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

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Other Words from upstate

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

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In an effort to get to know her future sister-in-law, Katie agrees to a trip upstate and invites two of her college friends to join. Annabel Gutterman, Time, "Dark Secrets at Book Club and a Deadly Wellness Retreat. 5 Unexpected Summer Thrillers," 25 July 2019 Her sons exercise their power and send Lotte to a nursing home upstate. Madeleine Schwartz, Harper's magazine, "Warm, Weird, Effervescent," 10 June 2019 His reluctance deepens when Hannah, laid off from her gig at the New-York Historical Society, gets wind of a job opening upstate as the live-in director of an 18th-century home museum. John Searles, New York Times, "The House May Be Haunted. But in This Novel, Commitment Is Scarier.," 13 Apr. 2018 Founded initially as a low-fi art gallery in a barn upstate, Green River Project LLC was a space to do side projects outside their day jobs as artist’s assistants: Aujla for Nate Lowman, and Bloomstein for Robert Goeber. Kaitlin Phillips, Vogue, "Green River Project LLC Debuts Elegant, Lounge-Ready Furniture Alongside Bode’s Menswear," 11 July 2018 In the interview, Ms. Miner took particular aim at Mr. Cuomo’s ethics, his economic development record upstate and the worsening woes of New York City’s subway system. Shane Goldmacher, New York Times, "Stephanie Miner to Make Independent Bid to Challenge Cuomo," 18 June 2018 Turns out Betsy Ross is the biggest lie your kindergarten teacher ever told you (except that Bubbles the class gerbil was moving to a farm upstate). Josh Axelrod And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "It's Flag Day. Here are some fun facts about the American flag you may not have known," 14 June 2018 The drive upstate is usually gorgeous, but a steady downpour obscured the vistas. Susan Spencer, Woman's Day, "A Weekend with the Girls in a BMW 435i Convertible," 17 July 2014 MedMen grows everything sold in the store upstate in Utica, .N.Y, but this means a more limited variety of offerings compared to their locations on the west coast. Grace Donnelly, Fortune, "Marijuana Dispensary Opens on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan on 4/20," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of upstate

1901, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of upstate

US : the northern part of a state

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