verb (used with object), stat·ed, stat·ing.
Origin of state
The e in estat is called a prothetic e ( prothetikós means “prefixed” in Greek). The prothetic e appears in the Romance languages of France (French, Provençal), and the Iberian Peninsula (Castilian, Portuguese, Catalan), and in Logudorese (the most conservative dialect of the Sardinian language). For example, Latin schola “school” appears as école in French (from earlier escole ), escòla in Provençal, escuela in Castilian, escola in Portuguese and Catalan, and iscola in Logudorese. The prothetic e was never common in Italy except to avoid ungainly consonant clusters; thus Italian la scuola “the school” becomes per iscuola “for school.” Prothesis persists in modern Spanish, Portuguese, and Catalan: “station” is estación, estação, and estació, respectively, but it is no longer productive in French (“station” is station ) or Italian ( stazione ). Prothesis has never been common in Romanian (“school” is şcoală ).
Examples from the Web for state
Dental leaders barnstormed the state, and cities began to fluoridate.
This week, Florida became the 36th state to allow same-sex marriage.
But if you have a hearing and you prove that someone is mature enough, well then that state interest evaporates.
Duke was a state representative whose neo-Nazi alliances were disgorged in media reports during his run for governor in 1991.
At the time (and until 1913), U.S. senators were not popularly elected but were selected by the state legislature.The Black Man Who Replaced Jefferson Davis in the Senate|Philip Dray|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
It is always of a deep colour, and is doubtless introduced in the state of cercaria, when the animal is drinking.Animal Parasites and Messmates|P. J. Van Beneden
One of the "owned" senators representing a decadent New England state, himself master of the state political machine.Theft|Jack London
There was nothing in the state of the atmosphere to attract special attention.A History of Epidemics in Britain, Volume II (of 2)|Charles Creighton
You state here, 'upon cool, deliberate inquiry': what was that cool, deliberate inquiry?
He wrought a state out of tribal kinship and fostered an independence and self-reliance which no oppression could destroy.Optimism|Helen Keller
British Dictionary definitions for state
verb (tr; may take a clause as object)
Derived Formsstatable or stateable, adjectivestatehood, noun
Word Origin for state
Medicine definitions for state
Idioms and Phrases with state
In addition to the idiom beginning with state
- state of the art
- in a lather (state)
- in state
- ship of state