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state

noun [C] (PLACE)   /steɪt/ politics & government
one of the political units that some countries, such as the US, are divided into: New York State the State of Arizona A state is also a country or its government: the member states of the United Nations the States US history The States is another way of referring to the United States: When will you be visiting the States?
(Definition of state noun (PLACE) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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