south·​east | \ sau̇th-ˈēst How to pronounce southeast (audio) , nautical sau̇-ˈēst \

Definition of southeast

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to, toward, or in the southeast



Definition of southeast (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : the general direction between south and east
b : the point midway between the south and east compass points
2 capitalized : regions or countries lying to the southeast of a specified or implied point of orientation



Definition of southeast (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : coming from the southeast a southeast wind
2 : situated toward or at the southeast the southeast corner

Examples of southeast in a Sentence

Adverb It's a few miles southeast of here. Noun A mountain range is in the southeast of the country. Rain is moving into the Southeast. He grew up in the Southeast. Adjective My office is in the southeast corner of the building.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The signs were posted in the Tiger Mountain area, which is about 30 miles southeast of Seattle. David Williams, CNN, "Signs warned of 'murder hornets' at a popular Washington hiking spot. But state officials say the signs are fake," 27 May 2020 Leaf, 44, was arrested Friday in Palm Desert, California, which is about 110 miles southeast of Los Angeles. oregonlive, "Former NFL QB, Washington State star Ryan Leaf arrested on domestic battery charge," 26 May 2020 The crash site is about 30 miles southwest of the lake, which is about 80 miles southeast of Utqiagvik. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Pilot dies, passenger hurt in plane crash on North Slope," 16 May 2020 Gwin’s ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio to reduce the population at the low-security, 2,400-capacity prison, which is about 100 miles southeast of Cleveland. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Appeals court upholds judge’s order to clear Elkton prison of inmates susceptible to coronavirus," 4 May 2020 The Islamic center has become an integral part of the community in Cape Girardeau, a city of close to 40,000 that is 115 miles southeast of St. Louis, holding interfaith programs and back-to-school events, Dr. Sheikh said. Sandra E. Garcia, New York Times, "Man Charged With Hate Crime in Suspected Arson at Islamic Center," 28 Apr. 2020 Details: The monument is about 37 miles southeast of Willcox. 520-824-3560, Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Post-coronavirus, these Arizona travel experiences are at the top of my list. Here's why," 23 Apr. 2020 Porterville is about 30 miles southeast of Visalia and 150 miles north of Los Angeles. Joshua Yeager, USA TODAY, "One firefighter dead, another missing in blaze at California library," 18 Feb. 2020 Knoxville is about 40 miles southeast of Des Moines. CBS News, "Explosion at gender reveal party kills woman in Iowa," 28 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Situated some 250 miles off the coast of southeast Africa, Madagascar — the fourth largest island on Earth — is a world of its own. New York Times, "Madagascar: A Cornucopia of Beauty," 5 May 2020 Alligator hunting is legal in some parts of the southeast, including in Florida. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "A Florida resident found an alligator impaled with two arrows in its side. Now a group of Crime Stoppers is looking for the suspect," 3 May 2020 East coast braces for severe weather After severe weather pounded parts of the southeast on Easter Sunday, cities all along the East Coast braced for damaging storms Monday morning. Editors, USA TODAY, "Stimulus checks start to arrive, stock market reopens, severe weather: 5 things you need to know Monday," 14 Apr. 2020 March’s figures are the first monthly job loss reported by ADP since Hurricanes Harvey and Irma slammed Texas and much of the southeast in September 2017., "Working from home means smoking from home," 2 Apr. 2020 And in following that theory, a tornado study on the relative flatlands of Oklahoma may have little relevance to the rolling hills of the southeast. Paul Gattis |, al, "Alabama-based tornado study gets budget doubled in 2020," 17 Dec. 2019 Last year, writes the ABC’s Elise Kinsella, a Gold Coast city council report found that one of southeast Queensland’s largest koala populations could lose around half of its members over the next 20 years. Melissa Locker, Smithsonian, "Australia Faces ‘National Tragedy’ After Koala Population Takes Hit in Recent Brushfires," 15 Nov. 2019 Chukar and quail, however, recovered with second-nest success across much of southeast Oregon. oregonlive, "Oregon hunting preview 2019: Outlooks for deer, elk, bear, cougar, upland birds, waterfowl," 20 Sep. 2019 Wind gusts out of the southeast are predicted to be up to 21 mph, the National Weather Service in Boulder said. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Denver weather: Sunny with mild, seasonal temperatures Wednesday," 18 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The crash occurred at 7:29 a.m. on Frederick Street near Williard Street at the southeast corner of Golden Gate Park by Kezar Stadium, police said. Anna Bauman,, "30-year-old cyclist killed in SF collision after someone opened a car door," 29 May 2020 Army records say the POWs were reburied in the cemetery’s southeast corner starting in 1947, far from then-active burial areas. Sig Christenson,, "Nazi headstones at veterans cemeteries, including San Antonio’s Fort Sam Houston, spark outrage," 29 May 2020 In the same Preston Oaks shopping center, located on the southeast corner of Preston Road and Royal Lane, a row of buildings on the property’s south side were torn down in February. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "How are tornado-damaged Dallas retailers managing through the pandemic?," 14 May 2020 The southeast corner of Alabama could see storms arrive around 6 p.m. lasting until 4 a.m. Monday. Leada Gore |, al, "What time will severe weather arrive where I live?," 19 Apr. 2020 Penfolds Grange and Jacob’s Creek are among the 200 wineries located here, and are regarded as the anchor of the Barossa Valley, in the southeast corner of the state. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "Despite Fires, South Australia Is Open for Travelers," 5 Feb. 2020 The shooting Wednesday was around 5 p.m. outside McDonald’s on the southeast corner of the intersection, just as hundreds of commuters crowded into one of the busiest transit corridors in the country. Anchorage Daily News, "1 dead and 7 injured, including 9-year-old boy, in shooting on sidewalk in downtown Seattle," 23 Jan. 2020 Due to the addition of a new hotel, Louisville will lose 360 parking spots from its Platinum T Lot, on the southeast corner of Floyd Street and Central Avenue. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville announces new fan zone, parking changes, additional WiFi at Cardinal Stadium," 13 Jan. 2020 This southeast corner of the Arizona territory was first home to Native Americans, who left petroglyphs and pictographs decorating rock slabs to bear witness to their presence. Paul Sedan, The Christian Science Monitor, "What really happened at the O.K. Corral," 12 May 2020

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First Known Use of southeast


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Southeast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of southeast

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to or toward the southeast



English Language Learners Definition of southeast (Entry 2 of 3)

: the direction between south and east
: the southeastern part of a country or region especially : the southeastern part of the U.S.



English Language Learners Definition of southeast (Entry 3 of 3)

: located in or toward the southeast
: coming from the southeast


south·​east | \ sau̇th-ˈēst How to pronounce southeast (audio) \

Kids Definition of southeast

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to or toward the direction between south and east We hiked southeast.



Kids Definition of southeast (Entry 2 of 3)

: placed toward, facing, or coming from the southeast the southeast corner of town



Kids Definition of southeast (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : the direction between south and east
2 capitalized : regions or countries southeast of a point that is mentioned or understood

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