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south

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adverb \ˈsau̇th\

Definition of south

  1. 1 :  to, toward, or in the south <a house facing south>

  2. 2 :  into a state of decline or ruin <causes the sluggish economy to go south — G. F. Will>

Examples of south in a sentence

  1. Turn south onto Elm Street.

  2. It's a mile south of here.

  3. The birds fly south in the winter.

  4. The company's profits have gone south in recent months.

  5. The TV show's ratings have been heading south.

Origin and Etymology of south

Middle English, from Old English sūth; akin to Old High German sund- south and probably to Old English sunne sun


First Known Use: before 12th century


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south

adjective

Definition of south

  1. 1 :  situated toward or at the south <the south entrance>

  2. 2 :  coming from the south <a south wind>

12th Century

First Known Use of south

12th century


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south

noun

Definition of south

  1. 1a :  the direction of the south terrestrial pole :  the direction to the right of one facing eastb :  the compass point directly opposite to north

  2. 2 capitalized :  regions or countries lying to the south of a specified or implied point of orientation; especially :  the southeastern part of the United States

  3. 3 :  the right side of a church looking toward the altar from the nave

  4. 4 often capitalized a :  the one of four positions at 90-degree intervals that lies to the south or at the bottom of a diagramb :  a person (as a bridge player) occupying this position in the course of a specified activity; specifically :  the declarer in bridge

  5. 5 often capitalized :  the developing nations of the world :  third world 3 — compare north 2b

Examples of south in a sentence

  1. The wind blew from the south.

  2. The birds migrate from the South.

  3. Parts of the South were hit hard by the storm.

  4. I grew up in the South.

  5. The American Civil War was between the North and the South.

13th Century

First Known Use of south

13th century


South

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biographical name \ˈsau̇th\

Definition of South

  1. Robert 1634–1716 Eng. clergyman



SOUTH Defined for English Language Learners

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south

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adverb \ˈsau̇th\

Definition of south for English Language Learners

  • : to or toward the south

  • : into a worse state or condition


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south

adjective

Definition of south for English Language Learners

  • : located in or toward the south

  • : coming from the south


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south

noun

Definition of south for English Language Learners

  • : the direction that is to your right when you are facing the rising sun : the direction that is the opposite of north

  • : regions or countries south of a certain point; especially : the southern part of the U.S.


SOUTH Defined for Kids

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south

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adverb \ˈsau̇th\

Definition of south for Students

  1. :  to or toward the south <The cabin faces south.>


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south

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adjective

Definition of south for Students

  1. :  placed toward, facing, or coming from the south <a south wind>


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south

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noun

Definition of south for Students

  1. 1 :  the direction to the right of someone facing east :  the compass point opposite to north

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


South

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geographical name

Definition of South for Students

  1. island S New Zealand


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