state Definition

  • 1the condition of something at a particular time, especially with regard to key features or quality
  • 2a nation or territory considered as an organized political community under one government
  • 3a physical condition such as solid, liquid, or gas

Using state: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "state" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The state of the economy is improving.

  • Example

    The United States is a democratic state.

  • Example

    Water can exist in three states: solid, liquid, and gas.

state Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using state

  • to say something that is already known or evident


    When he said that the sky was blue, I told him he was stating the obvious.

  • in a nervous, anxious, or agitated condition


    She was in a state before her big presentation, pacing back and forth and checking her notes.

  • state of play

    the current situation or condition of a particular activity or process


    We need to assess the state of play before making any decisions about the project.

Phrases with state

  • a person's emotional or mental condition


    She was in a positive state of mind after her job interview.

  • the most advanced stage of a product, technology, or creative field


    This new smartphone is state of the art, with cutting-edge features and design.

  • a situation in which a government suspends normal constitutional procedures and assumes control to restore order during a crisis


    The governor declared a state of emergency due to the severe weather conditions.

Origins of state

from Latin 'status', meaning 'condition'


Summary: state in Brief

The term 'state' [steɪt] refers to the condition of something at a particular time, such as the economy or water, or a nation or territory under one government. It also encompasses phrases like 'state of mind,' describing a person's emotional or mental condition, and idioms like 'state the obvious,' meaning to say something already known. 'State' has formal synonyms like 'condition' and 'status,' and informal ones like 'shape' and 'fettle.'

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