• (British, America) IPA: /ˈsteɪt.əs/
  • (America, CA, AU) enPR: stătəs, IPA: /ˈstæt.əs/


  1. A person’s condition, position or standing relative to that of others.
    Superstition is highly correlated with economic status.
  2. Prestige or high standing.
  3. A situation or state of affairs.
    What's the status of the investigation?
    New York is known for its status as a financial center.
  4. (legal) The legal condition of a person or thing.
    1. (Canada, almost always used to modify another noun) The state (of a Canadian Indian) of being registered under the Indian Act.
      He is a status Indian.
  5. (social networking) A function of some instant messaging applications, whereby a user may post a message that appears automatically to other users, if they attempt to make contact.
    I'm just about to update my status to "busy".
  6. (medicine) Short for status epilepticus or status asthmaticus.
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