What is the correct way to say that I have changed the status of an object? I want to say that I have statused or status'd the object but the first gets underlined by my spell-checker and the second doesn't look correct.
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"Status" doesn't really mean anything out of context. The best anyone can do is give you an answer as generic as your question.
In that case,
I updated the object.
I changed the object.
I modified the object.
I edited the object.
In computer circles, the status of a programming state or condition is a snapshot record and is subject to change.
"The status of variable x is set to some value." I have a need to status something as being done - meaning I want to record its current state. The software routine failed to status the returned value of x. He statused his work as done.
All of the above are of current usage in computer programming circles as well as those using computer programs to show snapshots of workflow states.
Maybe the dictionary folks just haven't caught up with a couple of decades of computer jargon.
My job or workflow status is: I statused my work as complete. I am statusing the job complete.
All of these usages need to be added. They aren't slang. You can find them spoken and written and any computer programmer would have perfect understanding of what was being said/written.
I don't think there is a single word that will work here. It is exceptionally accurate to just say:
... I changed the status of ...
if you really want to emphasize something about a 'status'.
... I modified ...
As a side note, 'statused' or 'status'd' just won't work for many reasons; it's too new, it is semantically a strange verbification 'I concepted the idea', 'I resulted the outcome of the experiment' are similarly difficult. That is, it your suggestions are unlikely to catch on.
The most accurate word I can think of is alter.
alter (v): to make different without changing into something else
From here. Since you are changing the status/state of an object, you are making it different. However, since it is still (presumably) the same object, you have not changed it into something else. Perfect fit!
I am in the computer industry and we use "statused" all the time to indicated that a problem report or a job has had its status changed by an individual or a group. It is a valid use, in my opinion.
Since the noun status is
a state at particular time
then making the verb out of it contradicts its own meaning.
Also, status, as a state, is a collection of all or some properties of the object. Changing the status in this sense is very general and can be any kind of change (so it does not justify its own verb and hence there is no exact verb for it; for general changes to the object see tenfour's answer).
In case you really want to introduce a verb, you might follow the noun state, which as a verb normally means
- to express something in speech or writing, especially in a definite or formal way
- to give information
but the noun state can be
- the condition of something at a particular time
- the way something is with respect to its main attributes
If you accept that the verb state developed from the noun, in a sense 'to give information about something (with respect to its main attributes)'; then, possibly,
might work for you. The main difference is that you do not feel the direct contradiction to its own meaning. However, the sense 'to change the status/state' is definitively not immediately obvious and requires context and reflection or the word has to be introduced and defined before use (however there is also a potential problem with overshadowing of the other meaning of the verb state).
I work in the car rental industry.
I came to this site because I have been looking for the best way to refer to vehicles that has had a change in status.
It may be correct to state that..."Do you have car #123 because the status in the computer shows that it is available at your location?".
But is common spoken and written practice to say instead..."Do you have #123 because it is statused 'available' to your location?" (especially when we keep vigorous notes on all aspects of the rentals (i.e. contracts, customers and units).)
As you see the word status is used differently today. Nothing physically was altered, changed, edited or modified.