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Dictionary definition for: State

1. (n) the group of people comprising the government of a sovereign state; "the state has lowered its income tax"

2. (v) express in words; "He said that he wanted to marry her" "tell me what is bothering you" "state your opinion" "state your name"

3. (n) the territory occupied by one of the constituent administrative districts of a nation; "his state is in the deep south"

4. (v) put before; "I submit to you that the accused is guilty"

5. (n) a politically organized body of people under a single government; "the state has elected a new president" "African nations" "students who had come to the nation''s capitol" "the country''s largest manufacturer" "an industrialized land"

6. (v) indicate through a symbol, formula, etc.; "Can you express this distance in kilometers?"

7. (n) the way something is with respect to its main attributes; "the current state of knowledge" "his state of health" "in a weak financial state"

8. (n) the federal department in the UnitedStates that sets and maintains foreign policies; "the Department of State was created in 1789"

9. (n) the territory occupied by a nation; "he returned to the land of his birth" "he visited several European countries"

10. (n) a state of depression or agitation; "he was in such a state you just couldn''t reason with him"

11. (n) (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) "the solid state of water is called ice"

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