north

adverb
\ ˈnȯrth How to pronounce north (audio) \

Definition of north

 (Entry 1 of 6)

: to, toward, or in the north

north

adjective

Definition of north (Entry 2 of 6)

1 : situated toward or at the north the north entrance
2 : coming from the north a north wind

north

noun

Definition of north (Entry 3 of 6)

1a : the direction of the north terrestrial pole : the direction to the left of one facing east
b : the compass point directly opposite to south

2 capitalized

a : regions or countries lying to the north of a specified or implied point of orientation
b : the industrially and economically developed nations of the world — compare south sense 5

3 often capitalized

a : the one of four positions at 90-degree intervals that lies to the north or at the top of a diagram
b : a person occupying this position in the course of a specified activity (such as the game of bridge)

North

biographical name (1)
\ ˈnȯrth How to pronounce North (audio) \

Definition of North (Entry 4 of 6)

Douglass Cecil 1920–2015 American economist

North

biographical name (2)

Definition of North (Entry 5 of 6)

Frederick 1732–1792 Lord North English statesman; prime minister (1770–82)

North

biographical name (3)

Definition of North (Entry 6 of 6)

Sir Thomas 1535–?1603 English translator

Examples of north in a Sentence

Adverb

Turn north onto Elm Street. It's a few miles north of here. The bird is found as far north as Canada.

Noun

The wind is coming from the north. The birds migrate from the North. Parts of the North were hit hard by the storm. I grew up in the North. The American Civil War was between the North and the South.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Muhammed is from Nigeria’s largely Muslim north, like Buhari, while Onnoghen is from the largely Christian south. Bashir Adigun, The Seattle Times, "Nigeria denies judge’s suspension influenced by election," 28 Jan. 2019 Head north to Palopo, and then up winding mountain roads surrounded by stunning forest and coffee plantations, home to the Toraja tribe who live in remote hilltop dwellings. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Places Our Travel Specialists Say You Should Go in 2019," 17 Dec. 2018 Without a baby inside my belly, though, that fabric portion extended much further north, literally right below the boobs. Alexandra Ilyashov, Glamour, "A Case For Wearing Maternity Jeans When You’re Not Pregnant," 6 Dec. 2018 Rising temperatures mean disease-carrying mosquitoes will range further north, and more people could be exposed to Zika, dengue, and West Nile. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Climate Change Could Cost The United States Economy Hundreds of Billions Annually," 26 Nov. 2018 Location: Duluth, Georgia Price: $515,000 Located about 40 minutes north east of Atlanta, this six-bedroom, four-bath farmhouse is a lot of house for the asking price. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Picture-perfect farmhouse near Atlanta asks $515K," 14 Sep. 2018 Destiny Faith Aldridge, who is reportedly eight months pregnant, was found in her hometown of Portland, about 40 miles north of Nashville, about an hour after the alert was issued, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, "Amber Alert canceled after pregnant teen is found safe in Tennessee," 6 Sep. 2018 Located about 40 miles north of Venezuela, the island has a fascinating history. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Things to Do, Eat, and See in Curaçao," 8 Jan. 2019 The northernmost point of the United States is Point Barrow, Alaska, three hundred miles north of the Arctic Circle. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Tiny Minnesota Town Is Completely Surrounded by Canada," 5 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The fire burned more than 10,000 buildings in north-central California, most of them homes here in the Sierra foothills, before firefighters finally corralled it last week. Scott Wilson, The Seattle Times, "Nearly a month after the Camp Fire began razing their towns, Californians return to ruin," 5 Dec. 2018 Shortly after 11 am. on Sunday, someone called 911 to report a man trying to jump off an overpass in north Houston onto Interstate 45. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "He was dangling off an overpass. Strangers gathered below to catch him | The Kansas City Star," 7 May 2018 Some 80 businesses from Old Town to north Scottsdale have received posters with a message: Scottsdale for All. Zahra Ahmad, azcentral, "'Scottsdale for All' hopes to spread inclusiveness," 13 July 2018 Cuba: Histories of the Present' Hispanic arts group Artes de la Rosa will host an opening reception for this exhibit of the photography of David LaFevor 6-8 p.m. Friday at its north side gallery space. Sandy Guerra-cline, star-telegram, "The DFW top 10: Rockin' the River keeps the fireworks going," 3 July 2018 The two of us are standing on an embankment in Camden, in north-central London, toward the summer’s end. Nathan Heller, Vogue, "Claire Foy on Becoming a Mother and Trading Her Crown for a Dragon Tattoo," 10 Oct. 2018 The agreement continues Marshfield Clinic’s push to add hospitals to its network of clinics, ambulatory surgical centers and other services throughout north-central and northern Wisconsin. Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Expanding rural health care efforts, Beaver Dam Community Hospitals to join Marshfield Clinic Health System," 12 June 2018 DiCiccio, who represents Ahwatukee and neighborhoods in north-central Phoenix, is a steadfast opponent of light-rail. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "South Phoenix neighbors push to stop Central Avenue light-rail expansion," 6 June 2018 The project, which began in 2006 as a far-north symbol of the mother church's evangelical mission, has stretched longer than anyone imagined. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "From inside the ‘wedding cake church’ in Midtown Anchorage, the faithful finally see progress," 25 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

A century ago orange groves lined the hills north of Sunset Boulevard, which was then a dirt road. Lesley M.m. Blume, Town & Country, "Inside Frank Gehry's Overhaul of Garden of Allah, L.A.’s Most Infamous Corner," 25 Feb. 2019 Newcastle is in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales state north of Sydney which has become notorious for pedophile clerics. Rod Mcguirk, The Seattle Times, "Australian Anglican set to be defrocked over abuse inaction," 19 Feb. 2019 The two continue to butt heads, fighting over Jughead's desire to end the war between the north and southside peacefully, by talking to the mayor. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "OK, But Who The Heck is Tall Boy on "Riverdale"?," 24 Jan. 2019 That's because from January to April trade winds from the north blow most of the warm surface water out to sea, and colder water wells up from the depths to replace it. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "The skulls of ancient pearl divers come with abnormal ear canal bone growths," 28 Dec. 2018 Police say the body of a 2-year-old girl has been found partially buried in a north Philadelphia park. Fox News, "Body of girl, 2, found partially buried in Philadelphia park," 16 Oct. 2018 Because honestly, there's no sense in trying to nurture cacti when your north-facing window gets an hour of sunshine each day. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "QUIZ: Answer These Questions and We’ll Tell You Your Houseplant Soulmate," 21 Aug. 2018 The highest and lowest points of this orbit correspond with the lunar nodes, which appear in our birth charts as south and north nodes. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "A Beginner's Guide to Eclipses in 2018 and How They Can Affect Your Life," 16 July 2018 As the north Dallas suburbs expand into the grasslands which bobcats used to inhabit, sightings of the felines have become frequent. Aditi Shrikant, BostonGlobe.com, "When wild animals urbanize," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of north

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for north

Adverb

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German nord north and perhaps to Greek nerteros lower, infernal

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north

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of north

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to or toward the north

north

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of north (Entry 2 of 3)

: located in or toward the north
: coming from the north

north

noun

English Language Learners Definition of north (Entry 3 of 3)

: the direction that is to your left when you are facing the rising sun : the direction that is the opposite of south
: regions or countries north of a certain point especially : the northern part of the U.S.

north

adverb
\ ˈnȯrth How to pronounce north (audio) \

Kids Definition of north

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to or toward the north It's north of here.

north

adjective

Kids Definition of north (Entry 2 of 3)

: placed toward, facing, or coming from the north the north entrance a north wind

north

noun

Kids Definition of north (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : the direction to the left of someone facing east : the compass point opposite to south
2 capitalized : regions or countries north of a point that is mentioned or understood

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