Definition of state adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//steɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//steɪt//
    (also State) [only before noun]
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  1. 1  provided or controlled by the government of a country state education families dependent on state benefits (= in Britain, money given by the government to people who are poor) state secrets (= information that could be harmful to a country if it were discovered by an enemy)
  2. official
  3. 2connected with the leader of a country attending an official ceremony The Queen is on a state visit to Moscow. the state opening of Parliament the state apartments (= used for official ceremonies)
  4. part of country
  5. 3  connected with a particular state of a country, especially in the US a state prison/hospital/university, etc. state police/troopers a state tax
  6. Word OriginMiddle English (as a noun): partly a shortening of estate, partly from Latin status ‘manner of standing, condition’, from stare ‘to stand’. The current verb senses date from the mid 17th cent.Extra examples Do students from state schools get the same opportunities as children who are privately educated? Many local families are dependent on state benefits. The law applies only to schools within the state system. There needs to be an increase in the basic state pension.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: state