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interstate

[adjective in-ter-steyt; noun in-ter-steyt] /adjective ˌɪn tərˈsteɪt; noun ˈɪn tərˌsteɪt/
adjective
1.
connecting or involving different states:
interstate commerce.
noun
2.
a highway serving two or more states.
3.
(sometimes initial capital letter) a highway that is part of the nationwide U.S. Interstate Highway System.
Origin of interstate
1835-1845
An Americanism dating back to 1835-45; inter- + state
Related forms
noninterstate, adjective
Can be confused
interstate, intestate, intrastate.
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Examples from the Web for interstate
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  • Interfamily, intercommunity, interstate,and international hygiene.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • The regulation of interstate commerce was not a party measure.

    The New Nation Frederic L. Paxson
  • The interstate Commerce Law was still new when he took office.

    The New Nation Frederic L. Paxson
  • The interstate Commerce Law was revised and strengthened in 1910.

    The New Nation Frederic L. Paxson
  • Free passes, on interstate railroads, forbidden by law, 313.

    The New Nation Frederic L. Paxson
British Dictionary definitions for interstate

interstate

/ˈɪntəˌsteɪt/
adjective
1.
between or involving two or more of the states of the US, Australia, etc
adverb
2.
(Austral) to or into another state
verb
3.
(US) a motorway crossing between states
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Word Origin and History for interstate
adj.

1845, from inter- + state (n.). As "an interstate highway," by 1986, American English.

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