1. state, nation, country, land, commonwealth, res publica, body politic, political unit, political entity
usage: a politically organized body of people under a single government; "the state has elected a new president"; "African nations"; "students who had come to the nation's capitol"; "the country's largest manufacturer"; "an industrialized land"
usage: an area outside of cities and towns; "his poetry celebrated the slower pace of life in the country"
5. area, country, region
usage: a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography); "it was a mountainous area"; "Bible country"