statenounuk us /steɪt/
state noun (CONDITION)
- Exercise can make a big difference to your state of health.
- The old railway cottages were in a state of dereliction.
- The whole office was in a state of disorder.
- Over the years the church has fallen into a state of neglect.
- I was in a state of shock for about two weeks after the accident.
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state noun (COUNTRY)
- 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 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 us /steɪt/
- He's a strong advocate of state ownership of the railways.
- They received state funding for the project.
- I'm not interested in state handouts - all I want is a job.
- The governor has denied making improper use of state money.
- The police couldn't arrest him because he'd fled across the state line.