south·​bound ˈsau̇th-ˌbau̇nd How to pronounce southbound (audio)
: traveling or heading south

Example Sentences

The southbound lanes are closed to traffic.
Recent Examples on the Web Police and fire officials responded to the southbound side of the parkway near Exits 40 and 41 just after 1 p.m. and found a Jaguar that had struck the median guardrail, according to fire officials. Taylor Hartz, Hartford Courant, 30 Dec. 2022 All lanes on the southbound side of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway are closed Friday morning after a tractor-trailer crashed, injuring one person. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, 16 Dec. 2022 Officers found a woman, later identified as Andrea Hendrickson, 42, on the southbound side of the road with injuries appeared to be from being struck by a vehicle. Dallas News, 21 Nov. 2022 North and southbound lanes of Route 15 from Exit 60 to Exit 59 remained closed as of Sunday afternoon as the investigation continued. Taylor Hartz, Hartford Courant, 1 Jan. 2023 Stafilatos then ran a red light at the intersection of New York Avenue and 14th Street NW, where his car was struck by a southbound Chevrolet Sonic. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, 31 Dec. 2022 Extra southbound train to depart Oceanside Transit Center at 10:36 p.m. Emily Alvarenga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Dec. 2022 Authorities described the car that hit her as a tan SUV and said the car continued southbound. Jake Sheridan, Chicago Tribune, 24 Nov. 2022 Officials tweeted that the blaze was extinguished at around 6:50 a.m., with service resuming on the southbound platform. David Aaro, ajc, 27 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1655, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of southbound was in 1655

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Cite this Entry

“Southbound.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


south·​bound ˈsau̇th-ˌbau̇nd How to pronounce southbound (audio)
: headed south
a southbound train

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