up·​state | \ ˈəp-ˌstāt How to pronounce upstate (audio) \

Definition of upstate

: the chiefly northerly sections of a state also : the chiefly rural part of a state when the major metropolitan area is in the south

Other Words from upstate

upstate \ ˈəp-​ˈstāt How to pronounce upstate (audio) \ adverb or adjective
upstater \ ˈəp-​ˈstā-​tər How to pronounce upstate (audio) \ noun

Examples of upstate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web New York redistricting this year eliminated a Republican district upstate, but originally went through several re-drawings. Darreonna Davis, Forbes, 28 June 2022 Shot by cinematographer Rina Yang, the film follows the story told by the song's vivid lyrics, with its co-leads taking a trip upstate that begins romantic and ends in a breakup. Jack Irvin,, 9 June 2022 In New York, the spaces available for such businesses are former power plants scattered across upstate that were among the state’s most polluting and inefficient. New York Times, 7 June 2022 By 2017, Lopez, after earning her GED and briefly attending college upstate, was living with an aunt in Brooklyn. Andy Newman,, 3 July 2022 The conspiracy ran from 2004 to 2020 in New York City and upstate, prosecutors alleged. Victoria Bekiempis, Rolling Stone, 11 May 2022 Authorities believe the assault was an intentional attack on members of a predominantly Black upstate New York neighborhood. Sarah Eames, USA TODAY, 15 May 2022 Another patient had recently returned to Rikers after a stint in an ICE detention facility upstate. Rachael Bedard, The New Yorker, 24 Mar. 2022 Wong credits her former partner from Van Da, the restaurateur Yen Ngo and the artist Darren Waterston, for inviting her upstate to partake in the duo’s mammoth multi-dining project. Laura Neilson, Vogue, 18 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of upstate

1901, in the meaning defined above

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“Upstate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Aug. 2022.

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