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

Examples of southbound in a Sentence

The southbound lanes are closed to traffic.
Recent Examples on the Web The crash was reported about 2:30 p.m. on the southbound lanes of the freeway at the Watt Avenue overpass, near Del Paso Regional Park, according to the California Highway Patrol. Rosalio Ahumada, Sacramento Bee, 24 May 2024 All lanes were opened just before 8 a.m. The crash was reported at 1:40 a.m. when an SUV and semi collided in the southbound lanes near the Western Row Road exit, according to a dispatcher at the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Lebanon post. Jennifer Edwards Baker, The Enquirer, 16 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for southbound 

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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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“Southbound.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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

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