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Definition of state adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1connected with a particular state of a country, especially in the U.S. a state prison/hospital/university, etc. state police/troopers a state tax
  2. 2provided or controlled by the government of a country state secrets (= information that could be harmful to a country if it were discovered by an enemy)
  3. 3connected with the leader of a country attending an official ceremony The president is on a state visit to Moscow.
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