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

Examples of downstate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Under the state’s program, the biggest plans call for building utility-grade solar farms, many of them downstate. Robert Mccoppin,, "Solar power popularity growing in Illinois, despite obstacles," 6 Sep. 2019 Currently, there is racing at Hawthorne Race Course in Stickney, Fairmount Park in downstate Collinsville and a new harness racing track has been approved in Tinley Park. Randy Blaser,, "Column: Arlington Racecourse doesn’t want casino gambling. The state should back off.," 27 Sep. 2019 For example, my law firm is now representing some school districts in Illinois state court in a suit to force more aid from the state of Illinois—not for Chicago, but downstate, where the Trump voters are. Thomas Geoghegan, The New Republic, "This is a high school nation," 20 Jan. 2020 The other, smaller state fair, held in downstate Du Quoin, also had a successful run, despite some people calling for a boycott after officials canceled a concert by the band Confederate Railroad because of its use of the Confederate flag. Jamie Munks,, "Illinois State Fair sets revenue record with Snoop Dogg, Reba McEntire major draws," 19 Sep. 2019 The group which owns the Portland franchise includes about 10 persons, some of them from downstate. oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers franchise was born 50 years ago today: ‘Congratulations, you are in the NBA’," 7 Feb. 2020 Jekot enjoyed performing at the Illinois Storytelling Festival and at the Galesburg Storytelling Festival in downstate Galesburg. Bob Goldsborough,, "Joe Jekot, longtime Loyola Academy teacher, professional storyteller, dies at 57," 29 Sep. 2019 Hardy, who was born in the Philippines and raised downstate in Springfield prepares throughout the week for the market. Steve Zimmerman,, "No restaurant? No problem for chefs braving the elements to build businesses based on farmers markets," 14 Oct. 2019 Hollywood Casino and city officials lobbied in Springfield to get that legislation, and Aurora representatives downstate had a lot to do with sponsoring and pushing it. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora looks at $10 million purchase of land near outlet mall," 14 June 2019

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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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29 Mar 2020

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“Downstate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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US : the southern part of a state

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