Definition of status in US English:



  • 1The relative social, professional, or other standing of someone or something.

    ‘an improvement in the status of women’
    • ‘Access to city spaces should be guaranteed by virtue of citizenship, but it is increasingly becoming a privilege conferred by status.’
    • ‘The armed forces consisted largely of amateur, part-time soldiers, and social and political statuses within a community were tied to military roles.’
    • ‘Too often, however, the chair of an academic meeting is determined by status rather than skill.’
    • ‘The new system involved a division of labour which accentuated differences and tension between high and lower status employees.’
    • ‘You are a person who can make friends in the highest social categories as well as with persons of an inferior status.’
    • ‘We need to look at the social conventions governing the status of the creator of an image or artefact.’
    • ‘Research has shown that the statuses vary along a number of important social and personal dimensions.’
    • ‘These relative statuses may reflect an individual's age, gender, or social role or may reflect relationships among different social institutions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Competition for college places is shrinking the advantage that legacy status confers.’
    • ‘In human societies, as in primate groups, lower status means less personal control.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Should educational status determine the ability to row in a particular class of racing?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When the husband dies the widow often loses her position in society as well as her legal status and financial support.’
    • ‘What is the status of professional codes of ethics relative to federal regulations?’
    • ‘We also asked about their parents' relationship statuses.’
    • ‘As he points out, winning a major wasn't easy for a British professional of his status.’
    • ‘Further, in this research, gender differences in relation to identity statuses were explored on the composite identity scores.’
    • ‘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, station, level, footing, place
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    1. 1.1 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.’
      • ‘Automobiles are difficult to obtain, and the ownership of a car is a symbol of wealth and high status.’
      • ‘Cheran enjoyed his new found status as an actor as fans mobbed him everywhere.’
      • ‘They were obviously very luxurious, and ownership implied great wealth and 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.’
      • ‘The quantity of grave goods varied, suggesting that rank and status were represented in death.’
      • ‘Social status and political power would be nice, but being able to eat and live are more important.’
      • ‘Among some southern tribes, the number of cattle a family owns is a sign of wealth and status.’
      • ‘She said the status would also help boost the school's health and social care vocational work.’
      • ‘Most of them don't come from wealthy or influential families or have wealth or status in their own right.’
      • ‘Many observers noted that this system worked only as long as the officer enjoyed high social status.’
      • ‘They were given power, wealth, office and status on condition that they kept the peace and adopted Roman ways.’
      • ‘There appears to be a growing percentage enjoying an upper class status in South Africa.’
      • ‘She had never been able to accept the notion of marrying for wealth or for status.’
      • ‘Even in a community steeped in wealth and status, the Tanners were a distinguished clan.’
      • ‘I watched him grow through college and Minor ranks to Senior star status over the years.’
      • ‘On the one hand, it was a powerful tool to enhance or sustain personal and corporate power, wealth, and status.’
      • ‘In our country, we seem to have an innate resistance to thinking of business as a route to wealth or status.’
      • ‘They had to be waited on hand and foot and the size of their household was a barometer of wealth and status.’
      prestige, kudos, cachet, standing, stature, prestigiousness, reputation, repute, name, 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
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    2. 1.2 The 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’
      • ‘This status classifies all regions outside the national park area as disease free.’
      • ‘Do the recent track records of returning stars warrant their elevated status in new shows?’
      • ‘So there is one more race to follow, and nearly enough candidates to apply for official club status.’
      • ‘Perhaps this argument seemed so incontrovertible that it did not qualify for elevation to the status of a test.’
      • ‘That is to say, they may not be part of the mechanism by which plant cells determine their carbohydrate status.’
      • ‘Its organic status gave it the gutsy real flavours that chemicals never can.’
      • ‘Her status in society is determined in substantial measure by the vocation and success of her husband.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘So far, only two other railway lines have been granted the status from nearly 800 sites worldwide.’
      • ‘If he is found guilty in one way or the other, he will lose his public official status.’
      • ‘Provided the animal is not slaughtered or milked within the specified period, its organic status remains.’
      • ‘The present study describes New Zealand women prisoners' patterns of official institutional misconduct and their security classification statuses.’
      • ‘The first thing he did when he got back was register my birth so I could have official status in the tribe.’
      • ‘Her bold actions have elevated her to the status of national hero and prompted thousands of offers of marriage.’
      • ‘The reality is that a single organization can have multiple statuses, as determined by the functions it performs.’
      • ‘By this age you have retired from work, and are granted the status as a senior citizen.’
      • ‘A player's status can be determined by the status of the clubs with which he is linked.’
      • ‘The former is a preliminary step to sainthood, while the latter is the elevation to the status of saint.’
      • ‘If the monitor discovers serious failings the trust could lose its Foundation status.’
      • ‘But these vocalisations should not be elevated to the status of human communications.’
  • 2The position of affairs at a particular time, especially in political or commercial contexts.

    ‘an update on the status of the bill’
    • ‘Allows facilities managers to fully control and report on the status of all parts, suppliers and equipment.’
    • ‘The status field tells you whether the bill has been paid, is pending or is in dispute.’
    • ‘The Status Board provides a 30 second update of the status of each Challenge team.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She toyed with them incessantly as she typed up the daily status and safety reports.’
    • ‘A spokesman for Aberdeen also refused to shed any light on the status of the bidding process.’
    • ‘I want regular reports on our status, and the legions are to be kept on constant alert.’
    • ‘The SHB annual report also reveals the status of a number of capital projects in the county.’
    • ‘The feature is particularly good for information such as weather reports where you only want the latest status.’
    • ‘Their protected status means that marine life will continue to thrive and conditions will improve in both rivers.’
    • ‘The hospitals were not named publicly in last year's report but were individually informed of their status.’
    • ‘Updates on the health status of the injured were not returned as of press time.’
    • ‘This clarifies the status of certain MEAs, but does not provide a process for the approval of future MEAs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It allows the battalion signal officer to fully manage the services within their battalion and report statuses to the brigade signal officer.’
    • ‘What is reported by journalists rapidly acquires the status of truth, whether or not it has actually happened.’
    • ‘Kindly bear with us for another 2 working days and I can assure you that we will surely update you with the status.’
    • ‘Deloitte and Touche publish an annual report on the financial status of the British game.’
    1. 2.1 A 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’
      • ‘In an eerie Facebook status update on Monday, re-posted by a friend online, he appeared to be saying goodbye.’
      • ‘But the notion of a film or TV show based on a Facebook status update is not necessarily a trivial or inane one.’
      • ‘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?'’
      • ‘In March he changed his status on website Facebook from "Married" to "It's complicated" then changed it back in April.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You use the example of posting a status update that you're going for a shower.’
      • ‘His last status update, according to the newspaper, came Sunday at 10:58 a.m.’
      • ‘So, after posting this status update on my Facebook, I seem to have inadvertently insulted several of my schoolmates.’
      • ‘Currently, my News Feed includes a status update from last night at 8:04 that has been commented upon several times since.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A few weeks ago, a friend told me about a status update she'd received via Facebook.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Post your job on your Facebook page or as a status update.’
      • ‘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.’


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