"states" in the noun sense
1. state, province
the territory occupied by one of the constituent administrative districts of a nation
"his state is in the deep south"
the way something is with respect to its main attributes
"the current state of knowledge"
"his state of health"
"in a weak financial state"
the group of people comprising the government of a sovereign state
"the state has lowered its income tax"
4. state, nation, country, land, commonwealth, res publica, body politic
a politically organized body of people under a single government
"the state has elected a new president"
"students who had come to the nation's capitol"
"the country's largest manufacturer"
"an industrialized land"
5. state of matter, state
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"
a state of depression or agitation
"he was in such a state you just couldn't reason with him"
7. country, state, land
the territory occupied by a nation
"he returned to the land of his birth"
"he visited several European countries"
8. Department of State, United States Department of State, State Department, State, DoS
the federal department in the United States that sets and maintains foreign policies
"the Department of State was created in 1789"
"states" in the verb sense
1. state, say, tell
express in words
"He said that he wanted to marry her"
"tell me what is bothering you"
"state your opinion"
"state your name"
2. submit, state, put forward, posit
"I submit to you that the accused is guilty"
3. express, state
indicate through a symbol, formula, etc.
"Can you express this distance in kilometers?"
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