprising the government of a sovereign state
"The state has lowered its income tax"
(5)   The territory occupied by a nation
"He returned to the land of his birth"
"He visited several European countries"
(6)   The territory occupied by one of the constituent administrative districts of a nation
"His state is in the deep south"
(7)   A state of depression or agitation
"He was in such a state you just couldn't reason with him"
(8)   (chemistry) the three traditional states of matter are solids (fixed shape and volume) and liquids (fixed volume and shaped by the container) and gases (filling the container)
"The solid state of water is called ice"


(9)   Put before
"I submit to you that the accused is guilty"
(10)   Express in words
"He said that he wanted to marry her"
"Tell me what is bothering you"
"State your opinion"
"State your name"
(11)   Indicate through a symbol, formula, etc.
"Can you express this distance in kilometers?"


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  1. Any sovereign polity. A government.
    • 20C, Albert Einstein, as quoted by Virgil Henshaw in Albert Einstein: Philosopher Scientist (1949)
      Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.
  2. A political division of a federation retaining a degree of autonomy, for example one of the fifty United States. See also Province.
  3. A condition.
    A state of being.
    A state of emergency.
  4. Pomp, ceremony, or dignity.
    The President's body will lie in state at the Capitol.
  5. The stable condition of a processor during a particular clock cycle.
    In the fetch state, the address of the next instruction is placed on the address bus.
  6. The set of all parameters relevant to a computation.
    The state here includes a set containing all names seen so far.
  7. The values of all parameters at some point in a computation.
    A debugger can show the state of a program at any breakpoint.
  8. A society larger than a tribe. A society large enough to form a state in the sense of a government.
  9. The physical property of matter as solid, liquid, gas or plasma

See also


  1. To declare to be a fact.
    He stated that he was willing to help.
  2. To make known.
    State your intentions.