Definition of status in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈstādəs/
Pronunciation: /ˈstadəs/


1The relative social, professional, or other standing of someone or something: an improvement in the status of women
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  • What is the status of professional codes of ethics relative to federal regulations?
  • As he points out, winning a major wasn't easy for a British professional of his status.
  • These primal, foundational accounts describe aspects of the real, experienced world and humanity's role and relative statuses within it.
standing, rank, ranking, position, social position, level, place, estimation
dated station
1.1High rank or social standing: those who enjoy wealth and status
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  • I watched him grow through college and Minor ranks to Senior star status over the years.
  • Many observers noted that this system worked only as long as the officer enjoyed high social status.
  • Even in a community steeped in wealth and status, the Tanners were a distinguished clan.
prestige, kudos, cachet, standing, stature, regard, fame, note, renown, honor, esteem, image, importance, prominence, consequence, distinction, influence, authority, eminence
1.2The official classification given to a person, country, or organization, determining their rights or responsibilities: the duchy had been elevated to the status of a principality
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  • The reality is that a single organization can have multiple statuses, as determined by the functions it performs.
  • The present study describes New Zealand women prisoners' patterns of official institutional misconduct and their security classification statuses.
  • A player's status can be determined by the status of the clubs with which he is linked.
2The position of affairs at a particular time, especially in political or commercial contexts: an update on the status of the bill
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  • I want regular reports on our status, and the legions are to be kept on constant alert.
  • A spokesman for Aberdeen also refused to shed any light on the status of the bidding process.
  • The SHB annual report also reveals the status of a number of capital projects in the county.
state, position, condition, shape, stage
2.1A posting on a social networking website that indicates a user’s current situation, state of mind, or opinion about something: when I updated my status on Facebook yesterday I said I was ‘seeking a sense of purpose’ [as modifier]: I noticed that there were some interesting status updates from some of my local friends
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  • So, if I were to meet someone new, at what point am I supposed to change my status so that it smugly reads "In A Relationship"?
  • A man was convicted today of murdering his partner less than a fortnight after she changed her status to single on Facebook.
  • In March he changed his status on website Facebook from "Married" to "It's complicated" then changed it back in April.


Late 18th century (as a legal term meaning 'legal standing'): from Latin, literally 'standing', from stare 'to stand'.

Words that rhyme with status

apparatus, Donatus, hiatus

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Syllabification: sta·tus

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