[noun, adverb doun-steyt; adjective doun-steyt]
- the southern part of a U.S. state.
- located in or characteristic of this part: The downstate precincts reported early.
- in, to, or into the downstate area: We're going downstate for the holidays.
Origin of downstate
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- in, or relating to the part of the state away from large cities, esp the southern part
- towards the southern part of a state
- the southern part of a state
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