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northwest

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adverb north·west \nȯrth-ˈwest, naut nȯr-ˈwest\

Definition of northwest

  1. :  to, toward, or in the northwest

Examples of northwest in a Sentence

  1. It's about 80 miles northwest of here.

  2. I headed northwest on Route 1.

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of northwest

before 12th century


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northwest

adjective north·west

Definition of northwest

  1. 1 :  coming from the northwest a northwest wind

  2. 2 :  situated toward or at the northwest the northwest corner

Examples of northwest in a Sentence

  1. the northwest corner of the building

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of northwest

before 12th century


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northwest

noun north·west

Definition of northwest

  1. 1a :  the general direction between north and westb :  the point midway between the north and west compass points

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

Examples of northwest in a Sentence

  1. A mountain range is in the northwest of the country.

  2. We traveled throughout the Northwest.

12th Century

First Known Use of northwest

12th century



NORTHWEST Defined for English Language Learners

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northwest

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adverb north·west \nȯrth-ˈwest, naut nȯr-ˈwest\

Definition of northwest for English Language Learners

  • : to or toward the northwest

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northwest

adjective north·west

Definition of northwest for English Language Learners

  • : located in the northwest

  • : blowing from the northwest

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northwest

noun north·west

Definition of northwest for English Language Learners

  • : the direction between north and west

  • the northwest : the northwestern part of a country or region; especially : the northwestern part of the U.S.


NORTHWEST Defined for Kids

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northwest

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adverb north·west \nȯrth-ˈwest\

Definition of northwest for Students

  1. :  to or toward the direction between north and west It's northwest of here.


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northwest

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adjective north·west

Definition of northwest for Students

  1. :  placed toward, facing, or coming from the northwest a northwest wind


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northwest

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noun north·west

Definition of northwest for Students

  1. 1 :  the direction between north and west

  2. 2 cap :  regions or countries northwest of a point that is mentioned or understood



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