Other forms: stated; states; stating

State can be a condition — like solid, liquid, or gas, or even sad or happy. It can also be a state as in Idaho or New York. To state is to say something.

State comes from the Latin status, meaning "condition of a country." Interestingly, even before the Revolutionary War, Britain called the American colonies states. The “States” still refers to America, but state can refer to any country’s civil government. The idea of state as a physical or emotional condition came later. Depending on your state of mind, you can state that the state of your state is awesome. Unless it’s in a state of emergency, which is no good.

Definitions of state
  1. noun
    the way something is with respect to its main attributes
    “the current state of knowledge”
    “his state of health”
    “in a weak financial state
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    the experiencing of affective and emotional states
    the state of being cognitively skillful
    the state of being split or cleft
    a state that is intermediate between extremes; a middle position
    the state of being ornamented
    a mode of being or form of existence of a person or thing
    condition, status
    a state at a particular time
    the state of being conditional
    ground state
    (physics) the lowest energy state of an atom or other particle
    the state of being a nation
    situation, state of affairs
    the general state of things; the combination of circumstances at a given time
    a state of connectedness between people (especially an emotional connection)
    a state involving mutual dealings between people or parties or countries
    the state of living together in tribes
    ideally perfect state; especially in its social and political and moral aspects
    state in which the conditions of life are extremely bad as from deprivation or oppression or terror
    natural state, state of nature, wild
    a wild primitive state untouched by civilization
    the state of being an isomer; the complex of chemical and physical phenomena characteristic of isomers
    degree, level, point, stage
    a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process
    office, power
    (of a government or government official) holding an office means being in power
    position, status
    the relative position or standing of things or especially persons in a society
    being, beingness, existence
    the state or fact of existing
    the state of not being
    the absence of life or state of being dead
    employ, employment
    the state of being employed or having a job
    joblessness, unemployment
    the state of being unemployed or not having a job
    established customary state (especially of society)
    a disturbance of the peace or of public order
    antagonism, enmity, hostility
    a state of deep-seated ill-will
    a state of opposition between persons or ideas or interests
    the degree of visibility of your environment
    the condition of being free; the power to act or speak or think without externally imposed restraints
    agency, delegacy, representation
    the state of serving as an official and authorized delegate or agent
    dependance, dependence, dependency
    the state of relying on or being controlled by someone or something else
    a state of change
    lifelessness, motionlessness, stillness
    a state of no motion or movement
    dead letter, non-issue
    the state of something that has outlived its relevance
    action, activeness, activity
    the state of being active
    inaction, inactiveness, inactivity
    the state of being inactive
    temporary state
    a state that continues for a limited time
    forthcomingness, imminence, imminency, imminentness, impendence, impendency
    the state of being imminent and liable to happen soon
    preparation, preparedness, readiness
    the state of having been made ready or prepared for use or action (especially military action)
    flux, state of flux
    a state of uncertainty about what should be done (usually following some important event) preceding the establishment of a new direction of action
    the presence of excess potassium in the circulating blood
    the state of being enlarged
    the state of lacking unity
    unification, union
    the state of being joined or united or linked
    matureness, maturity
    state of being mature; full development
    immatureness, immaturity
    not having reached maturity
    grace, saving grace, state of grace
    (Christian theology) a state of sanctification by God; the state of one who is under such divine influence
    eternal damnation
    the state of being condemned to eternal punishment in Hell
    the state of being omniscient; having infinite knowledge
    the state of being omnipotent; having unlimited power
    flawlessness, ne plus ultra, perfection
    the state of being without a flaw or defect
    integrity, unity, wholeness
    an undivided or unbroken completeness or totality with nothing wanting
    imperfection, imperfectness
    the state or an instance of being imperfect
    the state of property that is in the hands of a receiver
    the state or fact of being an owner
    the state of being obligated to do or pay something
    death, destruction, end
    a final state
    annulment, revocation
    the state of being cancelled or annulled
    the state of being fit for market; ready to be bought or sold
    (biology) the normal rigid state of fullness of a cell or blood vessel or capillary resulting from pressure of the contents against the wall or membrane
    the state of being homozygous; having two identical alleles of the same gene
    the state of being heterozygous; having two different alleles of the same gene
    the state resulting when juvenile characteristics are retained by the adults of a species
    the state of being plural
    polyvalence, polyvalency
    (toxicology) the state of being capable of counteracting more than one toxin or antigen or kind of microorganism
    multivalence, multivalency, polyvalence, polyvalency
    (chemistry) the state of having a valence greater than two
    the state of being a father
    utilisation, utilization
    the state of having been made use of
    a stable state or level after a period of progress or activity
    a state of dysfunction and stagnation, as of a society
    the condition or result of being changeable
    status in the eyes of others
    expertise, expertness
    skillfulness by virtue of possessing special knowledge
    skillfulness with the hands
    the skillful and effective interaction of movements
    having a wide variety of skills
    command, control, mastery
    great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity
    adeptness, adroitness, deftness, facility, quickness
    skillful performance or ability without difficulty
    skillfulness in speaking or writing
    proficiency, technique
    skillfulness in the command of fundamentals deriving from practice and familiarity
    skillfulness in avoiding wasted time and effort
    the conscious subjective aspect of feeling or emotion
    any strong feeling
    a persistent illogical feeling of desire or aversion
    a feeling of considerable warmth
    a feeling of faintness and of being ready to swoon
    soul, soulfulness
    deep feeling or emotion
    passion, passionateness
    a strong feeling or emotion
    tender, romantic, or nostalgic feeling or emotion
    (psychoanalysis) a combination of emotions and impulses that have been rejected from awareness but still influence a person's behavior
    ambivalence, ambivalency
    mixed feelings or emotions
    an absence of emotion or enthusiasm
    the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state
    sex, sexual urge
    all of the feelings resulting from the urge to gratify sexual impulses
    pleasance, pleasure
    a fundamental feeling that is hard to define but that people desire to experience
    pain, painfulness
    emotional distress; a fundamental feeling that people try to avoid
    pang, stab, twinge
    a sudden sharp feeling
    a feeling of pleasure and enjoyment
    a feeling of aversion or antipathy
    a feeling of thankfulness and appreciation
    ingratitude, ungratefulness
    a lack of gratitude
    a feeling of lack of concern
    a painful emotion resulting from an awareness of inadequacy or guilt
    pride, pridefulness
    a feeling of self-respect and personal worth
    humbleness, humility
    a humble feeling
    amazement, astonishment
    the feeling that accompanies something extremely surprising
    the feeling of being confounded or overwhelmed
    the feeling that something is about to happen
    feeling an inappropriate lack of seriousness
    gravity, solemnity
    a solemn and dignified feeling
    sensitiveness, sensitivity
    sensitivity to emotional feelings (of self and others)
    the feeling of being agitated; not calm
    a feeling of calm; an absence of agitation or excitement
    bravery, fearlessness
    feeling no fear
    emotions experienced when in a state of well-being
    sadness, unhappiness
    emotions experienced when not in a state of well-being
    the general feeling that some desire will be fulfilled
    the feeling that everything is wrong and nothing will turn out well
    affection, affectionateness, fondness, heart, philia, tenderness, warmheartedness, warmness
    a positive feeling of liking
    humor, humour, mood, temper
    a characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of feeling
    fellow feeling, sympathy
    sharing the feelings of others (especially feelings of sorrow or anguish)
    a feeling of excitement
    a solid bulblike enlargement of the stem of some orchids
    the condition of being secured to a base
    the general condition of body and mind
    modality, mode
    a particular functioning condition or arrangement
    ecological niche, niche
    (ecology) the status of an organism within its environment and community (affecting its survival as a species)
    noise conditions
    the condition of being noisy (as in a communication channel)
    involvement, participation
    the condition of sharing in common with others (as fellows or partners etc.)
    the condition of being prepossessed
    regularisation, regularization
    the condition of having been made regular (or more regular)
    a condition in which a quantity no longer responds to some external influence
    the state of being silent (as when no one is speaking)
    position, situation
    a condition or position in which you find yourself
    ski conditions
    the amount and state of snow for skiing
    the status or fact of being elected
    the condition of having been proposed as a suitable candidate for appointment or election
    absurd, the absurd
    a situation in which life seems irrational and meaningless
    account, business relationship
    a formal contractual relationship established to provide for regular banking or brokerage or business services
    acquaintance, acquaintanceship
    a relationship less intimate than friendship
    affiliation, association, tie, tie-up
    a social or business relationship
    (psychoanalysis) relationship marked by strong dependence on others; especially a libidinal attachment to e.g. a parental figure
    the state of being assimilated; people of different backgrounds come to see themselves as part of a larger national family
    friendly relationship, friendship
    the state of being friends (or friendly)
    love affair, romance
    a relationship between two lovers
    the state of being a member
    the state of being acceptable and accepted
    ballgame, new ballgame
    a particular situation that is radically different from the preceding situation
    a demanding or stimulating situation
    the condition of being without offspring
    a situation or condition that is complex or confused
    a situation in which people or things are crowded together
    loss of equilibrium attributable to an unstable situation in which some forces outweigh others
    the situation in which you are happiest and most effective
    the totality of surrounding conditions
    a stable situation in which forces cancel one another
    the state of being excluded
    fish bowl, fishbowl, goldfish bowl
    a state of affairs in which you have no privacy
    a situation that is ideal for rapid development (especially of something bad)
    the state of being included
    the situation of being or dying without a legally valid will
    picture, scene
    a situation treated as an observable object
    prison, prison house
    a prisonlike situation; a place of seeming confinement
    the state of being rejected
    size, size of it
    the actual state of affairs
    square one
    the situation in which you begin an endeavor and to which you return if your efforts fail
    status quo
    the existing state of affairs
    standardisation, standardization
    the condition in which a standard has been successfully established
    (optics) condition of an optical system (as a lens) in which light rays from a single point converge in a single focal point
    astigmatism, astigmia
    (optics) defect in an optical system in which light rays from a single point fail to converge in a single focal point
    social stratification, stratification
    the condition of being arranged in social strata or classes within a group
    the condition of things generally
    ascending stages by which somebody or something can progress
    acme, elevation, height, meridian, peak, pinnacle, summit, superlative, tiptop, top, zenith
    the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development
    the point or degree to which something extends
    end point, resultant
    the final point in a process
    standard of life, standard of living
    a level of material comfort in terms of goods and services available to someone or some group
    a level of existence or development
    state of the art
    the highest degree of development of an art or technique at a particular time
    ultimacy, ultimateness
    the state or degree of being ultimate; the final or most extreme in degree or size or time or distance, "the ultimacy of these social values"
    the expected or commonplace condition or situation
    a condition that accompanies or influences some event or activity
    the state or condition of having no home (especially the state of living in the streets)
    a special situation
    the condition of being reinstated
    executive clemency
    the power (usually of a president or governor) to pardon or commute the sentence of someone convicted in that jurisdiction
    war power
    an extraordinary power exercised (usually by the executive branch) in the prosecution of a war and involving an extension of the powers that the government normally has in peacetime
    equality, equation, equivalence, par
    a state of being essentially equal or equivalent; equally balanced
    echelon, rank, social rank, social station, social status
    position in a social hierarchy
    proper or appropriate position or location
    social or financial or professional status or reputation
    high status
    a position of superior status
    high ground
    a position of superiority over opponents or competitors
    high profile
    a position attracting much attention and publicity
    Holy Order, Order
    (usually plural) the status or rank or office of a Christian clergyman in an ecclesiastical hierarchy
    low status, lowliness, lowness
    a position of inferior status; low in station or rank or fortune or estimation
    legal status
    a status defined by law
    bar sinister, bastardy, illegitimacy
    the status of being born to parents who were not married
    the status of being born of a morganatic marriage
    a position of highest authority
    the status of belonging to a particular nation by birth or naturalization
    footing, terms
    status with respect to the relations between people or groups
    the state of being retired from one's business or occupation
    the state of actually existing objectively
    eternity, timeless existence, timelessness
    a state of eternal existence believed in some religions to characterize the afterlife
    existing in a former state or previous to something else
    existing peacefully together
    the state of existing in reality; having substance
    the state of being present; current existence
    nonentity, nonexistence
    the state of not existing
    the course of existence of an individual; the actions and events that occur in living
    aliveness, animation, life, living
    the condition of living or the state of being alive
    eternal rest, eternal sleep, quietus, rest, sleep
    euphemism for death (based on an analogy between lying in a bed and in a tomb)
    defunctness, extinction
    no longer in existence
    a characteristic state or mode of living
    transcendence, transcendency
    a state of being or existence above and beyond the limits of material experience
    an unmarried status
    the condition or quality of being a virgin
    civil order, polity
    the form of government of a social organization
    rule of law
    a state of order in which events conform to the law
    quiet, tranquility, tranquillity
    an untroubled state; free from disturbances
    concord, concordance, consonance, harmony
    a harmonious state of things in general and of their properties (as of colors and sounds); congruity of parts with one another and with the whole
    a stable order (especially of society)
    the state prevailing during the absence of war
    anarchy, lawlessness
    a state of lawlessness and disorder (usually resulting from a failure of government)
    an unstable order
    disorder resulting from a failure to behave predictably
    riot, rioting
    a state of disorder involving group violence
    disorderliness, roughness, rowdiness, rowdyism
    rowdy behavior
    commotion, disruption, disturbance, flutter, hoo-ha, hoo-hah, hurly burly, kerfuffle, to-do
    a disorderly outburst or tumult
    discord, strife
    lack of agreement or harmony
    Sturm und Drang, turbulence, upheaval
    a state of violent disturbance and disorder (as in politics or social conditions generally)
    latent hostility, tension
    feelings of hostility that are not manifest
    clash, friction
    a state of conflict between persons
    a state of conflict between colors
    state of war, war
    a legal state created by a declaration of war and ended by official declaration during which the international rules of war apply
    cold war
    a state of political hostility between countries using means short of armed warfare
    disagreement, dissension, dissonance, misunderstanding
    a conflict of people's opinions or actions or characters
    the state of being suspected
    light, lighting
    having abundant light or illumination
    dark, darkness
    absence of light or illumination
    a state or condition of being innocent of a specific crime or offense
    innocence, pureness, purity, sinlessness, whiteness
    the state of being unsullied by sin or moral wrong; lacking a knowledge of evil
    guilt, guiltiness
    the state of having committed an offense
    academic freedom
    the freedom of teachers and students to express their ideas in school without religious or political or institutional restrictions
    freedom from political subjugation or servitude
    blank check, free hand
    freedom to do as you see fit
    free rein, play
    the removal of constraints
    freedom of the seas
    the right of merchant ships to travel freely in international waters
    independence, independency
    freedom from control or influence of another or others
    freedom of choice
    civil liberty, political liberty
    one's freedom to exercise one's rights as guaranteed under the laws of the country
    personal freedom from servitude or confinement or oppression
    (Russia) freedom
    subjection, subjugation
    forced submission to control by others
    the condition of being enclosed (as in a capsule)
    free agency
    (sports) the state of a professional athlete who is free to negotiate a contract to play for any team
    legal representation
    personal representation that has legal status
    the state of needing help from something
    the state of relying on something
    the state of being subordinate to something
    the state of being contingent on something
    polarisation, polarization
    the condition of having or giving polarity
    palpitation, quiver, quivering, shakiness, shaking, trembling, vibration
    a shaky motion
    perpetual motion
    motion that continues indefinitely without any external source of energy; impossible in practice because of friction
    the motion of a spinning body (as a top) in which it wobbles so that the axis of rotation sweeps out a cone
    flow, stream
    something that resembles a flowing stream in moving continuously
    fixedness, immobility, stationariness
    remaining in place
    the state of being in action or exerting power
    a harmful or corrupting agency
    busyness, hum
    the state of being or appearing to be actively engaged in an activity
    behavior, behaviour
    the action or reaction of something (as a machine or substance) under specified circumstances
    eructation, eruption, extravasation
    (of volcanos) pouring out fumes or lava (or a deposit so formed)
    the state of being in effect or being operative
    the state of high or excessive activity or productivity or concentration
    a state in which action is feasible
    a state of steady vigorous action that is characteristic of an activity
    abeyance, suspension
    temporary cessation or suspension
    inactivity and lack of energy
    arrest, check, halt, hitch, stay, stop, stoppage
    the state of inactivity following an interruption
    an inflexible and unchanging state
    deep freeze
    temporary inactivity or suspension
    a state of inactivity or disuse
    dormancy, quiescence, quiescency
    a state of quiet (but possibly temporary) inaction
    no longer active; extinguished
    holding pattern
    a state of inaction with no progress and no change
    a state of inaction
    doldrums, stagnancy, stagnation
    a state of inactivity (in business or art etc)
    stagnancy, stagnation
    inactivity of liquids; being stagnant; standing still; without current or circulation
    inactivity resulting from a static balance between opposing forces
    frame of mind, state of mind
    a temporary psychological state
    fatigue, tiredness, weariness
    temporary loss of strength and energy resulting from hard physical or mental work
    the state of being depleted
    drunkenness, inebriation, inebriety, insobriety, intoxication, tipsiness
    a temporary state resulting from excessive consumption of alcohol
    soberness, sobriety
    the state of being sober and not intoxicated by alcohol
    sleeplessness, wakefulness
    a temporary state in which you are unable (or unwilling) to sleep
    drowsiness, sleepiness, somnolence
    a very sleepy state
    poised for action
    alert, qui vive
    condition of heightened watchfulness or preparation for action
    a state in which martial law applies
    a tense critical situation
    physical condition, physiological condition, physiological state
    the condition or state of the body or bodily functions
    the stage of pregnancy at which the mother first feels the movements of the fetus
    introversion, invagination
    the condition of being folded inward or sheathed
    the condition of belonging to a particular place or group by virtue of social or ethnic or cultural lineage
    hyalinisation, hyalinization
    the state of being hyaline or having become hyaline
    vacuolation, vacuolisation, vacuolization
    the state of having become filled with vacuoles
    the condition of being protuberant; the condition of bulging out
    lysogenicity, lysogeny
    the condition of a host bacterium that has incorporated a phage into its own genetic material
    (medicine) a curving or bending; often abnormal
    neonatal death
    death of a liveborn infant within the first 28 days of life
    SIDS, cot death, crib death, infant death, sudden infant death syndrome
    sudden and unexpected death of an apparently healthy infant during sleep
    lump, puffiness, swelling
    an abnormal protuberance or localized enlargement
    mental condition, mental state, psychological condition, psychological state
    (psychology) a mental condition in which the qualities of a state are relatively constant even though the state itself may be dynamic
    a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome
    discreteness, distinctness, separateness, severalty
    the state of being several and distinct
    a state of separation between persons or groups
    lack of connection or continuity
    disconnectedness, disconnection, disjunction, disjuncture
    state of being disconnected
    coalition, fusion
    the state of being combined into one body
    connectedness, connection, link
    the state of being connected
    colligation, conjugation, conjunction, junction
    the state of being joined together
    the state of being connected together as in memory or imagination
    the state of being unconnected in memory or imagination
    a close and intimate union
    the union (or attempted fusion) of different systems of thought or belief (especially in religion or philosophy)
    improvement, melioration
    a condition superior to an earlier condition
    declination, decline
    a condition inferior to an earlier condition; a gradual falling off from a better state
    the state (and responsibilities) of a person who has attained maturity
    the state of being ripe
    early maturity; the state of being young or immature or inexperienced
    post-maturity, post-menopause
    the state in which women have stopped ovulating
    the state of not being ripe
    callowness, jejuneness, juvenility
    lacking and evidencing lack of experience of life
    prematureness, prematurity
    the state of being premature
    in the state that someone is in between puberty and adulthood
    childhood, puerility
    the state of a child between infancy and adolescence
    babyhood, infancy
    the earliest state of immaturity
    relative status
    social status or position conferred by a system based on class
    high office or rank or station
    nobility, noblesse
    the state of being of noble birth
    the status of being ordained to a sacred office
    a position of great esteem (and supposed superiority)
    the status of a leader
    the state of being noble
    ascendance, ascendancy, ascendence, ascendency, control, dominance
    the state that exists when one person or group has power over another
    comfort, comfortableness
    a state of being relaxed and feeling no pain
    discomfort, uncomfortableness
    the state of being tense and feeling pain
    demand, need
    a condition requiring relief
    the condition of being filled to capacity
    the state of containing nothing
    nakedness, nudeness, nudity
    the state of being without clothing or covering of any kind
    depilation, hairlessness
    the condition of being void of hair
    deshabille, dishabille
    the state of being carelessly or partially dressed
    fire and brimstone
    (Old Testament) God's means of destroying sinners
    God's Wisdom
    the omniscience of a divine being
    God's Will
    the omnipotence of a divine being
    someone or something wonderful
    cultivation, culture, finish, polish, refinement
    a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality
    state of perfection; the utmost degree
    the state of being unimpaired
    the state of being complete and entire; having everything that is needed
    incompleteness, rawness
    the state of being crude and incomplete and imperfect
    failing, weakness
    a flaw or weak point
    an imperfection in a plan or theory or legal document that causes it to fail or that reduces its effectiveness
    an imperfection in a bodily system
    defect, fault, flaw
    an imperfection in an object or machine
    an imperfection in someone or something that is suggestive of a wart (especially in smallness or unattractiveness)
    defectiveness, faultiness
    the state of being defective
    crudeness, crudity, primitiveness, primitivism, rudeness
    a wild or unrefined state
    circumstances, destiny, fate, fortune, lot, luck, portion
    your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you)
    possibility, possibleness
    capability of existing or happening or being true
    full of hope
    despair, desperation
    a state in which all hope is lost or absent
    pureness, purity
    being undiluted or unmixed with extraneous material
    impureness, impurity
    the condition of being impure
    financial condition
    the condition of (corporate or personal) finances
    economic condition
    the condition of the economy
    financial obligation, indebtedness, liability
    an obligation to pay money to another party
    sanitary condition
    the state of sanitation (clean or dirty)
    the state of aggregation of soil and its condition for supporting plant growth
    order, orderliness
    a condition of regular or proper arrangement
    disorder, disorderliness
    a condition in which things are not in their expected places
    normalcy, normality
    being within certain limits that define the range of normal functioning
    presence of lactose in the urine; can occur during pregnancy or lactation
    environmental condition
    the state of the environment
    climate, mood
    the prevailing psychological state
    ambiance, ambience, atmosphere
    a particular environment or surrounding influence
    immunity, unsusceptibility
    the state of not being susceptible
    immunity, resistance
    (medicine) the condition in which an organism can resist disease
    the condition of being something that is useful in reaching an end or carrying out a plan
    susceptibility, susceptibleness
    the state of being susceptible; easily affected
    the condition of containing or being covered by a liquid (especially water)
    dryness, waterlessness, xerotes
    the condition of not containing or being covered by a liquid (especially water)
    the state of being certain that adverse effects will not be caused by some agent under defined conditions
    the condition of being susceptible to harm or injury
    tautness, tenseness, tension, tensity
    the physical condition of being stretched or strained
    amyotonia, atonia, atonicity, atony
    lack of normal muscular tension or tonus
    laxity, laxness
    the condition of being physiologically lax
    a formal way of referring to the condition of something
    a state or condition free from damage or decay
    muteness, mutism
    the condition of being unable or unwilling to speak
    eye condition
    the condition of the optical properties of the eye
    a condition of damage or decay
    the condition of being improper
    dark, darkness, iniquity, wickedness
    absence of moral or spiritual values
    illumination, light
    a condition of spiritual awareness; divine illumination
    disease, malady
    any unwholesome or desperate condition
    the state of being purchasable; offered or exhibited for selling
    the most severe stage of a disease
    the condition of being serrated
    the condition of being amphidiploid
    the condition of being diploid
    the condition of being haploid
    the condition of being heteroploid
    the condition of being polyploid
    the condition in which an organism has two or more cell populations that differ in genetic makeup
    orphanage, orphanhood
    the condition of being a child without living parents
    the condition of having or being marked by stigmata
    condition in which a person assumes the identity and permanently acts the part of the gender opposite to his or her biological sex
    the condition of being formally forgiven by a priest in the sacrament of penance
    the condition of being automatically operated or controlled
    brutalisation, brutalization
    the condition of being treated in a cruel and savage manner
    the condition of being strongly disapproved of
    the condition of being treated like a god
    the condition of being varied
    the condition of being relieved from blame or obligation
    the condition of being made easy (or easier)
    the condition of being formed into small tight curls
    the condition of bearing fruit
    hospitalisation, hospitalization
    the condition of being treated as a patient in a hospital
    the condition of having the identity (of a person or object) established
    the condition of being pressed closely together and firmly fixed
    ionisation, ionization
    the condition of being dissociated into ions (as by heat or radiation or chemical reaction or electrical discharge)
    the condition of being exposed to radiation
    the condition of permitting leaks or leakage
    the condition of having been made smooth or slippery by the application of a lubricant
    mechanisation, mechanization
    the condition of having a highly technical implementation
    the condition of being motivated
    a condition resembling that of a mummy
    the condition of being (well or ill) preserved
    the condition of being prognathous; the condition of having a projecting jaw
    the condition naturally attaching to life in the country
    the condition of being coated or clogged with rust
    scandalisation, scandalization
    the condition of being shocked (as by improper behavior)
    a position in a hierarchy or organization
    a relatively insignificant position from which future progress might be made
    the condition of having submitted to control by someone or something else
    urbanisation, urbanization
    the condition of being urbanized
    the right to keep a job permanently, especially a teaching job
    the history and background of someone or something, especially as a sign of quality, status, or legitimacy
    type of:
    an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity
  2. noun
    (chemistry) the three traditional states of matter are solids (fixed shape and volume) and liquids (fixed volume and shaped by the container) and gases (filling the container)
    “the solid state of water is called ice”
    synonyms: state of matter
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    form, phase
    (physical chemistry) a distinct state of matter in a system; matter that is identical in chemical composition and physical state and separated from other material by the phase boundary
    liquid, liquid state, liquidity, liquidness
    the state in which a substance exhibits a characteristic readiness to flow with little or no tendency to disperse and relatively high incompressibility
    solid, solid state, solidness
    the state in which a substance has no tendency to flow under moderate stress; resists forces (such as compression) that tend to deform it; and retains a definite size and shape
    gas, gaseous state
    the state of matter distinguished from the solid and liquid states by: relatively low density and viscosity; relatively great expansion and contraction with changes in pressure and temperature; the ability to diffuse readily; and the spontaneous tendency to become distributed uniformly throughout any container
    (physical chemistry) a fourth state of matter distinct from solid or liquid or gas and present in stars and fusion reactors; a gas becomes a plasma when it is heated until the atoms lose all their electrons, leaving a highly electrified collection of nuclei and free electrons
    interplanetary gas
    a rarefied flow of gas and charged particles (plasma) that stream from the sun and form the solar wind
    dispersed particles, dispersed phase
    (of colloids) a substance in the colloidal state
    dispersing medium, dispersing phase, dispersion medium
    (of colloids) a substance in which another is colloidally dispersed
    type of:
    chemical phenomenon
    any natural phenomenon involving chemistry (as changes to atoms or molecules)
  3. noun
    a state of depression or agitation
    “he was in such a state you just couldn't reason with him”
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    emotional state, spirit
    the state of a person's emotions (especially with regard to pleasure or dejection)
  4. noun
    a politically organized body of people under a single government
    “the state has elected a new president”
    synonyms: body politic, commonwealth, country, land, nation, res publica
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    Tamil Eelam
    the independent state that the Tamil Tigers have fought for
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    commonwealth country
    any of the countries in the British Commonwealth
    developing country
    a country that is poor and whose citizens are mostly agricultural workers but that wants to become more advanced socially and economically
    one of the self-governing nations in the British Commonwealth
    foreign country
    any state of which one is not a citizen
    the German state
    renegade state, rogue nation, rogue state
    a state that does not respect other states in its international actions
    a state exercising a degree of dominion over a dependent state especially in its foreign affairs
    sea power
    a nation that possesses formidable naval strength
    great power, major power, power, superpower, world power
    a state powerful enough to influence events throughout the world
    city state, city-state
    a state consisting of a sovereign city
    a friendly nation
    Hohenzollern empire, Second Reich
    the Reich when Hohenzollern monarchs ruled Germany (from 1871 to 1919)
    Nazi Germany, Third Reich
    the Nazi dictatorship under Hitler (1933-1945)
    a leading or paramount power
    type of:
    political entity, political unit
    a unit with political responsibilities
  5. noun
    the group of people comprising the government of a sovereign state
    “the state has lowered its income tax”
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    the government of the Soviet Union
    welfare state
    a government that undertakes responsibility for the welfare of its citizens through programs in public health and public housing and pensions and unemployment compensation etc.
    type of:
    authorities, government, regime
    the organization that is the governing authority of a political unit
  6. noun
    the territory occupied by a nation
    synonyms: country, land
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    Antigua and Barbuda
    a country in the northern Leeward Islands
    Republic of Cape Verde
    an island country in the Atlantic off the coast of Senegal
    Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
    a republic on the island of Ceylon; became independent of the United Kingdom in 1948
    Federal Islamic Republic of the Comoros
    a country on the Comoro Islands
    Republic of Cuba
    a communist state in the Caribbean on the island of Cuba
    Republic of Haiti
    a republic in the West Indies on the western part of the island of Hispaniola; achieved independence from France in 1804; the poorest and most illiterate nation in the western hemisphere
    Dominican Republic
    a republic in the West Indies; located on the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola
    a country on the island of Jamaica; became independent of England in 1962; much poverty; the major industry is tourism
    a parliamentary democracy on the island of Barbados; former British colony; a popular resort area
    Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
    an island republic in the West Indies off the northeastern coast of Venezuela; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1962
    Republic of Cyprus
    a country on the island of Cyprus; 80% of the people are of Greek origin and 20% or Turkish origin
    Commonwealth of Dominica
    a country on the island of Dominica
    East Timor
    a former Portuguese colony that was annexed by Indonesia in 1976; voted for independence from Indonesia in 1999 and in May 2002 became an independent nation
    Republic of Fiji
    an independent state within the British Commonwealth located on the Fiji Islands
    State of Israel
    Jewish republic in southwestern Asia at eastern end of Mediterranean; formerly part of Palestine
    an ancient country in central Italy; assimilated by the Romans by about 200 BC
    Commonwealth of Australia
    a nation occupying the whole of the Australian continent; Aboriginal tribes are thought to have migrated from southeastern Asia 20,000 years ago; first Europeans were British convicts sent there as a penal colony
    Federated States of Micronesia
    a country scattered over Micronesia with a constitutional government in free association with the United States; achieved independence in 1986
    Republic of the Marshall Islands
    a republic (under United States protection) on the Marshall Islands
    a small island republic on the Tuvalu islands; formerly part of the British colony of Gilbert and Ellice Islands until it withdrew in 1975 and became independent of the United Kingdom in 1978
    Republic of Kiribati
    an island republic in the west central Pacific just to the south of the equator
    Republic of Nauru
    an island republic on Nauru Island; phosphate exports support the economy
    Independent State of Papua New Guinea
    a parliamentary democracy on the eastern half of the island of New Guinea; in 1975 it became an independent state within the Commonwealth of Nations
    Commonwealth of the Bahamas
    island country in the Atlantic to the east of Florida and Cuba; a popular winter resort
    Burkina Faso
    a desperately poor landlocked country in western Africa; was formerly Upper Volta under French rule but gained independence in 1960
    Republic of Indonesia
    a republic in southeastern Asia on an archipelago including more than 13,000 islands; achieved independence from the Netherlands in 1945; the principal oil producer in the Far East and Pacific regions
    an island state in the West Indies in the southeastern Caribbean Sea; an independent state within the British Commonwealth
    Republic of Maldives
    a republic on the Maldive Islands; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1965
    Republic of Malta
    a republic on the island of Malta in the Mediterranean; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1964
    Republic of Mauritius
    a parliamentary state on the island of Mauritius
    New Zealand
    an independent country within the British Commonwealth; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1907; known for sheep and spectacular scenery
    Republic of Palau
    a republic in the western central Pacific Ocean in association with the United States
    Republic of the Philippines
    a republic on the Philippine Islands; achieved independence from the United States in 1946
    Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis
    a country on several of the Leeward Islands; located to the east southeast of Puerto Rico; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1983
    Saint Lucia
    a country on the island of Saint Lucia; gained independence from Great Britain in 1979
    Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
    an island country in the central Windward Islands; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1979
    Independent State of Samoa
    a constitutional monarchy on the western part of the islands of Samoa in the South Pacific
    Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe
    island nation in the South Atlantic off the west coast of Africa; achieved independence from Portugal in 1975; has enormous offshore oil reserves
    Republic of Seychelles
    a republic on the Seychelles islands; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1976
    Solomon Islands
    the southern Solomon Islands that since 1978 form an independent state in the British Commonwealth
    the medieval Russian state established by Scandinavian traders in the 9th century; the capital was first in Novgorod and then in Kiev
    Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
    a former communist country in eastern Europe and northern Asia; established in 1922; included Russia and 14 other soviet socialist republics (Ukraine and Byelorussia and others); officially dissolved 31 December 1991
    Russian Federation
    a federation in northeastern Europe and northern Asia; formerly Soviet Russia; since 1991 an independent state
    a republic in southeastern Europe; formerly a European soviet; the center of the original Russian state which came into existence in the ninth century
    a republic in Asia to the east of the Caspian Sea and to the south of Kazakhstan and to the north of Iran; an Asian soviet from 1925 to 1991
    Friendly Islands
    a monarchy on a Polynesian archipelago in the South Pacific; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1970
    Republic of Turkey
    a Eurasian republic in Asia Minor and the Balkans; on the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in 1918, the Young Turks, led by Kemal Ataturk, established a republic in 1923
    Republic of Vanuatu
    a volcanic island republic in Melanesia; independent since 1980
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    banana republic
    a small country (especially in Central America) that is politically unstable and whose economy is dominated by foreign companies and depends on one export (such as bananas)
    country of origin, fatherland, homeland, mother country, motherland, native land
    the country where you were born
    buffer country, buffer state
    a small neutral state between two rival powers
    a country with a king as head of state
    tax haven
    a country or independent region where taxes are low
    European country, European nation
    any one of the countries occupying the European continent
    African country, African nation
    any one of the countries occupying the African continent
    Asian country, Asian nation
    any one of the nations occupying the Asian continent
    South American country, South American nation
    any one of the countries occupying the South American continent
    North American country, North American nation
    any country on the North American continent
    country or territory ruled by a sultan
    old country
    the country of origin of an immigrant
    Scandinavian country, Scandinavian nation
    any one of the countries occupying Scandinavia
    Balkan country, Balkan nation, Balkan state
    any one of the countries on the Balkan Peninsula
    Central American country, Central American nation
    any one of the countries occupying Central America; these countries (except for Belize and Costa Rica) are characterized by low per capita income and unstable governments
    type of:
    administrative district, administrative division, territorial division
    a district defined for administrative purposes
  7. noun
    the territory occupied by one of the constituent administrative districts of a nation
    “his state is in the deep south”
    synonyms: province
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    Guangdong province
    a province in southern China
    Gansu province
    a province in north-central China; formerly part of the Silk Road to Turkistan and India and Persia
    Hebei province
    a populous province in northeastern China
    Hunan province
    a province in southeastern central China between the Nan Ling mountains and the Chang Jiang; noted for its timber and valuable mineral resources
    Szechwan province
    a populous province of south central China
    Yunnan province
    a province of southern China
    Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region
    an autonomous province in far northwestern China on the border with Mongolia and Kazakhstan; the largest province in the People's Republic of China and the homeland of the Uighur people
    Inner Mongolia
    an autonomous region of northeastern China that was annexed by the Manchu rulers in 1635 and became an integral part of China in 1911
    a state of Mexico on the northern part of the Yucatan Peninsula
    a Mexican state on the eastern part of the Gulf of Campeche
    a state in northern Mexico; mostly high plateau
    a state in northern Mexico; mostly high plateau
    Quintana Roo
    a Mexican state on the eastern side of the Yucatan Peninsula
    a Mexican state on the Gulf of Campeche
    Lower Saxony
    a state in northwestern Germany
    a state in southern Germany famous for its beer; site of an automobile factory
    a republic in the Balkan Peninsula that declared independence from Serbia in 2008; populated predominantly by Albanians
    the northern part of Bosnia-Herzegovina
    a picturesque mountainous province of western Austria and northern Italy
    state in northeastern India
    state in southern India; formerly Mysore
    state in northeastern India
    Andhra Pradesh
    a state of southeastern India on the Bay of Bengal
    a state of northeastern India
    a state of southwestern India; a former Portuguese colony
    an industrialized state in western India that includes parts of Bombay
    Tamil Nadu
    a state in southeastern India on the Bay of Bengal (south of Andhra Pradesh); formerly Madras
    Uttar Pradesh
    a state in northern India
    state in eastern India on the Bay of Bengal
    West Bengal
    a state in eastern India
    Indonesian Borneo
    the part of Indonesia on the southern side of the island of Borneo
    one of the northernmost provinces of the Netherlands
    Orange Free State
    a province in central South Africa that was colonized by the Boers; named Free State in 1997
    a province of northeastern South Africa originally inhabited by Africans who spoke Bantu; colonized by the Boers
    Cape of Good Hope Province
    a former province of southern South Africa that was settled by the Dutch in 1652 and ceded to Great Britain in 1814; in 1994 it was split into three new provinces of South Africa
    Cape of Good Hope
    a province of western South Africa
    an autonomous province of Georgia on the Black Sea; a strong independence movement has resulted in much instability
    an autonomous province of Georgia on the Black Sea
    a state of Uganda and site of a former Bantu kingdom
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    the official name of some states in the United States (Massachusetts and Pennsylvania and Virginia and Kentucky) and associated territories (Puerto Rico)
    a province in ancient Greece
    American state
    one of the 50 states of the United States
    Italian region
    Italy is divided into 20 regions for administrative purposes
    Canadian province
    Canada is divided into 12 provinces for administrative purposes
    Australian state
    one of the several states constituting Australia
    Soviet Socialist Republic
    one of the states that formerly made up the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (1922-1991)
    slave state
    any of the southern states in which slavery was legal prior to the American Civil War
    free state
    any state prohibiting slavery prior to the American Civil War
    type of:
    administrative district, administrative division, territorial division
    a district defined for administrative purposes
  8. verb
    express in words
    state your opinion”
    state your name”
    synonyms: say, tell
    state as one's opinion or judgement; declare
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    lay out, present, represent
    bring forward and present to the mind
    state something incorrectly
    answer, reply, respond
    react verbally
    introduce, precede, preface, premise
    furnish with a preface or introduction
    announce, declare
    announce publicly or officially
    articulate, enunciate, vocalise, vocalize
    express or state clearly
    get out
    express with difficulty
    state emphatically and authoritatively
    make a declaration (of dutiable goods) to a customs official
    mention, note, observe, remark
    make mention of
    add, append, supply
    state or say further
    convey or reveal information
    sum, sum up, summarise, summarize
    be a summary of
    enter a plea, as in courts of law
    confess one's faith in, or allegiance to
    argue, reason
    present reasons and arguments
    argue, indicate
    give evidence of
    call back
    return or repeat a telephone call
    speak in response
    answer adequately or successfully
    answer back in an impudent or insolent manner
    come back, rejoin, repay, retort, return, riposte
    answer back
    declare or judge unfit for use or habitation
    put a law into effect by formal declaration
    bless, consecrate, hallow, sanctify
    render holy by means of religious rites
    account, answer for
    furnish a justifying analysis or explanation
    advise, propose, suggest
    make a proposal, declare a plan for something
    assure, promise
    make a promise or commitment
    promise to undertake or give
    take the Fifth, take the Fifth Amendment
    refuse to testify by invoking the Fifth Amendment, which states that nobody may be forced to testify as a witness against himself or herself
    make a preliminary introduction, usually to a formal document
    prologise, prologize, prologuize
    write or speak a prologue
    condemn, doom, sentence
    pronounce a sentence on (somebody) in a court of law
    twist and turn so as to give an intended interpretation
    exclaim, proclaim, promulgate
    state or announce
    state freely
    affirm, assert, aver, avow, swan, swear, verify
    declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true
    depone, depose, swear
    make a deposition; declare under oath
    attest, bear witness, take the stand, testify
    give testimony in a court of law
    name the price of
    insert, slip in, sneak in, stick in
    insert casually
    toss in
    add casually to a conversation
    issue a decree
    animadvert, opine, sound off, speak out, speak up
    express one's opinion openly and without fear or hesitation
    respond to the reins, as of horses
    comment, notice, point out, remark
    make or write a comment on
    count out
    declare the loser
    type of:
    express, give tongue to, utter, verbalise, verbalize
    articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise
  9. verb
    put before
    synonyms: posit, put forward, submit
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    advise, propose, suggest
    make a proposal, declare a plan for something
  10. verb
    indicate through a symbol, formula, etc.
    synonyms: express
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    express a choice or opinion
    express one's choice or preference by vote
    bring into existence or make available by vote
    bullet vote
    vote cumulatively and distribute the votes according to some principle
    type of:
    denote, refer
    have as a meaning




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