Definition of state:

part of speech: noun

Condition as determined by whatever circumstances; the condition or circumstances of a being or thing at any given time; situation; position; as, the state of one's health, the state of public affairs, the roads are in a wretched state, to be in a state of uncertainty; " Nor laugh with his companions at thy state."- Snak; " The past and present state of things."- Dryden; " The state of the question."- Boyle: rank; condition; quality; royal or gorgeous pomp; appearance of greatness; dignity; grandeur; " She instructed him how he should keep state, yet with a modest sense of his misfortunes."- Barcon: a person of high rank; " She is a duchess, a great state."- Latimer; any body of men constituting a community of a particular character in virtue of certain political privileges, who partake either directly or by representation in the government of their country; an estate; as, the states of the realm in Great Britain are the Lords, spiritual and temporal, and the Commons: a whole people united into one body politic; a civil and self- governing community; a commonwealth- often with the, and signifying the body politic to which the party speaking belongs; " Municipal law is a rule of conduct prescribed by the supreme power in a state."- Blackstone; the power wielded by the government of a country; the civil power, often as contrasted with ecclesiastical; as, the union of church and state: one of the commonwealths or bodies politic which together make up the Federal Republic, which stand in certain specified relations with the central or national government, and as regards internal affairs are more or less independent: a republic, as opposed to a monarchy. Dryden: a seat of dignity; a throne; " This chair shall be my state."- Shak.: a canopy; a covering of dignity; " His high throne, under state of richest texture spread."- Milton: estate; possession; the highest and stationary condition or point, as that of maturity between growth and decline, or as that of crisis between the increase and the abating of a disease. Wiseman: that which is stated or expressed in writing or in words or figures; a statement; a document containing a statement; " He sat down to examine Mr. Owen's states."- Sir W. Scott. When state is used adjectively, or as the first element in a compound, it denotes public, or what belongs to the community or body politic; as, state affairs: state policy.

part of speech: noun

Belonging to the State; ceremonial.

part of speech: adjective

Pertaining to the body politic; as, state papers; used upon formal or ceremonious occasions.

part of speech: verb

To set forth clearly and formally; tell; as, to state the facts.

part of speech: noun

Mode or condition of existence; condition as to riches, social standing, etc.; rank; style of living; especially, ceremonious style or formal dignity; as, to receive in state; a body of people united under one government; the civil powers and government of such a community; the territory occupied by it; one of several such communities forming a federation.

part of speech: verb

To set forth; express in words; narrate.

part of speech: noun

Position; condition; circumstances; a body politic; republic; the civil power; pomp; dignity.

part of speech: verb

To set; to settle; to establish; to express the particulars of; to set down in detail or in gross; to represent fully in words; to make known specifically; to explain particularly; to narrate; to recite; as, to state an opinion, to state the particulars of a case; " I pretended not fully to state, much less demonstrate, the truth contained in the text."- Atterbury.

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