Definition of “state” - Learner’s Dictionary

state

noun uk us /steɪt/
CONDITION [ C ]

B2 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
the States

the United States of America

→ See also police state , welfare state

(Definition of “state noun” from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)