northeast

adverb
north·​east | \nȯrth-ˈēst, naut nȯr-ˈēst \

Definition of northeast 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: to, toward, or in the northeast

northeast

adjective

Definition of northeast (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : coming from the northeast a northeast wind

2 : situated toward or at the northeast the northeast corner

northeast

noun

Definition of northeast (Entry 3 of 3)

1a : the general direction between north and east

b : the point midway between the north and east compass points

2 capitalized : regions or countries lying to the northeast of a specified or implied point of orientation

Examples of northeast in a Sentence

Adverb

It's a few miles northeast of here. We left the city and headed northeast.

Adjective

My office is in the northeast corner of the building.

Noun

A mountain range is in the northeast of the country. Parts of the Northeast were hit hard by the storm. I grew up in the Northeast.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The islands, 136 miles northeast of Guam, are home to about 52,000 people, mostly U.S. nationals. Rob Taylor, WSJ, "Typhoon Yutu ‘All but Destroyed’ U.S. Island," 25 Oct. 2018 It is expected to move northeast on Wednesday and Thursday. CBS News, "Tropical Storm Chris expected to strengthen to hurricane off East Coast," 9 July 2018 Satellite and radar imagery late Friday showed the low pressure system responsible for our soggy weather moving northeast across Indiana. Tom Skilling, chicagotribune.com, "Waterlogged city welcomes dry weekend weather," 23 June 2018 Officials say the smoke should begin to lessen and move northeast later Saturday. Fox News, "The Latest: More evacuations ordered at Colorado wildfire," 9 June 2018 The National Weather Service in Phoenix said the rainfall will persist for several hours as the storms move northeast before dissipating by midday Wednesday. Robert Gundran, azcentral, "Rain, snow and cool temperatures tease Arizona one last time," 2 May 2018 Severe weather is also expected to develop Wednesday afternoon and evening across central Kansas and then moving northeast across northern Missouri, including the Kansas City area. Robert A. Cronkleton, kansascity, "Severe storms are expected this week. Here's what you need to know, Kansas City | The Kansas City Star," 1 May 2018 Seager’s team found the line is also reinforced by Atlantic winter storms and by summer moisture moving northeast from the Gulf of Mexico. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "A Nation Divided: Arid/Humid Climate Boundary in U.S. Creeps Eastward," 27 Apr. 2018 Precipitation starting falling around 7:30 p.m. Sunday and quickly moved northeast, said Gary Lessor, chief meteorologist at the Western Connecticut State University’s Weather Center. Mikaela Porter, courant.com, "After A Warm Saturday, Sleet And Freezing Rain Expected Overnight Sunday Across Connecticut," 15 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

This undated photo provided by the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles/Portland Police Bureau shows Marcine Herinck, who was reported missing on Sept. 19, 2018, from her home in northeast Portland, Ore. Gillian Flaccus, Fox News, "Sex offender pleads not guilty to killing woman, 89," 26 Sep. 2018 Aurora aldermen have approved an office, warehouse and distribution building in the West Corporate Center on the northeast side of Aurora. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora council approves final part of West Corporate Center," 13 July 2018 The assault took place on Saturday around 9:15 p.m. at the new downtown Publix on the northeast side of Young Circle, a police report says. Susannah Bryan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Teen raped in Publix bathroom, police say," 11 July 2018 Her body was found in woods in the 300 block of Plasters Avenue in northeast Atlanta. Pete Corson, ajc, "How the AJC covered the events in the "ATL Homicide" pilot," 11 July 2018 Some farms operate with the consent and support of First Nations, while others in the Broughton Archipelago on the northeast side of Vancouver Island have been bitterly contested. Anchorage Daily News, "Audit finds 70 percent of British Columbia fish-processing plants do not comply with environmental regulations," 8 July 2018 Malaysian media said Che Abdul Karim, who is also an imam in a rural village in northeast Kelantan state, already has two wives and six children aged 5 to 18. Eileen Ng, The Seattle Times, "Malaysia investigates marriage of man to 11-year-old girl," 2 July 2018 Pickert, 39, a personal injury attorney, was representing Jeffrey Harris, who Jungerman said was one of two people who trespassed on his business' property in northeast Kansas City, trying to steal copper. NBC News, "Man charged with murder of Kansas City attorney after accidentally recording confession, prosecutors say," 12 Apr. 2018 In the City of Glenview, less than a mile from the Ohio River, it is situated on a lush acre lot along a secluded cul-de-sac in northeast Jefferson County. Taylor M. Riley, The Courier-Journal, "Tour the Kentucky Derby Festival president's home before the Run for the Roses," 3 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Toney was responding to a call around 2:30 p.m. Saturday about a suspicious vehicle near Shiloh Middle School in the Snellville area, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Atlanta. Fox News, "Chief: Officer kills man accused of killing Georgia officer," 23 Oct. 2018 Marseille–Nice: This high-speed route will link to popular cities on France's Mediterranean coast, northeast of Montpellier and Perpignan. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "France Is Getting 5 New High-Speed Train Lines," 12 Sep. 2018 It was located about 440 miles east-northeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Hurricane Chris threatens East Coast with dangerous rip currents through weekend," 11 July 2018 The blaze is burning the Saddleworth Moor, northeast of Manchester, and has burned 2,000 acres, CNN reported. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "‘Ash falling like rain’ as Saddleworth Moor fire burns near Manchester," 28 June 2018 Crews are working to contain flames spreading northeast of Clearlake Oaks, where hundreds of residents have been told to leave their homes. Joseph Serna, latimes.com, "Wildfire in Northern California grows to 13,000 acres with 17% containment," 27 June 2018 The East China Sea, located northeast of the South China Sea, is the setting for a long-running dispute between China and Japan over islands known as the Senkaku chain in Japan and the Diaoyu in China. Jeremy Page, WSJ, "American Military Aircraft Targeted By Lasers in Pacific Ocean, U.S. Officials Say," 21 June 2018 The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office issued a pre-evacuation notice Wednesday for residents near a 100-acre wildfire that erupted northeast of State Route 87 and Lake Mary Road and State Route 87, officials said. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "New Northern Arizona wildfire prompts evacuation advisory," 13 June 2018 Mocimboa da Praia, where the attacks started, is 1,800 kilometers (1,118 miles) northeast of Maputo, and Palma, where the offshore gas reserves that Eni, ExxonMobil and Anadarko are developing, is about 80 kilometers north of that. Matthew Hill, Bloomberg.com, "Beheadings Signal Threat to Mozambique's $30 Billion Bonanza," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of northeast

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun

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

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northeast

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of northeast

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to or toward the northeast

northeast

adjective

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

: located in or toward the northeast

: coming from the northeast

northeast

noun

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

: the direction between north and east

the northeast : the northeastern part of a country or region; especially : the northeastern part of the U.S.

northeast

adverb
north·​east | \nȯrth-ˈēst \

Kids Definition of northeast

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to or toward the direction between north and east We headed northeast.

northeast

adjective

Kids Definition of northeast (Entry 2 of 3)

: placed toward, facing, or coming from the northeast the northeast part of a state

northeast

noun

Kids Definition of northeast (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : the direction between north and east

2 capitalized : regions or countries northeast of a point that is mentioned or understood

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