Meaning of "state" in Essential American English Dictionary


noun us /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 Webster's Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)