1 condition(s), circumstance(s), situation, state of affairs, status, shape, position:
He was concerned about the state of the company's finances.
2 structure, form, constitution, shape, phase, stage:
One does not see iodine in its gaseous state outside the laboratory.
3 grandeur, pomp, style, splendour, magnificence, glory, brilliance:
The prince was met at the airport and escorted in state to the palace.
4 nation, country, land, body politic:
No longer a colony, it became an independent state in 1952.
5 governmental, government, national, federal:
The State schools in the town had a good reputation.
6 ceremonial, formal, dignified, stately, solemn, official; royal, regal, imperial, majestic:
We attended a state dinner at the White House. The Queen travelled in the state coach from Buckingham Palace to Westminster.
7 aver, assert, asseverate, declare, affirm, express, report, articulate, voice, specify, delineate, claim, maintain, allege, submit, confirm; say, testify, hold, have:
He has often stated his firm belief in democracy. He stated firmly that he was not in the house on the night of the murder.