1) ADV: ADV after v If you go downstairs in a building, you go down a staircase towards the ground floor.

Denise went downstairs and made some tea.

2) ADV: be ADV, n ADV If something or someone is downstairs in a building, they are on the ground floor or on a lower floor than you.

The telephone was downstairs in the entrance hall...

Everybody was downstairs watching a movie.

...the woman who lives in the flat downstairs.

3) ADJ: ADJ n Downstairs means situated on the ground floor of a building or on a lower floor than you are.

She repainted the downstairs rooms and closed off the second floor.

4) N-SING: the N The downstairs of a building is its lower floor or floors.

The downstairs of the two little houses had been entirely refashioned.


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