state noun (CONDITION)
the state of play UK
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state noun (COUNTRY)
Representatives are elected from each state.
the States informal
› used to refer to the US
- All attempts at diplomacy have broken down and the two states now appear to be on a collision course.
- Abortion is restricted in some American states.
- The United States is a federation of 50 individual states.
- Representatives of the member states will be meeting next week.
- The creation of independent states has led to a resurgence of nationalism.
stateverb [ T ]uk /steɪt/ us /steɪt/ formal
- He stated firmly that no concessions will be made to the strikers.
- The rebel leaders stated that they are willing to enter into dialogue with the government.
- The police stated that some 50 rounds had been discharged.
- The assessor stated that the fire damage was not as severe as the hotel's owner had claimed.
- All recipes in this book, unless otherwise stated, will serve four to five people.
stateadjective [ before noun ]uk /steɪt/ us /steɪt/
the state opening of Parliament
a state funeral