verb (used with object), stat·ed, stat·ing.

Nearby words

  1. stat,
  2. stat.,
  3. statampere,
  4. statant,
  5. statcoulomb,
  6. state aid,
  7. state attorney,
  8. state bank,
  9. state bird,
  10. state capitalism


    lie in state, (of a corpse) to be exhibited publicly with honors before burial: The president's body lay in state for two days.

Origin of state

1175–1225; Middle English stat (noun), partly aphetic variant of estat estate, partly < Latin status condition (see status); in defs 7–11 < Latin status (rērum) state (of things) or status (reī pūblicae) state (of the republic)

Related forms

Synonym study

1. State, condition, situation, status are terms for existing circumstances or surroundings. State is the general word, often with no concrete implications or material relationships: the present state of affairs. Condition carries an implication of a relationship to causes and circumstances: The conditions made flying impossible. Situation suggests an arrangement of circumstances, related to one another and to the character of a person: He was master of the situation. Status carries official or legal implications; it suggests a complete picture of interrelated circumstances as having to do with rank, position, standing, a stage reached in progress, etc.: the status of negotiations. 19. See maintain. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for anti-state

  • The ground is thus prepared for anti-militaristic, anti-State and anti-patriotic ideas.

British Dictionary definitions for anti-state



the condition of a person, thing, etc, with regard to main attributes
the structure, form, or constitution of somethinga solid state
any mode of existence
position in life or society; estate
ceremonious style, as befitting wealth or dignityto live in state
a sovereign political power or community
the territory occupied by such a community
the sphere of power in such a communityaffairs of state
(often capital) one of a number of areas or communities having their own governments and forming a federation under a sovereign government, as in the US
(often capital) the body politic of a particular sovereign power, esp as contrasted with a rival authority such as the Church
obsolete a class or order; estate
informal a nervous, upset, or excited condition (esp in the phrase in a state)
lie in state (of a body) to be placed on public view before burial
state of affairs a situation; present circumstances or condition
state of play the current situation


controlled or financed by a statestate university
of, relating to, or concerning the StateState trial
involving ceremony or concerned with a ceremonious occasionstate visit

verb (tr; may take a clause as object)

to articulate in words; utter
to declare formally or publiclyto state one's innocence
to resolve
Derived Formsstatable or stateable, adjectivestatehood, noun

Word Origin for state

C13: from Old French estat, from Latin status a standing, from stāre to stand

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Word Origin and History for anti-state
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Medicine definitions for anti-state




A condition or situation; status.

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Idioms and Phrases with anti-state


In addition to the idiom beginning with state

  • state of the art

also see:

  • in a lather (state)
  • in state
  • ship of state
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