CONDITION [C] › the condition that something or someone is in: the state of the economy The building is in a terrible state.
in/into a state informal › very upset or nervous: Ben was in a real state before the exam.
PART OF COUNTRY [C] (also State) › one of the parts that some countries such as the US are divided into: Washington State Alaska is the largest state in the US. COUNTRY [C] › a country: a union of European states
the state › the government of a country: financial help from the state
state visit/occasion, etc › an important visit/occasion, etc involving the leader of a government