noun Date: 1909 the chiefly southerly sections of a state; also the chiefly rural part of a state when the major metropolitan area is to the north • downstate adjective or adverbdownstater noun

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  • downstate — downstater, n. n., adv. /down stayt /; adj. /down stayt / n. 1. the southern part of a U.S. state. adj. 2. located in or characteristic of this part: The downstate precincts reported early. adv. 3. in, to, or into the downstate area: We re going… …   Universalium

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  • downstate — adj., n., & adv. US adj. of or in a part of a state remote from large cities, esp. the southern part. n. a downstate area. adv. in a downstate area …   Useful english dictionary

  • downstate — down|state [ˈdaunsteıt] adj [only before noun] AmE in or from the southern part of a state ≠ ↑upstate ▪ A downstate judge was called in to hear the case. >down|state [ˌdaunˈsteıt] adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • downstate — US adjective & adverb of, in, or to a part of a state remote from its large cities. noun a downstate area. Derivatives downstater noun …   English new terms dictionary

  • downstate — down•state n., adv. [[t]ˈdaʊnˈsteɪt[/t]] adj. [[t]ˈdaʊnˌsteɪt[/t]] n. 1) the S part of a U.S. state 2) located in or characteristic of this part 3) in or to the downstate area • Etymology: 1905–10, amer. down′stat′er, n …   From formal English to slang

  • downstate — adjective Pertaining to the southern region of a US state, particularly in Michigan, New York and Illinois …   Wiktionary

  • downstate — adj. pertaining to the southern section of a state (in the USA) adv. southwardly, to the south (in the USA) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Downstate Illinois — refers to all of Illinois outside of the Chicago metropolitan area. This term is flexible, but because it is generally meant to refer to everything outside the Chicago area, some cities in Northern Illinois, such as Rockford[1][2][3] and… …   Wikipedia

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