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state

noun [C]  /steɪt/ us  

state noun [C] (WAY OF BEING)

a condition or way of being: The stable was preserved in its original state. Your room is in a terrible state. It's a sad state of affairs (= a bad situation) when our rivers are so endangered.

state noun [C] (PLACE)

politics & government one of the political units that some countries, such as the US, are divided into: New York State the State of Arizona politics & government A state is also a country or its government: the member states of the United Nationsthe States US history The States is another way of referring to the United States: When will you be visiting the States?

state

verb [T]  /steɪt/ us  

state verb [T] (EXPRESS)

to express information clearly and carefully: His will states the property is to be sold. Please state your preference.

state

adjective [not gradable]  /steɪt/ us  

state adjective [not gradable] (PLACE)

provided, created, or done by the state: a state legislature/law state police politics & government State also refers to formal or official government activities: a state dinner
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