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 Flames also hit the coastal town of Lincoln City and Estacada, 30 miles southeast of Portland. Gillian Flaccus And Andrew Selsky,, "Authorities say about 500,000 people in Oregon forced to flee wildfires — over 10% of state’s population," 10 Sep. 2020 Fire maps show clusters of blazes stretching north from Medford to areas southeast of Portland. Chronicle Staff,, "California Wildfires: Live Updates Sept. 8-9," 10 Sep. 2020 The crash happened in McMinnville, Tennessee, about 75 miles southeast of Nashville. Ben Kesslen, NBC News, "3 Air National Guard members killed in Tennessee plane crash," 10 Sep. 2020 Another set of showers and storms may form late but predominantly southeast of D.C. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, "PM Update: Flash flood watch for eastern parts of the area into the night," 9 Sep. 2020 The lake is southeast of Salem and is a popular destination for boating, water sports and fishing, according to the park's website. Amanda Jackson, CNN, "An Oregon family ran out of gas while trying to flee from a wildfire," 8 Sep. 2020 Meanwhile, the hurricane center was also monitoring an area of low pressure that emerged early Sunday a few hundred miles southeast of Bermuda. Brett Clarkson,, "Tropical Storm Paulette forms in the Atlantic," 7 Sep. 2020 About 50 miles southeast of the courthouse in downtown Huntsville, the site of ongoing protests and debate about the 115-year-old Confederate monument, is another Alabama courthouse with another Confederate monument. Paul Gattis |, al, "Why a Confederate flag still flies at Alabama courthouse," 6 Sep. 2020 To reach that ridgetop, the fire had traveled 13 miles southeast in 30 hours. Lizzie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, "Hennessey Fire’s trail from Napa County to Vacaville," 3 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Those in the southeast will want to head to this Georgia state park for an evening of stargazing. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, "10 Darkest Places in the U.S. for Incredible Stargazing," 11 Sep. 2020 The fire ignited Saturday afternoon in the Japatul Valley southeast of Alpine, and spread rapidly in record heat that in many areas of San Diego County reached triple digits. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Firefighters continue progress on Valley fire," 11 Sep. 2020 His poster features a collection of symbols strongly associated with southeast Louisiana: a crawfish wearing a purple, green and gold jester hat, and a face mask emblazoned with a black Fleur de Lis. Suzanne Pfefferle Tafur,, "City asks students to help spread the word on wearing masks; Ogden Museum displays their artwork," 10 Sep. 2020 After Floyd's death, urgency mounted locally around the issue of police violence as southeast Wisconsin grappled with its own issues of race, inequality and policing. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'The whole country's watching now': After 100 days marching, Milwaukee protesters want to live up to the past and change the future," 5 Sep. 2020 Days with extreme rainfall are expected to become 9% to 12% more common in the southeast by the middle of the century. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, "Miami’s high-tech flood map will help decide which neighborhoods get saved," 1 Sep. 2020 Marco, which was upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane on Sunday morning with winds of 75 mph, is expected to make landfall in southeast Louisiana Monday afternoon. John Sharp |, al, "Baldwin County EMA director: No need for state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Marco," 23 Aug. 2020 Gatherings at homes and outdoors across the southeast of the state have been limited to 10 people, and 30 people across the rest of Queensland., "U.K. Raises Covid Fines as Nations Mull New Rules: Virus Update," 23 Aug. 2020 Senegal’s climate ranges from desert in the northwest to tropical rainforest in the southeast; as these habitats blend into one another, so do the parasites. Joshua Sokol, The Atlantic, "The Worst Animal in the World," 20 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The parent of a first-grader and a sixth-grader who attend schools on Indianapolis' southeast side struggled trying to oversee her children's schooling while working from home this spring. Star Tribune, "Schools that are mostly Black, Latino favor starting online," 11 Sep. 2020 The association plans to have more than 100 rosebushes dedicated to the Rosies across southeast Michigan. Nisa Khan, Detroit Free Press, "Rosie the Riveters gather on Labor Day to honor the working women of WWII," 7 Sep. 2020 The shootings happened inside the family's residence in the 2600 block of South Olcott Boulevard on the city's southeast side. Laura Lane, The Indianapolis Star, "4 dead in apparent murder-suicide on Bloomington's southeast side," 6 Sep. 2020 Douglas owns a home in Upton but rented temporary housing in southeast Dallas in order to meet the eligibility requirements to run in HD 113, according to Lone Star Project. Alex Briseno, Dallas News, "Texas House Democrat on her Republican foe: ‘That boy needs a whipping’," 4 Sep. 2020 The Rabbit Hole pointed to a study put out by the Henry Ford Hospital System in southeast Michigan in response to USA TODAY’s request for comment. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Hydroxychloroquine does not work better abroad," 20 Aug. 2020 Olivo’s neighborhood in southeast Dallas has been one of the hardest hit in the city. Arelis R. Hernández, Washington Post, "‘Am I making the right choice?’," 2 June 2020 In District 9 in the southeast corner of the state, only 23% of the region’s 73 beds are available. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana coronavirus cases: 688 new cases, 5 additional deaths reported," 24 Aug. 2020 In October 2019, the village board approved the restaurant for the southeast corner of Bancroft Drive and County Line Road, directly north of J.C. Penney. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Menomonee Falls Chick-fil-A opening postponed," 22 Aug. 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 24 Sep. 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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