state state [steɪt] noun
1. [countable usually singular] the condition that someone or something is in at a particular time:

• The property market is in a poor state.

• I personally think the economy is in a worse state than the Government has been admitting.

2. [countable] also State LAW one of the areas with limited law-making powers that some countries, such as the US, are divided into:

• New York State has attracted more foreign companies than any other state.

• The bank now sells life insurance policies in 380 branches across four states.

3. [countable, uncountable] also State a country or its government:

• state industries

• The government plans to sell off several state companies.

• the state monopoly of radio and television broadcasting

ˌcorporate ˈstate [countable] ECONOMICS
a country where most of the economy is owned by the government:

• Saudi Arabia remains a protectionist, centrally planned corporate state.

ˌwelfare ˈstate [singular]
a system by which a government provides help, money, care etc to people who are poor, unemployed, ill etc:

• Britain's National Health Service is a major feature of its welfare state.

4. the States [plural] the United States of America:

• Sales of U.S. cars have not boomed (= increased ) in the States as carmakers had hoped.

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state UK US /steɪt/ noun
[C, usually singular] the condition that someone or something is in at a particular time: »

The offices were in a state of disrepair.


The index for capital goods production is a key indicator of the state of the economy.


They commented on the poor state of the company's finances.


Some economists are predicting that public finances will return to a healthy state within five years.


They are paid a stable, fair price, regardless of the current state of the market.

state of affairs — Cf. state of affairs
the state of play — Cf. the state of play
(also State) [C] GOVERNMENT a country with its own government: »

the West African State of Ghana


The legislation requires the agreement of every one of the EU's member states.


In December 1991, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was broken up into fifteen independent states.

(also State) [C] GOVERNMENT a part of a large country such as Australia, Germany, or the US that has its own government: »

The German federal states have a large degree of autonomy.


the northern/southern/eastern/western states of the US


The company operates hospitals in 12 states, including Texas and California.


The Navajo reservation stretches from Arizona into two neighbouring states.

[U or S] (also the state, also the State) GOVERNMENT the government of a country: »

funded/provided/run by the state


affairs/matters of state


The government was determined to reduce the number of state-owned industries.


They hope to reduce dependence on the state by paying benefits only to those whose income falls below a new, higher tax threshold.

the States — Cf. the States
See also CORPORATE STATE(Cf. ↑corporate state), WELFARE STATE(Cf. ↑welfare state)
state UK US /steɪt/ verb [T]
to say or write something, especially when it is done clearly and carefully: »

Our warranty clearly states the limits of our liability.

state that »

The rules state that the directors are required by law to prepare financial statements for each financial period.


Make your claim in writing, stating your full name and address.

state a fact/opinion »

I wasn't criticizing the way you run the department; I was merely stating facts.

[usually passive] to give or agree the details of something: a stated commitment/goal »

The central bank's stated goal is to keep the inflation rate between 1 and 3%.


Time deposits are non-negotiable deposits maintained in a banking institution for a specified period of time at a stated interest rate.


A fund with a 50% turnover has bought and sold half of the value of its total investment portfolio during the stated period.

state UK US (also State) /steɪt/ adjective [before noun] GOVERNMENT
provided, owned, or done by the government of a country: state companies/enterprises/monopolies »

The main ports are owned by state economic enterprises.


state education/a state school


state subsidies

relating to a particular state of a country, especially the US: »

state agencies/employees/legislature

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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