state


state
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.

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

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

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

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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

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

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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.

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

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

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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

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affairs/matters of state

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

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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)
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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.

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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%.

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

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

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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.

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state education/a state school

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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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