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

Law-enforcement officials have turned a courtroom in a municipal building on the outskirts of town, about 90 miles northeast of the Twin Cities, into a nerve center for the investigation. Tim Gruber, The Seattle Times, "Mystery in a small town: A quiet couple are shot dead, their daughter is missing," 6 Nov. 2018 Pascale Filoe, the head of security in Rodez -- a small city about 93 miles northeast of Toulouse -- was stabbed three times early Thursday and died in a hospital shortly after from his injuries. Lucia I. Suarez Sang, Fox News, "French police chief fatally stabbed over dangerous dog ban, report says," 28 Sep. 2018 Maine's Acadia National Park Seventy miles northeast of Camden, the 47,000-acre Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island is a nature lover's paradise. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "The 10 Best Places to See Fall Foliage in New England," 23 July 2018 Winds are out of the north and northeast around 5 to 10 mph. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, "PM Update: A few chances for quick-hitting rain drops through Thursday, but it’s mostly smooth sailing," 11 July 2018 Bridgeport is about 48 miles northeast of Fort Worth. Domingo Ramirez Jr., star-telegram, "80-year-old shot at group setting off fireworks, sheriff says. Then he was fatally shot.," 9 July 2018 He was discovered missing Thursday afternoon from South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Leakesville, which is about 70 miles northeast of Ocean Springs. CBS News, "Escaped convict "Pretty Boy Floyd" caught after two days on the run, authorities say," 7 July 2018 Bautista-Mayorga, who illegally crossed the border in early 2016, was arrested May 16 after the Missouri Highway Patrol noticed a car drift onto the shoulder of Interstate 35 about 30 miles northeast of Kansas City. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "Netflix recording of ICE officer shoving lawyer might not be used in investigation," 6 July 2018 The fire that started Saturday about 100 miles northeast of San Francisco spread as strong winds pushed smoke south, dusting cars and homes with a thin layer of gray ash. NBC News, "Wildfires erupt across Western U.S., fueled by hot, dry weather," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

She was first elected to the House in 2008 to represent a swath of northeast Ohio near Cleveland, and was chairwoman of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Vivian Salama, WSJ, "Trump Offers Help Securing Votes for Pelosi in Speaker Race," 17 Nov. 2018 The film about Russell, an enigmatic artist who played with the Beach Boys, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, and many, many more in his recording studio in northeast Oklahoma, was stalled due, in part, to a delay in securing all the music rights. Vogue, "These Are the 66 Best Documentaries of All Time," 8 Aug. 2018 Lordstown and the surrounding Mahoning Valley in northeast Ohio has been through tough situations before. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "When towns lose a factory, what comes next?," 29 Nov. 2018 That would be in Burien, central Everett and northeast Snohomish County, where rents grew more than 7 percent in the past year. Mike Rosenberg, The Seattle Times, "Construction boom means lots of empty apartments, even some cheaper rents," 8 Oct. 2018 Deputies responded Saturday to a call about a juvenile at an address in northeast Forsyth County, Cpl. Steve Burns, ajc, "Deputies: DeKalb runaway, 16, ‘victimized’ in sex crimes; man charged," 21 May 2018 The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for the Parkland area of northeast Broward County. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "Tornado warning issued for Parkland, northeastern Broward and Palm Beach counties | Miami Herald," 27 Apr. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The explosions at the test site deep in the mountains of the North’s sparsely populated northeast were supposed to build confidence ahead of the summit. BostonGlobe.com, "President Trump pulls out of North Korea summit," 24 May 2018 Up in the remote northeast of Scotland, residents of the Orkney Islands use small island-hopping aircraft to commute around the archipelago. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Orkney Islands routes are front-runners for first commercial electric flights," 18 Oct. 2018 Officially classified as Post-Tropical Cyclone Michael, the storm has moved to northeast, now drenching parts of South Carolina and Virginia with rain and winds reaching up to 60 MPH. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Hurricane Michael Death Toll Rises to 11, Infrastructure in Crisis Throughout Southeast," 11 Oct. 2018 The 1997-1998 event resulted in flooding in the southeast, a severe ice storm in the northeast, $550 million in rain and flood damages in California, and tornadoes in Florida. Megan Barber, Curbed, "El Niño watch: Here’s what it means for cities," 19 Sep. 2018 The hurricane center said the storm will eventually break up over the southern Appalachians and make a right hook to the northeast, its rainy remnants moving into the Mid-Atlantic states and New England by the middle of next week. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "Florence weakens to tropical depression, but flooding threat remains severe," 16 Sep. 2018 And unfortunately for those in the northeast, New York landed at the bottom, due in large part to its cost of living being higher than any other state in the union. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Here Are the Best (and Worst) States to Retire," 12 July 2018 Stoke City have not had a £15m bid for Matt Ritchie accepted by Newcastle United, according to reports in the northeast, contradicting rumours in the national press about the 28-year-old's imminent move to the bet365 Stadium. SI.com, "Local Report Provides Update on Matt Ritchie's Proposed Move to Stoke City," 4 July 2018 The incident took place at Noblesville West Middle School, about 25 miles (40 kms) northeast of Indianapolis, and authorities said the school was placed on lockdown. Anchorage Daily News, "Two injured in shooting incident at Indiana middle school, police say," 25 May 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 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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