down·​state | \ ˈdau̇n-ˌstāt How to pronounce downstate (audio) \

Definition of downstate

: the chiefly southerly sections of a state also : the chiefly rural part of a state when the major metropolitan area is to the north

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Other Words from downstate

downstate \ ˈdau̇n-​ˈstāt How to pronounce downstate (audio) \ adjective or adverb
downstater \ ˈdau̇n-​ˈstā-​tər How to pronounce downstater (audio) \ noun

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Bitter winds are forecast to reach downstate and other parts of the region as well. ... Joseph De Avila, WSJ, "New York Area Battens Down for Arctic Blast," 30 Jan. 2019 And researchers for the first time examined youth joblessness in mostly white downstate areas, finding pockets of rural Illinois where the crisis is particularly severe. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz,, "Unemployment rate for Chicago’s black youth improves: report," 12 May 2018 Support is highest in Chicago, but even a majority of downstate voters from largely Republican districts back legalization. Shibani Mahtani, WSJ, "Illinois Gubernatorial Candidates on Board for Legal Marijuana," 19 Mar. 2018 Patriots’ Smyrnov ready for 3,200 encore After gaining experience downstate last year in the 3,200, Nikita Smyrnov had hoped to double his fun this spring by also qualifying in the 1,600. Steve Reaven,, "Boys track notes: Zach Sheasby makes a big leap to become state-qualifying jumper," 18 May 2018 The researchers analyzed four downstate counties — Peoria, Kankakee, Tazewell and Sangamon — where the decline of good-paying manufacturing jobs and rise of low-wage retail jobs have changed the employment prospects of youths and adults. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz,, "Unemployment rate for Chicago’s black youth improves: report," 12 May 2018 The idea was proposed by officials from Hawthorne Racecourse in the Cicero area and the company that runs its harness racing, Suburban Downs, along with operators of Fairmount Park in downstate Collinsville. Robert Mccoppin,, "Betting on past horse races? Tracks seek OK to take wagers on 'historical horse racing'," 26 June 2018 Kevin relocated downstate, got a job, got married and had a child. John Carlisle, Detroit Free Press, "Father, son bond writing U.P. bars book and it becomes a cult classic," 10 June 2018 The three men from downstate had eaten breakfast, and were watching the show. John Carlisle, Detroit Free Press, "How a party in Up North woods is helping Michigan sturgeon survive," 26 May 2018

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First Known Use of downstate

1905, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of downstate

US : the southern part of a state

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