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state

noun uk   /steɪt/ us  

state noun (CONDITION)

B2 [C] a condition or way of being that exists at a particular time: The building was in a state of disrepair. She was found wandering in a confused state (of mind). Give me the keys - you're in no fit state to drive. After the accident I was in a state of shock. I came home to an unhappy state of affairs (= situation). The kitchen was in its original state, with a 1920s sink and stove.Conditions and characteristics the state of play UK the present situation: The article provides a useful summary of the current state of play in the negotiations.Now

state noun (COUNTRY)

C1 [C or U] a country or its government: The drought is worst in the central African states. Britain is one of the member states of the European Union. The government was determined to reduce the number of state-owned industries. Some theatres receive a small amount of funding from the state.formal His diary included comments on affairs/matters of state (= information about government activities).Country and nationContinents and regions of the worldCountry names B1 [C] a part of a large country with its own government, such as in Germany, Australia, or the US: Alaska is the largest state in the US. Representatives are elected from each state.Parts of countries the States informal used to refer to the USCountry namesCountry and nationContinents and regions of the world in state If a king, queen, or government leader does something in state, they do it in a formal way as part of an official ceremony: The Queen rode in state to the opening of Parliament.Ceremonies

state

verb [T] uk   /steɪt/ formal us  
B2 to say or write something, especially clearly and carefully: Our warranty clearly states the limits of our liability. [+ (that)] Union members stated (that) they were unhappy with the proposal. [+ question word] Please state why you wish to apply for this grant. Children in the stated (= named) areas were at risk from a lack of food, the report said.Announcing, informing and stating

state

adjective [before noun] uk   /steɪt/ us  
B2 provided, created, or done by the state (= government of a country): state education/industries state legislature/law state control state funding/pensions/subsidiesPolitics State events are formal official ceremonies that involve a leader of a country or someone who represents the government: the state opening of Parliament a state funeralPolitics
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