Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Position relative to that of others; standing: Her status is that of a guest.
  • n. High standing; prestige: a position of status in the community.
  • n. Law The legal character or condition of a person or thing: the status of a minor.
  • n. A state of affairs; situation. See Synonyms at state.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person’s condition, position or standing relative to that of others.
  • n. Prestige or high standing.
  • n. A situation or state of affairs.
  • n. The legal condition of a person or thing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. State; condition; position of affairs.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Standing or position as regards rank or condition.
  • n. Position of affairs.
  • n. In law, the standing of a person before the law in the class of persons indicated by his or her legal qualities; the relation fixed by law in which a person stands toward others or the state.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the relative position or standing of things or especially persons in a society
  • n. a state at a particular time

Etymologies

Latin; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin status. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • -- _Social status the measure of financial status_.

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  • He never troubled himself about his status; indeed, we would say _status_ was not the word for him.

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  • For example ... (select statusID from STATUS_TBL where status = @status).

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  • Set @status = '65544' -- Replace your DB status here set @status2 = '1090520064' -- Replace your DB status2 here

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  • DriveGet, status, statusCD, \% drive2\% if status = open msgbox, Drive \% drive2\% is \% status\% or not ready return if TRACK =

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  • The whole PhD/postdoc change in status is a bit of a rip off, but I must ask:

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  • The solution to Quebec's uncertain status is not more concessions, Canada has made quite enough of those, but an enhanced level of Canadian political leadership and governance.

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  • As time goes on his status is arguably portrayed as even more liminal because he is the only non-empowered member of the Scooby Gang, doesn't feel he quite belongs amongst the slayers and witches and vampires and ex-demons -- but of course can't go back to the mundane ignorance of the seams that permeate the world.

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  • I suggest, like telephones, when a conversation starts the status is automatically changed to NOT AVAILABLE and stay available, as an option. —

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