[ steyt ]
/ steɪt /



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

British Dictionary definitions for lie in state


/ (steɪt) /



verb (tr; may take a clause as object)

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 lie in state
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Medicine definitions for lie in state


[ stāt ]


A condition or situation; status.

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Idioms and Phrases with lie in state

lie in state

see under in 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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