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  1. state
  2. noun


    • 1. of, provided by, or concerned with the civil government of a country:

      the future of state education a state secret
    • 2. used or done on ceremonial occasions; involving the ceremony associated with a head of state:

      a state visit to Hungary by Queen Elizabeth


    • 1. express something definitely or clearly in speech or writing:

      the report stated that more than 51 percent of voters failed to participate “Money hasn't changed me,” she stated firmly people will be invited to state their views
    • 2. specify the facts of (a case) for consideration:

      judges must give both sides an equal opportunity to state their case
    • 3. present or introduce (a theme or melody) in a composition.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: state, plural noun: states

    • v.: verb: state, 3rd person present: states, gerund or present participle: stating, past tense: stated, past participle: stated

    • noun

      the particular condition that someone or something is in at a specific time:

      a physical condition as regards internal or molecular form or structure:

    • verb

      express something definitely or clearly in speech or writing:

      specify the facts of (a case) for consideration:

    • adjective

      clearly expressed or identified; specified:
    • adjective

      clearly expressed or identified; specified:
    • noun

      (before the Civil War) a state of the US in which slavery was illegal.

      a name for Maryland

    • noun

      any of the slave states that bordered the northern free states during the US Civil War.

      a US state that borders Canada or Mexico.

    • noun

      a sensitive issue or piece of information that is kept secret by the government, usually to protect the public:

      a piece of information, usually of a trivial or personal nature, that is closely guarded and desired to be kept private:

    • noun

      the state of matter in which materials are not fluid but retain their boundaries without support, the atoms or molecules occupying fixed positions with respect to one another and unable to move freely.
    • adjective

      (of a device) making use of the electronic properties of solid semiconductors (as opposed to electron tubes).
    • noun

      a system whereby the government undertakes to protect the health and well-being of its citizens, especially those in financial or social need, by means of grants, pensions, and other benefits. The foundations for the modern welfare state in the US were laid by the New Deal programs of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

      a country practicing a welfare state system.

    • noun

      any of the states of the southern US of which cotton is or was a major product.

      a name for Alabama

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