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

Examples of upstate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1995, he was convicted of robbery and sent to Bare Hill correctional facility upstate. Ali Watkins, New York Times, "Man Who Shot Up a Bronx Precinct Was ‘Tired of Police Officers’," 10 Feb. 2020 In season three, the cast was foiled in their plans to get to Rachel's ski cabin upstate. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "Our Favorite ‘Friends’ Travel Episodes, Ahead of the Show’s 25th Anniversary," 19 Sep. 2019 And Andrew Yang's campaign, which plans to build a field office upstate in Reno, has hired more communications staff and named its own new political director. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Get ready to watch a bunch of Mike Bloomberg ads," 22 Nov. 2019 According to The New York Times, the men claimed that the city purposely transferred them from Rikers Island to a jail upstate, knowing that they would be beaten and placed in solitary confinement at their new location. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "New York City Reaches $980,000 Settlement With Young Detainees Who Were Beaten, Forced Into Solitary Confinement," 21 Oct. 2019 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

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First Known Use of upstate

1901, in the meaning defined above

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“Upstate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of upstate

US : the northern part of a state

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