Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “state”

See all translations

state

noun [C]  /steɪt/ us  

state noun [C] (WAY OF BEING)

a condition or way of being: The stable was preserved in its original state. Your room is in a terrible state. It's a sad state of affairs (= a bad situation) when our rivers are so endangered.

state noun [C] (PLACE)

politics & government one of the political units that some countries, such as the US, are divided into: New York State the State of Arizona politics & government A state is also a country or its government: the member states of the United Nationsthe States US history The States is another way of referring to the United States: When will you be visiting the States?

state

verb [T]  /steɪt/ us  

state verb [T] (EXPRESS)

to express information clearly and carefully: His will states the property is to be sold. Please state your preference.

state

adjective [not gradable]  /steɪt/ us  

state adjective [not gradable] (PLACE)

provided, created, or done by the state: a state legislature/law state police politics & government State also refers to formal or official government activities: a state dinner
(Definition of state from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of state?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “state” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

be as cold as ice

to be extremely cold

Word of the Day

Let’s celebrate! (words and phrases for parties)

by Kate Woodford,
December 17, 2014
​​​ With Christmas and New Year almost upon us, we thought it a good time to look at the language of parties and celebrations. First, let’s start with the word ‘party’ itself. To have or throw a party or, less commonly, to give a party is to arrange a party: We’re having a

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More