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English definition of “state”

state

noun
 
/steɪt/
the condition that something or someone is in: the state of the economy Ben was in a state of shock after the fire. The building is in a terrible state.
(also State) one of the parts that some countries are divided into: Alaska is the largest state in the U.S.
the state the government of a country: financial help from the state
(Definition of state noun from the Websters Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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