Definition of "state" []

  • A condition or mode of being, as with regard to circumstances: a state of confusion. (noun)
  • A condition of being in a stage or form, as of structure, growth, or development: the fetal state. (noun)
  • A mental or emotional condition: in a manic state. (noun)
  • Informal A condition of excitement or distress. (noun)
  • Physics The condition of a physical system with regard to phase, form, composition, or structure: Ice is the solid state of water. (noun)
  • The condition of a person, thing, etc, with regard to main attributes (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The structure, form, or constitution of something (noun)
  • Any mode of existence (noun)
  • Position in life or society; estate (noun)
  • Ceremonious style, as befitting wealth or dignity (noun)
  • A sovereign political power or community (noun)
  • The territory occupied by such a community (noun)
  • The sphere of power in such a community (noun)
  • One of a number of areas or communities having their own governments and forming a federation under a sovereign government, as in the US (noun)
  • The body politic of a particular sovereign power, esp as contrasted with a rival authority such as the Church (noun)
  • A class or order; estate (noun)
  • A nervous, upset, or excited condition (esp in the phrase in a state) (noun)
  • Controlled or financed by a state (modifier)
  • Of, relating to, or concerning the State (modifier)
  • Involving ceremony or concerned with a ceremonious occasion (modifier)
  • To articulate in words; utter (verb)
  • To declare formally or publicly (verb)
  • To resolve (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "state" in a sentence
  • "Thus, state laws first had to be a valid substantive exercise of the state¡¦s police power before it was incorporated into Webb-Kenyon and could be applied to interstate shipments of liquor."
  • "Instead, the initial law that the state sought to enforce against interstate commerce must itself be an externally valid exercise of the state¡¦s police power."
  • "COLIN POWELL, SECRETARY OF STATE: And it also gave me the opportunity, as secretary of state, to thank him and to thank the Canadian people and the Canadian government, especially the prime minister for all the solid support that Canada has given to the United States in the days since the 11th of September."