Definition of upstate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌəpˈstāt/

adjective& adverb

Of, in, or to the northern part of a state, especially when regarded as remote from the state’s large cities: [as adjective]: the Watermans bought 27 acres in upstate Vermont
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  • It doesn't matter so much in New York City, but upstate it's a problem.
  • The city's intransigence has hardened already hard upstate opposition.
  • The network spans southern upstate New York, Long Island, northern New Jersey and Connecticut.


1An upstate area: visiting farmers from upstate
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  • If you actually look at the area of South Carolina where she is doing a little bit better than him, it's up in the upstate.
  • I want to congratulate him on winning 70 percent of the vote here in the upstate of South Carolina.
  • I had no idea where we were at the time, but we were definitely in the upstate.
1.1 (also Upstate) In New York, parts of the state north of New York City, thought of as distinct culturally and politically: Concord table grapes from upstate [as modifier]: the small community college in upstate New York
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  • My trip to America took me to a Humour Conference in Upstate New York, in Saratoga Springs to be exact.
  • Breton is an Upstate village, mid-road between Buffalo and Rochester, where the total cultural amenities are a bar, a motel and a diner.
  • If I was having trouble salvaging drowned onions that year, the Upstate onion growers surely would be sharing my problem - and they were.



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  • One solution advanced by some upstaters has been to tell New York City to generate more power of its own.
  • City residents commonly believe that upstaters are uneducated, lower-class people who do not care about the environment.
  • So when upstaters and downstaters talk today about the need to cut costs to grow the economy, it's as though they're living in two different worlds.

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Syllabification: up·state

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