Definition of status noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsteɪtəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsteɪtəs//
    , also NAmE//ˈstætəs//
    [usually singular]
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  1. 1  [uncountable, countable] the legal position of a person, group or country They were granted refugee status. The party was denied legal status.
  2. 2  [uncountable, countable, usually singular] the social or professional position of somebody/something in relation to others low status jobs to have a high social status Women are only asking to be given equal status with men. She achieved celebrity status overnight.
  3. 3  [uncountable] high rank or social position The job brings with it status and a high income.
  4. 4  [uncountable, countable, usually singular] the level of importance that is given to something the high status accorded to science in our culture
  5. 5[uncountable] the situation at a particular time during a process What is the current status of our application for funds? She updated her Facebook status to ‘in a relationship’.
  6. Word Originlate 18th cent. (as a legal term meaning ‘legal standing’): from Latin, literally ‘standing’, from stare ‘to stand’.Extra examples A majority voted for fully independent status for the region. A referendum produced a massive majority in favour of fully independent status for the region. At last James had an office that befitted his status. China’s status as an economic superpower Churches seem to have lost some of their status. He achieved celebrity status through his role in a popular sitcom. He has told family and friends of his HIV status. High social status is attached to the legal profession. Marrying a rich woman helped him achieve status. My outsider status granted me special insights. Officers could determine their legal status. Owning the yacht has given them status. Scars are status symbols among mountain bike riders. She applied for resident status but was turned down. The Institute has now achieved full status as part of the University. The company has managed to maintain its status among retailers. The neighbourhood has risen in status in recent years. The organization has charitable status. The relative status of the speakers affects what language is used. The show has been elevated to cult status. The teaching profession has a low status in England. They are campaigning to raise the status of nurses. They argued that the email had no signature and therefore no legal status. They have acquired refugee status. This performance confirmed her status as a world-class athlete. This sort of bike has status among teenagers. Women are still denied equal status in the company. a car from the 50s that has acquired cult status a payment made to every individual irrespective of employment status hospitals that have been given foundation status low-status jobs the United States’ rise to superpower status the change in status of teachers the minority status of Catholics in Virginia At work he had status and respect. How do people perceive the status of the full-time mother? In the teaching of literature, Shakespeare is given a special status. People employed in high status occupations had lower levels of heart disease. The Chanel suit was the number one fashion status symbol. The novel soon assumed the status of a modern classic. The only jobs on offer were of low status and badly paid. The struggle for equal status in society has not yet been won. They fear a loss of status, fear what the neighbours will say. They were disgruntled with their low pay and lack of status. This reflects the high status accorded to science in our culture. This response is an indication of the low status attached to transport issues.
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