A state is an organized community living under one government. States may be sovereign. The denomination state is also employed to federated states that are members of a federal union, which is the sovereign state. Some states are subject to external sovereignty or hegemony where ultimate sovereignty lies in another state. The state can also be used to refer to the secular branches of government within a state, often as a manner of contrasting them with churches and civilian institutions.

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  1. A polity.
    1. Any sovereign polity; a government.
      1. A political division of a federation retaining a degree of autonomy, for example one of the fifty United States. See also Province.
    2. A form of government other than a monarchy.
      1. A society larger than a tribe. A society large enough to form a state in the sense of a government.
  2. A condition; a set of circumstances applying at any given time.
    1. The stable condition of a processor during a particular clock cycle.
    2. The set of all parameters relevant to a computation.
    3. The values of all parameters at some point in a computation.
    4. The physical property of matter as solid, liquid, gas or plasma.
    5. Highest and stationary condition, as that of maturity between growth and decline, or as that of crisis between the increase and the abating of a disease; height; acme.
  3. High social standing or circumstance.
    1. Pomp, ceremony, or dignity.
    2. Rank; condition; quality.
      1. Condition of prosperity or grandeur; wealthy or prosperous circumstances; social importance.
        1. A chair with a canopy above it, often standing on a dais; a seat of dignity; also, the canopy itself.
        2. A great person, a dignitary; a lord or prince.
      2. Estate, possession.
  1. An element of the range of the random variables that define a random process.


  1. To declare to be a fact.
    He stated that he was willing to help.
  2. To make known.
    State your intentions.


  1. stately

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