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status Line breaks: sta¦tus
Pronunciation: /ˈsteɪtəs/

Definition of status in English:


1Relative social or professional position; standing: an improvement in the status of women
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  • The new system involved a division of labour which accentuated differences and tension between high and lower status employees.
  • In human societies, as in primate groups, lower status means less personal control.
  • Too often, however, the chair of an academic meeting is determined by status rather than skill.
standing, rank, ranking, position, social position, station, level, footing, place;
repute, reputation, estimation, stature
archaic condition, degree, report
1.1 [mass noun] High 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, prestigiousness, reputation, repute, (good) name, regard, fame, note, renown, honour, esteem, estimation, image, account, rank, character, celebrity, importance, prominence, consequence, class, distinction, laurels, influence, weight, authority, supremacy, eminence, superiority;
New Zealand mana;
Indian izzat
informal clout
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 situation at a particular time during a process: 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.
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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  • A few weeks ago, a friend told me about a status update she'd received via Facebook.
  • Writing a blog post is a lot harder than posting a status update, putting a funny link on someone's Wall, or tweeting.
  • His last status update, according to the newspaper, came Sunday at 10:58 a.m.


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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