in·​ter·​state | \ ˌin-tər-ˈstāt How to pronounce interstate (audio) \

Definition of interstate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, connecting, or existing between two or more states especially of the U.S. interstate commerce


in·​ter·​state | \ ˈin-tər-ˌstāt How to pronounce interstate (audio) \

Definition of interstate (Entry 2 of 2)

: any of a system of expressways connecting most major U.S. cities

called also interstate highway

Examples of interstate in a Sentence

Noun You'll get there quicker if you take the interstate.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Minors face restrictions in independently buying interstate bus, rail, or airline tickets. Tracey Wilkinson, STAT, 28 June 2022 The homeless who sleep under interstate overpasses will likely be affected. al, 23 June 2022 Revenue from the gas tax goes to the Highway Trust Fund, to pay for construction and interstate projects. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, 22 June 2022 Strikingly, however, this brewing interstate war would be something relatively new. CNN, 21 June 2022 And an interstate compact launched in 2017 has attracted relatively few participants. David Ingram, NBC News, 19 June 2022 Senator Cindy Friedman of Arlington, who proposed the measure, told the Globe last month it was written in a way that would respect interstate commerce laws and the ability of plaintiffs to bring legitimate lawsuits. Globe Staff,, 18 June 2022 In recent years, cities across the U.S. have reconfigured urban highways to repair damage caused by the first wave of interstate construction in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s, when engineers plowed roadways through low-income and minority neighborhoods. Steven Litt, cleveland, 15 June 2022 Shameik Camara, 32, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of firearm by a felon, and one count of receipt and possession of items from an interstate shipment, according to federal authorities. Hartford Courant, 14 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Barreto guides his minivan to the interstate and then climbs out of the valley to visit Al Raczkowski, age 88. Michael Forster Rothbart, Scientific American, 10 June 2022 The Champlain Parkway will be a two-lane road that is designed to eventually connect Interstate 189 with with downtown Burlington, but the initial construction phase will not connect to the interstate. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 27 Apr. 2022 The perimeter extended the length of Riggs Avenue as well as side streets and up to the interstate. Fox19, The Enquirer, 10 Mar. 2022 The truck, now with both men inside, chased Gibson out of Brookhaven and to the interstate, Gibson said. Jennifer Henderson, Nick Valencia And Jade Gordon, CNN, 10 Feb. 2022 The water was way up the off ramp and almost to the interstate. . . . Bob Carlton |, al, 10 Feb. 2022 Trucks routinely park in her local shopping center and on the side of the entrance ramp to the interstate. David Harrison, WSJ, 26 Jan. 2022 All access to the interstate is closed for travel from Troutdale to Cascade Locks. oregonlive, 6 Jan. 2022 Nestled next to the interstate, the complex is expected to generate millions of dollars and the developers say the two home suburbs would get some $3 million in tax revenue with another $4 million split among numerous area communities. Jerry Shnay,, 3 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of interstate


1844, in the meaning defined above


1968, in the meaning defined above

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“Interstate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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: existing or occurring between two or more states an interstate highway

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