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state

noun (COUNTRY)    /steɪt/
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
(Definition of state noun (COUNTRY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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