Meaning of State of the Union message

State' of the Un'ion mes"sage

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— U.S. Govt. U.S. Govt.
  1. an annual message to Congress in which the President reports on the state of the nation and outlines a legislative program: required by the Constitution (Article II, Section 3). Also called
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