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"
2. nation, land, country, people
usage: the people who live in a nation or country; "a statement that sums up the nation's mood"; "the news was announced to the nation"; "the whole country worshipped him"
3. Nation, Carry Nation, Carry Amelia Moore Nation
usage: United States prohibitionist who raided saloons and destroyed bottles of liquor with a hatchet (1846-1911)
4. nation, confederation, confederacy, federation
usage: a federation of tribes (especially Native American tribes); "the Shawnee nation"