Definition of status in English:



  • 1Relative social or professional position; standing.

    ‘an improvement in the status of women’
    • ‘Too often, however, the chair of an academic meeting is determined by status rather than skill.’
    • ‘We need to look at the social conventions governing the status of the creator of an image or artefact.’
    • ‘In human societies, as in primate groups, lower status means less personal control.’
    • ‘Research has shown that the statuses vary along a number of important social and personal dimensions.’
    • ‘Access to city spaces should be guaranteed by virtue of citizenship, but it is increasingly becoming a privilege conferred by status.’
    • ‘These primal, foundational accounts describe aspects of the real, experienced world and humanity's role and relative statuses within it.’
    • ‘Competition for college places is shrinking the advantage that legacy status confers.’
    • ‘As he points out, winning a major wasn't easy for a British professional of his status.’
    • ‘The new system involved a division of labour which accentuated differences and tension between high and lower status employees.’
    • ‘We also asked about their parents' relationship statuses.’
    • ‘You are a person who can make friends in the highest social categories as well as with persons of an inferior status.’
    • ‘What is the status of professional codes of ethics relative to federal regulations?’
    • ‘When not sitting in a dark room, I devise ways of eating and drinking in fancy hotel restaurants for free, a pursuit hampered by my lowly status among the global press corps and my inability to introduce people to anybody famous or rich.’
    • ‘The fact that the pair are star athletes has led some to claim that the investigation into their alleged crimes was somehow hampered by their status in the community, a claim denied by local police.’
    • ‘Should educational status determine the ability to row in a particular class of racing?’
    • ‘While recent research on social capital has emphasized the importance of social ties that bridge heterogeneous groups and statuses, these results suggest that religion may be wanting in this respect.’
    • ‘These relative statuses may reflect an individual's age, gender, or social role or may reflect relationships among different social institutions.’
    • ‘When the husband dies the widow often loses her position in society as well as her legal status and financial support.’
    • ‘Further, in this research, gender differences in relation to identity statuses were explored on the composite identity scores.’
    • ‘The armed forces consisted largely of amateur, part-time soldiers, and social and political statuses within a community were tied to military roles.’
    standing, rank, ranking, position, social position, station, level, footing, place
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    1. 1.1[mass noun]High rank or social standing.
      ‘those who enjoy wealth and status’
      • ‘Individuals in the old regime were intensely concerned with questions of status and rank.’
      • ‘Cheran enjoyed his new found status as an actor as fans mobbed him everywhere.’
      • ‘They had to be waited on hand and foot and the size of their household was a barometer of wealth and status.’
      • ‘The quantity of grave goods varied, suggesting that rank and status were represented in death.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In our country, we seem to have an innate resistance to thinking of business as a route to wealth or status.’
      • ‘Years after his fighting days he continued to enjoy legendary status in Latin America.’
      • ‘No points for guessing but this committee too is headed by Sonia, who enjoys Cabinet status.’
      • ‘Most of them don't come from wealthy or influential families or have wealth or status in their own right.’
      • ‘They were obviously very luxurious, and ownership implied great wealth and status.’
      • ‘She had never been able to accept the notion of marrying for wealth or for status.’
      • ‘There appears to be a growing percentage enjoying an upper class status in South Africa.’
      • ‘Automobiles are difficult to obtain, and the ownership of a car is a symbol of wealth and high status.’
      • ‘On the one hand, it was a powerful tool to enhance or sustain personal and corporate power, wealth, and status.’
      • ‘Social status and political power would be nice, but being able to eat and live are more important.’
      • ‘They were given power, wealth, office and status on condition that they kept the peace and adopted Roman ways.’
      • ‘She said the status would also help boost the school's health and social care vocational work.’
      • ‘Among some southern tribes, the number of cattle a family owns is a sign of wealth and status.’
      • ‘I watched him grow through college and Minor ranks to Senior star status over the years.’
      prestige, kudos, cachet, standing, stature, prestigiousness, reputation, repute, regard, fame, note, renown, honour, esteem, estimation, image, account, rank, character, celebrity, importance, prominence, consequence, class, distinction, laurels, influence, weight, authority, supremacy, eminence, superiority
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    2. 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’
      • ‘So there is one more race to follow, and nearly enough candidates to apply for official club status.’
      • ‘The reality is that a single organization can have multiple statuses, as determined by the functions it performs.’
      • ‘This status classifies all regions outside the national park area as disease free.’
      • ‘Her bold actions have elevated her to the status of national hero and prompted thousands of offers of marriage.’
      • ‘That is to say, they may not be part of the mechanism by which plant cells determine their carbohydrate status.’
      • ‘A player's status can be determined by the status of the clubs with which he is linked.’
      • ‘If the monitor discovers serious failings the trust could lose its Foundation status.’
      • ‘Her status in society is determined in substantial measure by the vocation and success of her husband.’
      • ‘The first thing he did when he got back was register my birth so I could have official status in the tribe.’
      • ‘But these vocalisations should not be elevated to the status of human communications.’
      • ‘Provided the animal is not slaughtered or milked within the specified period, its organic status remains.’
      • ‘The former is a preliminary step to sainthood, while the latter is the elevation to the status of saint.’
      • ‘If he is found guilty in one way or the other, he will lose his public official status.’
      • ‘Lurie also talks about setting ‘standards’ rather like the apprentice, journeyman, and master statuses granted by craft unions to workers who meet a set of skill, training, and experience criteria.’
      • ‘The present study describes New Zealand women prisoners' patterns of official institutional misconduct and their security classification statuses.’
      • ‘So far, only two other railway lines have been granted the status from nearly 800 sites worldwide.’
      • ‘Do the recent track records of returning stars warrant their elevated status in new shows?’
      • ‘Its organic status gave it the gutsy real flavours that chemicals never can.’
      • ‘Perhaps this argument seemed so incontrovertible that it did not qualify for elevation to the status of a test.’
      • ‘By this age you have retired from work, and are granted the status as a senior citizen.’
  • 2The situation at a particular time during a process.

    ‘an update on the status of the bill’
    • ‘Updates on the health status of the injured were not returned as of press time.’
    • ‘Deloitte and Touche publish an annual report on the financial status of the British game.’
    • ‘The hospitals were not named publicly in last year's report but were individually informed of their status.’
    • ‘Their protected status means that marine life will continue to thrive and conditions will improve in both rivers.’
    • ‘Allows facilities managers to fully control and report on the status of all parts, suppliers and equipment.’
    • ‘This clarifies the status of certain MEAs, but does not provide a process for the approval of future MEAs.’
    • ‘The Status Board provides a 30 second update of the status of each Challenge team.’
    • ‘The feature is particularly good for information such as weather reports where you only want the latest status.’
    • ‘The goal of this brief review is to provide an update on the current status of the research on psyllium and health.’
    • ‘He added that an update on the status of the open source trials is expected at around the same time.’
    • ‘Kindly bear with us for another 2 working days and I can assure you that we will surely update you with the status.’
    • ‘She toyed with them incessantly as she typed up the daily status and safety reports.’
    • ‘As described earlier the identity statuses are defined in terms of process, not content, variables.’
    • ‘The Iceni revolted and were put down by force: the true status of the client kingdoms had now been made plain.’
    • ‘I want regular reports on our status, and the legions are to be kept on constant alert.’
    • ‘The status field tells you whether the bill has been paid, is pending or is in dispute.’
    • ‘What is reported by journalists rapidly acquires the status of truth, whether or not it has actually happened.’
    • ‘A spokesman for Aberdeen also refused to shed any light on the status of the bidding process.’
    • ‘It allows the battalion signal officer to fully manage the services within their battalion and report statuses to the brigade signal officer.’
    • ‘The SHB annual report also reveals the status of a number of capital projects in the county.’
    1. 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’
      • ‘His last status update, according to the newspaper, came Sunday at 10:58 a.m.’
      • ‘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"?’
      • ‘In an eerie Facebook status update on Monday, re-posted by a friend online, he appeared to be saying goodbye.’
      • ‘Currently, my News Feed includes a status update from last night at 8:04 that has been commented upon several times since.’
      • ‘So, after posting this status update on my Facebook, I seem to have inadvertently insulted several of my schoolmates.’
      • ‘Post your job on your Facebook page or as a status update.’
      • ‘In March he changed his status on website Facebook from "Married" to "It's complicated" then changed it back in April.’
      • ‘You use the example of posting a status update that you're going for a shower.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, over on Facebook, my less up-to-the-technological-minute friends are using the status update feature to express their views on the election.’
      • ‘If any of you follow me on Facebook and saw my status update late last night, I would like to vent my reason for it.’
      • ‘Finally, the site makes it easy to post a status update to all of your sites in one fell swoop: You simply click the 'What are you doing?'’
      • ‘I'm proud to have only 59 friends, I occasionally enjoy a status update or two, I look at pictures, pretty much every soft thing you can imagine.’
      • ‘But the notion of a film or TV show based on a Facebook status update is not necessarily a trivial or inane one.’
      • ‘She was confused about how I knew, but I reminded her we were Facebook friends, and that she had posted a "status update" about her sleeplessness.’
      • ‘Writing a blog post is a lot harder than posting a status update, putting a funny link on someone's Wall, or tweeting.’
      • ‘A man was convicted today of murdering his partner less than a fortnight after she changed her status to single on Facebook.’
      • ‘A few weeks ago, a friend told me about a status update she'd received via Facebook.’


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