verb (used with object), in·stat·ed, in·stat·ing.
to put or place in a certain state or position, as in an office; install.
Obsolete. to endow with something.
Related formsin·state·ment, nounun·in·stat·ed, adjective
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Related Words for in statefrantic
British Dictionary definitions for in state
Derived Formsinstatement, noun
(tr) to place in a position or office; install
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Word Origin and History for in state
"to put someone in a certain state or condition," c.1600, from in + state (n.1). Related: Instated; instating.
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Idioms and Phrases with in state
With pomp and ceremony, as in The foreign leaders were dining in state at the White House. This expression, dating from the late 1600s, also appears in lie in state, said of a dead body ceremoniously exposed to public view before being interred. This latter usage, dating from about 1700, is generally confined to important public figures, as in His Majesty lay in state in the palace.
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