state (

     adj 1: supported and operated by the government of a state; "a
            state university" [syn: state-supported]
     2: in the service of the community or nation; "state security"
     n 1: the group of people comprising the government of a sovereign
          state; "the state has lowered its income tax"
     2: the territory occupied by one of the constituent
        administrative districts of a nation; "his state is in the
        deep south" [syn: province]
     3: 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" [syn: nation, country, land, commonwealth,
         res publica, body politic]
     4: the way something is with respect to its main attributes;
        "the current state of knowledge"; "his state of health";
        "in a weak financial state"
     5: the federal department that sets and maintains foreign
        policies; "the Department of State was created in 1789"
        [syn: Department of State, State Department, State]
     6: the territory occupied by a nation; "he returned to the land
        of his birth"; "he visited several European countries"
        [syn: country, land]
     7: (informal) a state of depression or agitation; "he was in
        such a state you just couldn't reason with him"
     8: (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" [syn:
         state of matter]
     v 1: express an idea, etc. in words; "He said that he wanted to
          marry her"; "tell me what is bothering you"; "state your
          opinion" [syn: say, tell]
     2: put before; "I submit to you that the accused is guilty"
        [syn: submit, put forward]
     3: indicate through a symbol, formula, etc.; "Can you express
        this distance in kilometers?" [syn: express]