north·​west·​ern | \ nȯr(th)-ˈwe-stərn How to pronounce northwestern (audio) \

Definition of northwestern

1 often capitalized : of, relating to, or characteristic of a region conventionally designated Northwest
2 : lying toward or coming from the northwest

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Other Words from northwestern

northwesternmost \ nȯr(th)-​ˈwe-​stərn-​ˌmōst How to pronounce northwesternmost (audio) \ adjective

Examples of northwestern in a Sentence

the northwestern corner of the state
Recent Examples on the Web Flames consumed the northwestern ridge across from their home, the picturesque one that gave their canyon valley its view. Tessa Love, Longreads, "California Burning," 8 Nov. 2019 The drier northwestern regions, meanwhile, are at risk of drought. E.o’k. | Dhaka, The Economist, "How architects are designing buildings for Bangladesh’s tropical monsoon climate," 5 Nov. 2019 Al-Muhajir was killed in a joint U.S. operation with Kurdish forces in Jarablus in northern Syria on Sunday, hours after al-Baghdadi blew himself up during a U.S. raid in Syria's northwestern Idlib province. Anchorage Daily News, "Islamic State group announces successor to al-Baghdadi," 31 Oct. 2019 Assad gave a symbolic show of Damascus' goal of regaining the border, visiting troops in northwestern Idlib province, where his forces are battling rebels. Suzan Fraser,, "Russia’s Putin, Turkey’s Erdogan meet in Sochi to discuss conflict on Syrian border," 22 Oct. 2019 Along with the tech companies, the Commerce Department's filing targets local government agencies in China's northwestern Xinjiang region. CBS News, "U.S. blacklists Chinese artificial intelligence firms ahead of trade talks," 8 Oct. 2019 Days 3-9: Community Service Village Travel to our community service village in the northwestern province of Guanacaste. National Geographic, "Costa Rica Community Service: Tropical Ecosystem Conservation," 25 Sep. 2019 Most of these arrangements have come under scrutiny especially in light of how China harnesses technology for social control—particularly among ethnic Uyghur Muslims in its restive northwestern Xinjiang region. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "Chinese firms are driving the rise of AI surveillance across Africa," 18 Sep. 2019 The storm slammed into the Bahamas on Sunday as the strongest hurricane in modern records for the northwestern part of the islands. Edmund Demarche | Fox News, Fox News, "Hurricane Dorian is the strongest storm to ever threaten Florida's East Coast, batters Bahamas," 2 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of northwestern

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Nov 2019

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“Northwestern.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of northwestern

: in, toward, or from the northwest
: of or relating to the northwest


north·​west·​ern | \ nȯrth-ˈwe-stərn How to pronounce northwestern (audio) \

Kids Definition of northwestern

1 often capitalized : of, relating to, or like that of the Northwest northwestern wildflowers
2 : lying toward or coming from the northwest the northwestern part of the state

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