north·​east | \ nȯrth-ˈēst How to pronounce northeast (audio) , nautical nȯr-ˈēst How to pronounce northeast (audio) \

Definition of northeast

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: to, toward, or in the northeast



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



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 Winds are from the north and northeast around 5 to 10 mph. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, "PM Update: An isolated shower or storm through evening, with more around the area Wednesday," 30 June 2020 Wednesday southwest of Kelly Trail and tracked northeast for 2.7 miles. Leigh Morgan, al, "Two tornadoes confirmed from Wednesday storms in Mobile County," 26 June 2020 Smoke from the fire was expected to rise and travel northeast Tuesday, shifting toward Navajo, Fort Defiance and Window Rock overnight. Brieanna J. Frank, The Arizona Republic, "Strong winds expected Tuesday as crews continue fighting Arizona wildfires," 26 June 2020 In 1905, McKinney connected northeast to the town of Bonham by the Interurban Railway. Hannah Evans, Dallas News, "McKinney, Texas: What laid the tracks for its success and why it considered being the ‘Sucker Capitol’," 25 June 2020 Georgian Bay represents yet another key embayment of Lake Huron, extending northeast into Ontario. Steve Quinn, Outdoor Life, "The Ultimate Guide to Fishing the Great Lakes this Summer," 18 June 2020 Some 392 personnel are battling the blaze, which pushed northeast towards Jacob Lake over the weekend, moving across highway 89A. Fox News, "Grand Canyon's North Rim closed due to Arizona wildfire as blaze near Tucson grows," 15 June 2020 The rare confluence of a tropical storm and a high pressure system in the central part of the U.S. will allow Cristobal more opportunity to head north — right toward Wisconsin — instead of turning northeast, Patterson explained. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tropical Storm Cristobal is expected to drench Wisconsin, only fourth such storm to make it to the state since weather records kept," 7 June 2020 When Wallace continued to lead protesters northeast on Gratiot beyond East Grand Boulevard in defiance of the police curfew, Wilson and about half the protesters in the group split off, opting out of a confrontation with police. Kristen Jordan Shamus,, "Women lead the way on 2 pivotal days of protest in Detroit," 4 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The visit was intended to improve Bolsonaro´s political relations with regional authorities, and to inaugurate a water system in Campo Alegre de Lourdes, a small town in the northeast state of Bahia, a region known for severe droughts. Rodrigo Pedroso And Amy Woodyatt, CNN, "Brazilian President Bolsonaro says he has 'mold' in his lungs after Covid-19 infection," 31 July 2020 His American-flag logo can be spotted all around northeast Ohio as the word about his company’s work has spread. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "Economic recession took Glick down a totally different path," 13 July 2020 The main chance for rain will be in northeast Texas. Dallas News, "Heat Advisory through Sunday," 11 July 2020 In addition, hundreds of U.S. troops remain in northeast Syria. Washington Post, "UN official: 700 people died in Syrian camps for IS families," 10 July 2020 One person is dead after a shooting on the northeast side of Indianapolis. Tiana Woodard, The Indianapolis Star, "One dead after shooting on Indianapolis' northeast side," 11 July 2020 Marshall County, in northeast Alabama, was third with a rate of 65.4 new cases per 10,000 people. Ramsey Archibald |, al, "These rural counties are seeing the highest rates of coronavirus in Alabama right now," 9 July 2020 On Friday, firefighters will continue to focus on suppression on the northeast side of the fire. Audrey Jensen, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona wildfires: Aquila Fire fully contained, Bighorn Fire surpasses 88K acres near Tucson," 27 June 2020 Patrick James Tordt, a 20-year-old from Huntsville, has been identified as the man shot to death late Tuesday at a home in the northeast part of the city. Ashley Remkus |, al, "20-year-old identified as man shot to death in Huntsville," 9 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Tomorrow night: Rain will likely taper off quickly from southwest to northeast during the evening as the storm speeds off. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Flooding threat as rains from Isaias surge north late today through Tuesday," 3 Aug. 2020 The hurricane could turn more to the northeast starting Monday morning and approach the North Carolina coast as a tropical storm by early Tuesday. Leigh Morgan, al, "Hurricane Isaias 2020 track shifts a bit eastward as it approaches Florida," 1 Aug. 2020 The comet can be seen low in the pre-dawn sky, looking to the northeast. Marcia Dunn,, "Comet streaking past Earth, providing spectacular show," 10 July 2020 The Atlantic hurricane season got off to a busy start, then there was a lull Reconnaissance aircraft placed the center of Fay approximately 40 miles east-northeast of Cape Hatteras in North Carolina. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "Tropical Storm Fay forms off North Carolina coast, likely to make landfall Friday," 10 July 2020 By Thursday night, most of the clouds and rain will have moved off to the northeast and winds will be from the southwest. oregonlive, "Portland Wednesday weather: First day of July feels more like May, drizzly, cool temps," 1 July 2020 This occurs because of the Cocos plate’s steady march to the northeast between 50 and 70 millimeters a year. National Geographic, "Why the Oaxaca earthquake made buildings sway hundreds of miles away," 23 June 2020 More information: Woltering finished his 16th day close to 1 a.m. (on day 17) northeast of Belleville in Dane County. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "16 days and more than 700 miles in, Ice Age Trail record is still within grasp of ultrarunner," 17 June 2020 The base is about 80 miles (130 kilometers) northeast of London. Houston Chronicle, "US Air Force plane crashes into North Sea," 15 June 2020

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First Known Use of northeast


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


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


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

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“Northeast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of northeast

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to or toward the northeast



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

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



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

: the direction between north and east
: the northeastern part of a country or region especially : the northeastern part of the U.S.


north·​east | \ nȯrth-ˈēst How to pronounce northeast (audio) \

Kids Definition of northeast

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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



Kids Definition of northeast (Entry 2 of 3)

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



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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