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Definition of north

 (Entry 1 of 6)

: to, toward, or in the north

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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



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)


biographical name (1)
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Definition of North (Entry 4 of 6)

Douglass Cecil 1920–2015 American economist


biographical name (2)

Definition of North (Entry 5 of 6)

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


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 Mike Rowe, the acting project manager, said work will begin near Douglas Street and go north to the two-level Gateway station. Tim Zorn,, 22 Nov. 2021 The parade route will go north on Rangeline Road, through Midtown Plaza and east on Main Street in the Carmel Arts & Design District. Brittany Carloni, The Indianapolis Star, 18 Nov. 2021 Go 41 miles north on SR 87 to the turnoff for Bushnell Tanks near Sunflower. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 3 Nov. 2021 Some groups ventured east into Asia, while others moved north into Europe. Dan Falk, Wired, 25 Oct. 2021 None of the current Detroit legislative districts go north of 8 Mile. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, 11 Oct. 2021 In some instances, their flight paths passed Taiwan’s southern tip and then moved north up the island’s east coast, before returning to base, according to data released by Taiwan’s defense ministry. Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2021 That seat will go in the heavily-Latino suburbs north of Denver. Nicholas Riccardi, ajc, 29 Sep. 2021 Lori, her brother Alex and the two children moved north from Arizona to Idaho, near Chad's publishing base, after the July 2019 shooting death of Lori's previous husband, Charles Vallow, by Alex during an alleged argument in Lori's home. Jeff Truesdell,, 28 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In 2020, sisters Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman were killed in a north London park. Vicky Spratt,, 8 Nov. 2021 And in firing Nuno Espirito Santo and hiring Antonio Conte, the north London club snapped up a potential replacement for Solskjaer. Rob Harris, ajc, 6 Nov. 2021 Police officers on Sunday outside a house in north London thought to be linked to a suspect in the killing of David Amess. Max Colchester, WSJ, 18 Oct. 2021 Having a north wind effectively pushes all the water out to sea. Allison Chinchar, Chad Myers, And Monica Garrett, CNN, 1 Apr. 2021 Days with southerly winds are migration days, while a north wind or bad weather may prompt short reverse migrations. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, 22 Feb. 2021 Monday should be a good winter day to get out and do something for your community, with highs reaching 49 degrees and a north wind of 3 to 8 mph. oregonlive, 18 Jan. 2021 This Chardonnay comes from two vineyards, just slightly north and west of the Livermore Valley, along the edge of San Francisco Bay. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 2 Oct. 2021 Many areas could see storm rainfall totals of 2 to 3 inches, with a bit more possible especially north and west, and a bit less possible especially south and east. Washington Post, 31 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun According to human rights observers, Mexico began conducting its own internal flights to expel people at its southern border after taking them into custody further north. Kate Morrissey, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Nov. 2021 Wilson and Muhammed’s descriptions walking north on the 3900 block of Michigan Avenue. Meredith Colias-pete,, 26 Nov. 2021 The parade starts at Stranahan House in Fort Lauderdale, traveling east along the New River to the Intracoastal Waterway and continuing north to Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach. Arlene Borenstein-zuluaga,, 26 Nov. 2021 If this scenario plays out, snow would develop in eastern Pennsylvania, reaching Philadelphia and possibly farther north into New York City. Robert Shackelford, CNN, 25 Nov. 2021 The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, as part of Gov. Mike DeWine’s H2Ohio initiative, recently awarded $900,000 to the park district to restore the property in the Central Basin of Lake Erie, with water flowing north to our Great Lake. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, 24 Nov. 2021 Boxes of campfire mints believed to be the ones Candy was selling were soon found strewn along Pettet Drive, seemingly heading north away from West Central. CBS News, 22 Nov. 2021 His car collided with a car going north, police said. Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2021 The same car was used in a Nov. 12 shooting in the city of Covington, located about 40 miles (64 kilometers) north of Memphis, Capt. Adrian Sainz, ajc, 22 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of north


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


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


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

History and Etymology for north


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

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English Language Learners Definition of north

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to or toward the north



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

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



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.


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Kids Definition of north

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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



Kids Definition of north (Entry 2 of 3)

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



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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