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


    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 formsstat·a·ble, state·a·ble, adjectivean·ti·state, adjectivecoun·ter·state, verb, coun·ter·stat·ed, coun·ter·stat·ing.out·state, verb (used with object), out·stat·ed, out·stat·ing.sub·state, nounun·stat·a·ble, adjectiveun·state·a·ble, adjective

Synonyms for state

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

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Historical Examples of stating

  • She's mine, and I'm hers—which are two ways of stating the same delightful fact.

  • Gently I pushed her away and arose, stating that I must leave at once.

  • We must stake our all on a lucky throw, and I will share the risk by stating my views on education.



  • He saw, at last, that he was stating something not altogether accurate.

    St. Martin's Summer

    Rafael Sabatini

  • I think there is now no impropriety in stating that it is to her that the poem "Memories" refers.


    Samuel T. Pickard

British Dictionary definitions for stating



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 stating



early 13c., "circumstances, temporary attributes of a person or thing, conditions," from Latin status "manner of standing, position, condition," noun of action from past participle stem of stare "to stand" from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Some Middle English senses are via Old French estat (French état; see estate).

The Latin word was adopted into other modern Germanic languages (e.g. German, Dutch staat) but chiefly in the political senses only. Meaning "physical condition as regards form or structure" is attested from late 13c. Meaning "mental or emotional condition" is attested from 1530s (phrase state of mind first attested 1749); colloquial sense of "agitated or perturbed state" is from 1837.

He [the President] shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient. [U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section iii]



1590s, "to set in a position," from state (n.1); the sense of "declare in words" is first attested 1640s, from the notion of "placing" something on the record. Related: Stated; stating.



"political organization of a country, supreme civil power, government," 1530s, from state (n.1); this sense grew out of the meaning "condition of a country" with regard to government, prosperity, etc. (late 13c.), from Latin phrases such as status rei publicæ "condition of the republic." Often in phrase church and state, which is attested from 1580s.

The sense of "semi-independent political entity under a federal authority" (as in the United States of America) is from 1856; the British North American colonies occasionally were called states as far back as 1630s. The states has been short for "the United States of America" since 1777; hence stateside (1944), World War II U.S. military slang. State rights in U.S. political sense is attested from 1798; form states rights is first recorded 1858.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for stating




A condition or situation; status.
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Idioms and Phrases with stating


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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