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English noun: state

1. state (location) the territory occupied by one of the constituent administrative districts of a nation

SamplesHis state is in the deep south.


Broader (hypernym)administrative district, administrative division, territorial division

Narrower (hyponym)American state, Australian state, Canadian province, commonwealth, eparchy, Italian region, Soviet Socialist Republic

Instance hyponymAbkhaz, Abkhazia, Adzhar, Adzharia, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bavaria, Bihar, Bosnia, Buganda, Campeche, Cape Colony, Cape of Good Hope, Cape of Good Hope Province, Cape Province, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Free State, Friesland, Gansu, Gansu province, Goa, Guangdong, Guangdong province, Gujarat, Gujerat, Hebei, Hebei province, Hopeh, Hopei, Hunan, Hunan province, Indonesian Borneo, Inner Mongolia, Kalimantan, Kansu, Karnataka, Kosovo, Kwangtung, Lower Saxony, Madras, Manipur, Mysore, Nei Monggol, Orange Free State, Orissa, Quintana Roo, Sichuan, Sinkiang, Szechuan, Szechwan, Szechwan province, Tabasco, Tamil Nadu, Tirol, Transvaal, Tyrol, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Xinjiang, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, Yucatan, Yunnan, Yunnan province

Member meronymcountry, land, state

2. state the way something is with respect to its main attributes

SamplesThe current state of knowledge.
His state of health.
In a weak financial state.

Broader (hypernym)attribute

Narrower (hyponym)action, activeness, activity, agency, annulment, antagonism, being, beingness, cleavage, condition, condition, conditionality, conflict, damnation, dead letter, death, death, degree, delegacy, dependance, dependence, dependency, destruction, disorder, dystopia, employ, employment, end, enlargement, enmity, eternal damnation, existence, feeling, flawlessness, flux, forthcomingness, freedom, grace, ground state, heterozygosity, homozygosity, hostility, illumination, immatureness, immaturity, imminence, imminency, imminentness, impendence, impendency, imperfection, imperfectness, inaction, inactiveness, inactivity, integrity, isomerism, kalemia, level, lifelessness, matureness, maturity, medium, merchantability, motion, motionlessness, multivalence, multivalency, nationhood, natural state, ne plus ultra, neotony, non-issue, nonbeing, obligation, office, omnipotence, omniscience, order, ornamentation, ownership, paternity, perfection, plurality, point, polyvalence, polyvalence, polyvalency, polyvalency, position, power, preparation, preparedness, readiness, receivership, relationship, relationship, representation, revocation, saving grace, separation, situation, skillfulness, stage, state of affairs, state of flux, state of grace, state of nature, status, status, stillness, temporary state, tribalism, turgor, unemployment, unification, union, unity, utilization, utopia, wholeness, wild

3. state (group) the group of people comprising the government of a sovereign state

SamplesThe state has lowered its income tax.

Broader (hypernym)authorities, government, regime

Narrower (hyponym)Soviets, welfare state

4. state (group) a politically organized body of people under a single government

SamplesThe 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.

Synonymsbody politic, commonwealth, country, land, nation, res publica

Broader (hypernym)political entity, political unit

Narrower (hyponym)ally, city state, city-state, commonwealth country, developing country, Dominion, foreign country, great power, major power, power, Reich, renegade state, rogue nation, rogue state, sea power, superpower, suzerain, world power

Instance hyponymEelam, Tamil Eelam

Part holonymestate, estate of the realm, the three estates

5. state (state) (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)

SamplesThe solid state of water is called ice.

Synonymsstate of matter

Broader (hypernym)chemical phenomenon

Narrower (hyponym)form, gas, gaseous state, liquid, liquid state, liquidity, liquidness, phase, plasma, solid, solid state, solidness

Attributegaseous, liquid, solid

Domain categorychemical science, chemistry

6. state (state) a state of depression or agitation

SamplesHe was in such a state you just couldn't reason with him.

Broader (hypernym)emotional state, spirit

Domain usagecolloquialism

7. state (location) the territory occupied by a nation

SamplesHe returned to the land of his birth.
He visited several European countries.

Synonymscountry, land

Broader (hypernym)administrative district, administrative division, territorial division

Narrower (hyponym)African country, African nation, Asian country, Asian nation, banana republic, buffer country, buffer state, country of origin, European country, European nation, fatherland, homeland, kingdom, mother country, motherland, native land, North American country, North American nation, South American country, South American nation, sultanate, tax haven

Instance hyponymAntigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahama Islands, Bahamas, Barbados, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ceylon, Commonwealth of Australia, Commonwealth of Dominica, Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Comoros, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe, Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Dutch East Indies, East Timor, Etruria, Federal Islamic Republic of the Comoros, Federated States of Micronesia, Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, Fiji, Friendly Islands, Grenada, Haiti, Independent State of Papua New Guinea, Independent State of Samoa, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Kingdom of Tonga, Kiribati, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Nauru, New Hebrides, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Cape Verde, Republic of Cuba, Republic of Cyprus, Republic of Fiji, Republic of Haiti, Republic of Indonesia, Republic of Kiribati, Republic of Maldives, Republic of Malta, Republic of Mauritius, Republic of Nauru, Republic of Palau, Republic of Seychelles, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of the Philippines, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Republic of Turkey, Republic of Vanuatu, Rus, Russia, Russia, Russian Federation, Saint Christopher-Nevis, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Samoa i Sisifo, Sao Thome e Principe, Sao Tome and Principe, Sao Tome e Principe, Seychelles, Sion, Solomon Islands, Soviet Union, Sri Lanka, St. Christopher-Nevis, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Thomas and Principe, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, State of Israel, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, TT, TT, Turkey, Turkmen, Turkmenia, Turkmenistan, Turkomen, Tuvalu, Ukraine, Ukrayina, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Upper Volta, USSR, Vanuatu, Western Samoa, Yisrael, Zion

Part holonymdemesne, domain, land, midland

Member holonymdepartment, province, state

8. State (group) the federal department in the United States that sets and maintains foreign policies

SamplesThe Department of State was created in 1789.

SynonymsDepartment of State, DoS, State Department, United States Department of State

Broader (hypernym)executive department

Narrower (hyponym)Foggy Bottom

Part holonymBureau of Diplomatic Security, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, DS, Foreign Service, INR

English verb: state

1. state (communication) express in words

SamplesHe said that he wanted to marry her.
Tell me what is bothering you.
State your opinion.
State your name.

ExamplesThey state that there was a traffic accident

Synonymssay, tell

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)express, give tongue to, utter, verbalise, verbalize

Narrower (hyponym)add, announce, answer, append, articulate, declare, declare, declare, enunciate, explain, get out, give, introduce, lay out, mention, misstate, note, observe, precede, preface, premise, present, remark, reply, represent, respond, sum, sum up, summarise, summarize, supply, vocalise, vocalize

Verb groupsay

2. state (communication) put before

SamplesI submit to you that the accused is guilty.

Synonymsposit, put forward, submit

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody

Broader (hypernym)advise, propose, suggest

3. state (communication) indicate through a symbol, formula, etc.

SamplesCan you express this distance in kilometers?.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)denote, refer

Narrower (hyponym)vote, vote

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