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 downstate (audio) \ noun

Examples of downstate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Republican strength is now almost entirely concentrated downstate, and Democrats control almost all of the metro Chicago seats. Sean Trende, National Review, "What Redrawn Districts Could Mean for House Control in 2023," 13 Nov. 2020 Republicans in both counties have a slight edge in the state's in-person early voting, which began last Saturday as Trump himself voted in Palm Beach County downstate. Zeke Miller, Star Tribune, "Trump fights headwinds as he and Biden battle over Florida," 29 Oct. 2020 Representative Collin Peterson’s reelection campaign got a call this summer about some trouble downstate in Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District. Kim Chipman,, "Republicans Aim to Flip Minnesota Blue-Dog Democrat’s House Seat," 9 Oct. 2020 That means seven of the top eight sectional finishers for the Trevians are aiming for what the team had hoped would be another trip downstate. Michael Wojtychiw,, "‘It’s a blessing’: Starting strong, the New Trier boys cross country team earns top ranking in Class 3A on the strength of seven returnees," 18 Sep. 2020 When listing counties by infection rate, two of the five highest are downstate. Fox News, "Illinois judge rules against Gov. Pritzker's stay-at-home order in suit brought by GOP lawmaker," 28 Apr. 2020 Patients infected with the new coronavirus have been transferred from the New York City area to a hospital in the state’s capital city as health officials work to manage an outbreak that is concentrated in downstate counties. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "New York City Coronavirus Patients Transferred to Upstate Hospital," 1 Apr. 2020 In some ways, the coronavirus outbreak has sharpened an age-old philosophical and political divide between downstate, dominated by New York City, and upstate, which is generally more conservative. Jesse Mckinley, New York Times, "An Upstate N.Y. Backlash Over Virus Shutdown: ‘It’s Not Up Here’," 1 May 2020 Any reopening downstate would have to be in coordination with New Jersey and Connecticut. CBS News, "Cuomo says reopening New York will happen in phases after hospitalization decline for 14 days," 26 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of downstate

1905, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of downstate was in 1905

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“Downstate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of downstate

US : the southern part of a state

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