southeast

adverb
south·east | \sau̇th-ˈēst, naut sau̇-ˈēst\

Definition of southeast 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: to, toward, or in the southeast

southeast

noun

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

southeast

adjective

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

There was a more pleasant surprise on the drive southeast from San Antonio to Karnes County -- a car seat for Jonathan. Leyla Santiago, CNN, "Pregnant mom from migrant caravan says life in detention is a relief, but uncertain," 9 May 2018 Bill Cox said on the Courier's Facebook page the fireball lasted five to 10 seconds and was headed southeast, which matches up with the track the AMS estimated. Matt Milner, chicagotribune.com, "Meteor spotted streaking across much of Midwest Sunday night," 9 July 2018 The car’s accelerator apparently got stuck, causing the vehicle to crash into some trees in Center Township (about 90 miles southeast of Cleveland), according to the news station. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "Paramedic took money from dead man’s pocket, cops say. But someone was watching.," 3 July 2018 Anderson Health, about 35 miles southeast of Charlotte, is one of 37 psychiatric residential treatment facilities in North Carolina for patients with severe mental and behavioral problems. Fred Clasen-kelly, Julianna Rennie And Cassie Cope, charlotteobserver, "Teen alleges psych center therapist was 'touching me in a way I hated,' NC report says," 27 June 2018 The state's sixth active volcano, Loihi, is underwater, about 22 miles southeast of Hawaii Island, and last erupted in 1996. Rong-gong Lin Ii, latimes.com, "Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano destroys 35 structures; scientists say additional eruptions are likely," 8 May 2018 While Lewin stockpiled his findings like ammo, McLaughlin moved his office 20 minutes southeast, to Chula Vista. Dan Greene, SI.com, "Flight of the Sole Man," 8 Mar. 2018 If the storm moves southeast, the snowfall totals could rise, forecasters said. Kalhan Rosenblatt, NBC News, "East Coast braces for snow as anticipated fast-moving Nor’easter looms," 6 Mar. 2018 Spaceport America lies about 20 miles southeast of Truth or Consequences, roughly 50 miles north of Las Cruces, and at a perpetually indeterminate moment in the near future. Ingrid Burrington, The Atlantic, "New Mexico’s Sad Bet on Space Exploration," 2 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Buying farther out Most of the new Valley subdivisions stretching from the San Tan Valley in the southeast to Buckeye in the southwest were left half-built a decade ago. Catherine Reagor, azcentral, "Metro Phoenix homebuilding hits decade high," 8 July 2018 Within days, another case was reported about 900 kilometers away in Haut-Lomami province in the southeast. Leslie Roberts, Science | AAAS, "Alarming polio outbreak spreads in Congo, threatening global eradication efforts," 2 July 2018 The hotter winds from the west that have been roasting the region will be replaced by more temperate winds from the southeast, according to the National Weather Service. Larry Barszewski, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Weekend won't be so hot, but it will be wetter," 22 June 2018 The two parties in the ruling coalition derive their support from two of the nation’s main ethnic groups, the Dioula who are viewed as northerners and the Baoule from the southeast. Pauline Bax, Bloomberg.com, "Ivory Coast’s President Suggests He May Run Again, Sparking Concern," 4 June 2018 The high temperature should be close to 90 degrees, with a light wind (5-10 mph from the southeast) in the morning. Stephen Ruiz, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando weather: Rain could dampen Memorial Day plans," 25 May 2018 Winds were around eight knots from the southeast for Race 1, but ultimately built to 13-15 after the sea breeze filled in. baltimoresun.com, "Digest (May 4): Brigade upends defending Arena Football League champ," 4 May 2018 Like Bush, most visitors are from the northeast, followed by those from the southeast. Jesse Oxfeld, Town & Country, "Florida Keys' Cheeca Lodge Reopens With a Flourish," 11 Apr. 2018 Irish Fire Where: Amador County, off Irish Ridge Road and Carbondale Road, southeast of Plymouth Size: 825 acres, as of 7:30 p.m. Julia Sclafani, sacbee, "Northern California wildfire updates: Pacific Crest Trail closures in effect despite progress on Klamathon Fire," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Konover and its partners control some of the lots — four adjacent to 55 Elm, including the largest, at the southeast corner of Capitol and West streets. Kenneth R. Gosselin, courant.com, "Sale of Historic Building Near Hartford's Bushnell Park Could Spark Other Development," 29 May 2018 Two southeast Houston businesses were damaged in smash-and-grabs just blocks apart on Tuesday morning. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Two businesses on Wayside struck within half-hour in attempted smash-and-grabs," 10 July 2018 The auto show pumps an estimated $450 million into southeast Michigan’s economy every year, thanks to everything from ticket sales to meals and hotel stays. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit auto show likely moving to June in 2020," 9 July 2018 Near the 4-mile point, a set of switchbacks takes on the southeast flanks of the mountain. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Flagstaff hike: Rogers Trail hike is a lovely walk in the woods," 5 July 2018 In the earliest hours of the Fourth of July, Austin police received a 911 call about an escalating argument on the southeast side of the Texas city. Amy B Wang, chicagotribune.com, "Man confronted teenage neighbor over fireworks — then shot him to death, police say," 7 July 2018 In the earliest hours of the Fourth of July, Austin police received a 911 call about an escalating argument on the southeast side of the Texas city. Amy B Wang, Washington Post, "A man confronted a teenage neighbor over early morning fireworks — then shot him to death, police say," 7 July 2018 Aurora will accept federal money for a mile-long bike trail through the southeast side of the city. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora gets federal grant for Montgomery Road bike trail," 30 June 2018 Finner identified the officer as Eddie Brown, a nine-year HPD veteran who works on the southeast side. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Houston police officer fires weapon at robbery suspect, no one injured," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of southeast

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

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

Adjective

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

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southeast

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of southeast

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to or toward the southeast

southeast

noun

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.

southeast

adjective

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

: located in or toward the southeast

: coming from the southeast

southeast

adverb
south·east | \sau̇th-ˈēst \

Kids Definition of southeast

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

southeast

adjective

Kids Definition of southeast (Entry 2 of 3)

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

southeast

noun

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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