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Meaning of downstate

down•state

Pronunciation: (n., adv.doun'stāt'adj.doun'stāt&sec), [key]
—n.
  1. the southern part of a U.S. state.
—adj.
  1. located in or characteristic of this part: The downstate precincts reported early.
—adv.
  1. in, to, or into the downstate area: We're going downstate for the holidays.
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