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  1. Wash·ing·ton
    IPA[ˈwäSHiNGtən]
    • 1. a state of the northwestern US, on the coast of the Pacific Ocean; population 6,549,224 (est. 2008); capital, Olympia. It became the 42nd state in 1889.

    • 2. the capital of the US; population 591,833 (est. 2008). It is coextensive with the District of Columbia, a federal district on the Potomac River bordering on the states of Virginia and Maryland. Founded in 1790, during the presidency of George Washington, the city was planned by engineer Pierre-Charles L'Enfant (1754–1825) and built as the capital.

    • 3. used in reference to the US government:

      they warned of serious consequences if Washington said no