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State appears in the following tongue twisters:

  • They hatch fish at the state fish hatchery and sell hatched fish to the fish stick factory.
    (by Kevin Brown)
  • I know a boy named Tate
    who dined with his girl at eight eight.
    I'm unable to state what Tate ate at eight eight
    or what Tate's tête à tête ate at eight eight.

State appears in the following pangram (a sentence using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • Jelly-like above the high wire, six quaking pachyderms kept the climax of the extravaganza in a dazzling state of flux. (97 letters)
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State appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Max, I state Gina may baby a man I get at six A.M.
  • To get at sane men, a snide dire dresser derided insane men a state got.
  • "To get a man a mate got, to get at six alert sumos, I so must relax!", I state, "got to get a man a mate got."
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Usage statistics for the noun state:

spoken English21.19%written English78.81% conversational speech16.74%task-oriented speech83.26% imaginative writing14.71%informational writing85.29%
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State is sometimes a misspelling of street.

The word state is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun state

What does state mean as a name of something?

State is one of the top 50 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 50 most common nouns in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural:

  • state: states
  • State: -

  1. the territory occupied by one of the constituent administrative districts of a nation
  2. the way something is with respect to its main attributes
  3. the group of people comprising the government of a sovereign state
    • example: the state has lowered its income tax
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • more generic words: authorities / government / regime = the organization that is the governing authority of a political unit
    • more specific terms:
      • Soviets = 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.
  4. a politically organized body of people under a single government
  5. (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)
    • example: the solid state of water is called ice
    • domain: chemical science / chemistry
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of state: state of matter
    • more generic term: chemical phenomenon = any natural phenomenon involving chemistry
    • more specific terms:
      • phase / form = a distinct state of matter in a system
      • liquid state / liquidness / liquidity / liquid = the state in which a substance exhibits a characteristic readiness to flow with little or no tendency to disperse and relatively high incompressibility
      • solid state / solidness / solid = the state in which a substance has no tendency to flow under moderate stress; resists forces (such as compression) that tend to deform it
      • gaseous state / gas = 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
      • plasma = a fourth state of matter distinct from solid or liquid or gas and present in stars and fusion reactors
    • attributes:
      • solid = of definite shape and volume; firm
      • liquid = existing as or having characteristics of a liquid
      • gaseous = existing as or having characteristics of a gas
  6. a state of depression or agitation
    • example: he was in such a state you just couldn't reason with him
    • usage: colloquialism
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic terms: emotional state / spirit = the state of a person's emotions
  7. the territory occupied by a nation
  8. the federal department in the United States that sets and maintains foreign policies
    • example: the Department of State was created in 1789
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonyms of State: Department of State / DoS / State Department / United States Department of State
    • more generic term: executive department = a federal department in the executive branch of the government of the United States
    • more specific term: Foggy Bottom = United States Department of State, which is housed in a building in a low-lying area of Washington near the Potomac River
    • parts:
      • Bureau of Diplomatic Security / DS = the bureau in the State Department that is responsible for the security of diplomats and embassies overseas
      • Foreign Service = the part of the State Department that supplies diplomats for the United States embassies and consulates around the world
      • Bureau of Intelligence and Research / INR = an agency that is the primary source in the State Department for interpretive analyses of global developments and focal point for policy issues and activities of the Intelligence Community

Alternative definition of the noun state


  1. Any sovereign polity. A government.
  2. A political division of a federation retaining a degree of autonomy, for example one of the fifty United States. See also Province.
  3. A condition.
  4. Pomp, ceremony, or dignity.
  5. [computing] The stable condition of a processor during a particular clock cycle.
  6. [computing] The set of all parameters relevant to a computation.
  7. [computing] The values of all parameters at some point in a computation.
  8. [anthropology] A society larger than a tribe. A society large enough to form a state in the sense of a government.
  9. [science] The physical property of matter as solid, liquid, gas or plasma
  10. [mathematics, stochastic processes] an element of the range of the random variables that define a random process.

Definition of the verb state

What does state mean as a doing word?

State is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: stated | stating | states

  1. express in words
    • examples: state your opinion | state your name | They state that there was a traffic accident
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic]Ellen said a few words
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic] to [Recipient]Ellen said a few words to Helen
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, how-extraction]He confessed how she did it | I asked how she did it | I explained how it can be done | John suggested how she could do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, quotation]He says, 'It has to go.'
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, that-complement clause]He ordered that he go
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, that-complement clause, not tensed]John suggested that he should go
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]I asked how to do it | I explained how to do it | John suggested how to do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, what-extraction]He asked what he should do | I explained what he should do | John suggested what we should eat
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, what-infinitive clause]He asked what to do | I explained what to do | John suggested what to do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, quotation]Mr. Jacobson announced to the trading mob: 'We're going to trade on the bell.'

      Verbs of Communication (with the same syntax): advise, announce, articulate, blab, blurt, claim, confess, confide, convey, declare, mention, note, observe, proclaim, propose, recount, reiterate, relate, remark, repeat, report, reveal, say.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of state: say / tell
    • more generic terms: express / give tongue to / utter / verbalise / verbalize = articulate
    • more specific terms:
  2. put before
  3. indicate through a symbol, formula, etc.
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of state: express
    • more generic words: denote / refer = have as a meaning
    • more specific words:
      • vote = express a choice or opinion
      • vote = express one's choice or preference by vote


  1. State, well known as State Street, is a subway station of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. Located in downtown Boston, Massachusetts, State is the transfer point between the Orange Line and the Blue Line.
  2. State was a station on the Englewood Branch of the Chicago 'L'. The station opened on November 3, 1905 and closed on September 2, 1973 as part of a group of budget-related CTA station closings.
  3. State is a Transit Stop.

There are other places with in their name, like Bay State, Edo State, Gem State, Imo State, Mon State, Oyo State, 51st State, Abia State, Chin State, Free State, Idar State, Kano State, Kogi State, Ogun State, Ondo State, Osun State, Shan State, State Hill, State Line.


State is a musical group.

  • album: "State"


  1. "State" is the 2013 studio album by Todd Rundgren.
  2. "State" is a musical album of State.
    • released in (13 years ago)
  3. "State" is a musical single of Skunkhour.


  1. State: A state is a political organization with a centralized government that maintains a monopoly of the legitimate use of force within a certain geographical territory.
    • also known as 國
  2. State: In computer science and automata theory, the state of a digital logic circuit or computer program is a technical term for all the stored information, at a given instant in time, to which the circuit or program has access. The output of a digital circuit or computer program at any time is completely determined by its current inputs and its state.
  3. State a.k.a. Federated state: A federated state is a territorial and constitutional community forming part of a federal union. Such states differ from fully sovereign states, in that they have transferred a portion of their sovereign powers to a federal government. Importantly, when states choose to federate, they lose their standing as persons of international law. Instead, the federal union as a single entity becomes the sovereign state for purposes of international law. A federated state holds administrative jurisdiction over a defined geographic territory and is a form of regional government.
  4. State significance level for a listing in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
  5. State: is an Irish website and formerly a monthly music magazine, which launched in April 2008 and ceased to print in January 2009 having published a total of ten issues. The magazine continues online and was voted Best Music Site in 2008 and Best Web Publication in 2010 in the Irish Web Awards. Originally the concept of the magazine involved a hard copy of which there was a charge to purchase, however after six issues it was decided to make the magazine's content free both online and in print. The first issue, April 2008, appeared on Irish shelves on 6 March 2008 and featured Michael Stipe of R.E.M. on the cover. This immediately garnered comparisons between the new magazine's similarities with Hot Press who featured Stipe on their cover at the same time, a move widely thought to be an attempt by Hot Press to stifle State's status as a serious 'alternative' to the more established local magazine. At a price of €5.50, State charged €2 more than Hot Press.
  6. State is a website.
    • also known as, state it, stateit
    • official website:
  7. State: In Christianity, the term state is used in various senses by theologians and spiritual writers.
  8. State: In functional analysis, a state on a C*-algebra is a positive linear functional of norm 1. The set of states of a C*-algebra A, sometimes denoted by S, is always a convex set. The extremal points of S are called pure states. If A has a multiplicative identity, S is compact in the weak-* topology.
  9. State: In printmaking, a state is a different form of a print, caused by a deliberate and permanent change to a matrix such as a copper plate or woodblock.
  10. State: In Christianity, the word state may be taken to signify a profession or calling in life. St. Paul says, in I Corinthians 7:20: "Let every man abide in the same calling in which he was called". States are classified in the Catholic Church as the clerical state, the religious state, and the secular state; and among religious states, again, we have those of the contemplative, the active, and the mixed orders.

Phrases with State

Phrases starting with the word State:

  1. state bank
  2. state line

Phrases ending with the word State:

  1. to state
  2. bay state
  3. Cat state
  4. End State
  5. gem state
  6. Red State
  7. Blue State
  8. city state
  9. city-state
  10. Deep state
  11. Fock State
  12. free state
  13. Hole State
  14. In a State
  15. Link State
  16. Rump state
  17. Wait state
  18. aloha state

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for State

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Google previewSin and Politics (2009)

Issues in Reformed Theology by Jeong Kii Min

For him, the state is a human "community" that claims the "monopoly of the legitimate use of physical force" within a given territory.

Google previewArchaeology of the Origin of the State (2011)

The Theories by Vicente Lull, Rafael Micó Pérez

The State is a rational realization; in fact the ultimate end of all rationality.

Google previewImage and Identity (2006)

Reflections on Canadian Film and Culture by R. Bruce Elder

homogeneous state” and claims that the question of “whether the universal and homogeneous state is the best social order”...

Google previewAmerican Civil War: A State-by-State Encyclopedia [2 volumes] (2015)

A State-by-State Encyclopedia by Spencer C. Tucker, Paul G. Pierpaoli Jr.

Gone to Texas: A History of the Lone Star State. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003. Humphrey, David C. Austin: An Illustrated History. Northridge, CA: Windsor, 1985. Galveston, Texas Principal ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the Welfare State (2014)

by Bent Greve

The term welfare state is reasonably new, developed in the 1930s and 1940s. Some see it as the opposite of the concept of warfare of World War II—opposite due to the fact that warfare requires that money be spent on military and war, but, ...

Google previewThe British encyclopedia, or, Dictionary of arts and sciences (1809)

by William Nicholson

The word electricity □» ienotes a peculiar state, of which all bodies are susceptible, and which is supposed to depend upon the presence of a substance called the electric fluid. Some of its phenomena were known to the ancients, particularly ...

Google previewLaw-dictionary Explaining the Rise, Progress and Present State of the British Law Etc. 3. Ed. with Additions (1820)

by Thomas Edlyne Tomlins


Google previewThe Law-dictionary, Explaining the Rise Progress and Present State of the British Law Etc. The 4. Ed. with Extensive Additions ... by Thomas Colpitts Granger (1835)

by Thomas Edlyne Tomlins


Google previewNegro Year Book and Annual Encyclopedia of the Negro (1922)

The chief supervising agencies for Negro common schools are: The State and county boards of education; the Jeanes Fund, see statement concerning below; and the General Education Board, see statement concerning below. This board is ...

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Usage statistics about state

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun state:

spoken English21.19%written English78.81% conversational speech16.74%task-oriented speech83.26% imaginative writing14.71%informational writing85.29%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun state:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb state:


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Quotes about State

In the Russian experience, although the Russian state is oppressive, it is their state, it is part of their fabric, and so the relation between Russian citizens and their state is complicated. (Ryszard Kapuscinski)
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Scrabble value of S1T1A1T1E1

The value of this 5-letter word is 5 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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