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interstate

[adjective in-ter-steyt; noun in-ter-steyt]
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adjective
  1. connecting or involving different states: interstate commerce.
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noun
  1. a highway serving two or more states.
  2. (sometimes initial capital letter) a highway that is part of the nationwide U.S. Interstate Highway System.
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Origin of interstate

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; inter- + state
Related formsnon·in·ter·state, adjective
Can be confusedinterstate intestate intrastate
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Related Words

communalcivilethnicdomesticgovernmentalinternalsocialpublicnationwideinterstateroadwayfreewaysuperhighwayexpresswayturnpikethoroughfarehighwayarteryroadboulevard

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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

adjective
  1. between or involving two or more of the states of the US, Australia, etc
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adverb
  1. Australian to or into another state
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verb
  1. 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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