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
, 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
6: the territory occupied by a nation; "he returned to the land
of his birth"; "he visited several European countries"
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
2: put before; "I submit to you that the accused is guilty"
, put forward
3: indicate through a symbol, formula, etc.; "Can you express
this distance in kilometers?" [syn: express