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English definition of “downstairs”


adverb     /ˌdaʊnˈsteəz/ US  /-ˈsterz/
A2 to or on a lower floor of a building, especially the ground floor: I went downstairs to answer the phone. → Compare upstairsFloors and parts of floorsDown and downwardMoving downwards downstairs     adjective B1 a downstairs bathroomFloors and parts of floors the downstairs     noun [S] We've finished decorating upstairs but the downstairs still needs some work.Floors and parts of floors
(Definition of downstairs adverb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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