southeast

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

After relations with Italy normalized in 1929, the astronomers fled Rome’s light pollution by moving 15 miles southeast to the papal summer home here in the Alban Hills. Kyle Peterson, WSJ, "An Astronomer’s View of the Christmas Sky," 21 Dec. 2018 The flames are now moving southeast away from Oregon. Kellen Browning, sacbee, "Firefighters preparing for greater activity in Klamathon, County blazes," 7 July 2018 Gibbons won 37 counties, cutting a wide swath of victories from Toledo and moving southeast through Columbus to the Appalachian foothills of southeastern Ohio. Scott Wartman, Cincinnati.com, "In Ohio, Democratic U.S. Senator Sen. Sherrod Brown may ride Trump country to re-election," 2 July 2018 In 2009, police pulled over a slow-moving and mumbling Alexander in southeast D.C., where officers smelled PCP coming from his car. Sean Rossman, USA TODAY, "Strangers come together to try to save USA TODAY reporter Oren Dorell in deadly hit-and-run," 15 June 2018 Rivera, 24, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder on August 21 after the body of Tibbetts, a 20-year-old University of Iowa student, was discovered in a cornfield about 12 miles southeast of Brooklyn. Fox News, "Mollie Tibbetts' accused killer pleads not guilty to murder charges," 19 Sep. 2018 The blaze burning near a popular fishing lake 80 miles southeast of Salt Lake City was 35 percent contained, according to Duchesne County Sheriff's officials. CBS News, "Some progress vs. wildfires raging in drought-stricken West," 9 July 2018 In Utah, authorities allowed the return of some residents who fled a fire near a fishing lake 80 miles southeast of Salt Lake City. Washington Post, "Heat and high winds stoke wildfires in California, other Western states," 8 July 2018 The fire has burned about 75 square miles and destroyed 90 structures, including homes, cabins, sheds and garages, since starting July 1 in mountains about 80 miles southeast of Salt Lake City. NBC News, "Weather grants some relief as wildfires burn in West amid heatwave," 7 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This, coupled with Kent’s famous chalky soil, has made the area, just over an hour southeast of London, particularly productive for grape varieties used in sparkling wine, like chardonnay, pinot noir, and bacchus. Tyler Wetherall, Condé Nast Traveler, "Kent Is Poised to Be the U.K.'s Napa Valley," 14 Sep. 2018 In Utah, scorching summer temperatures and winds quickly pushed flames through bone-dry vegetation near a popular fishing lake about two hours southeast of Salt Lake City. Washington Post, "Colorado wildfire destroys 3 homes as flames menace US West," 5 July 2018 The fire roughly two hours southeast of Salt Lake City has destroyed about 30 structures. BostonGlobe.com, "Wildfires keep growing in US West," 4 July 2018 From there, Pence will travel to Hillsdale College, about an hour southeast of Battle Creek. Kalea Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Mike Pence to give commencement address at Hillsdale College," 12 May 2018 Getting there: Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon is about 4 1/2 hours southeast of Reykjavik. Susan Glaser, cleveland.com, "Iceland Travel Blog: Bobbing among icebergs on Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon (photos, video)," 11 May 2018 International mining companies, including Glencore PLC, have set up emergency protocols for evacuating staff and halting operations should unrest spread to the traditionally stable southeast. Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Catholic Church Questions Surprise Congo Election Results," 10 Jan. 2019 They then are expected shift to the southeast into Missouri as a line of storms along an advancing cold front. Robert A. Cronkleton, kansascity, "Severe weather threat lowered, but tornado still possible in Kansas City area | The Kansas City Star," 3 May 2018 Location: Lyme, Connecticut Price: $798,000 Located about an hour southeast of Hartford, Connecticut, and halfway between New York City and Boston, this three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath property is a newer house made to look old. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Granite and timber home in the forest asks $798K," 19 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The bodies are piling up in Glynn County in southeast Georgia. Bill Torpy, ajc, "Torpy at Large: When a murderous cop has law-and-order enablers," 5 July 2018 Sarah Jane Smith, a teenage Confederate spy, had gathered intelligence that allowed Southern forces to surprise and kill two dozen Union cavalrymen in southeast Missouri. Kelly Scott Franklin, WSJ, "‘Women’s War’ Review: The Battle Seen From Both Sides," 12 Apr. 2019 For the best placement, according to Repasky, face the opening of each hive in either the south, east, or southeast direction. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Beekeeping for Beginners: Everything to Know About Starting Your Own Colony," 5 Apr. 2019 Call centers use them to detect customer emotion, banks in southeast Asia have begun using the technology for customer authentication. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Prisons Are Building Giant Biometric Databases of Prisoners' Voices," 1 Feb. 2019 More significantly, Tropical Storm Allison, a 2001 storm which hit hardest in southeast Texas and Louisiana, would have also been a RealImpact 5 due to catastrophic flooding and the deaths, both direct and indirect, of around 50 people. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "AccuWeather Unveils Its Own Hurricane Scale," 14 Jan. 2019 Beijing claims the South China Sea, which lies on the country’s southeast coast, belongs to China. Alex Ward, Vox, "Trump’s China strategy is the most radical in decades — and it’s failing," 18 Sep. 2018 In Mount Pleasant, a town of 8,500 in rural southeast Iowa that voted heavily for Mr. Trump, the president’s immigration policies created a sharp, unexpected fracture in the days after Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents descended, on May 9. New York Times, "An ICE Raid Leaves an Iowa Town Divided Along Faith Lines," 3 July 2018 While philanthropy first drew travelers Josh and Jessica Greenberg to the southeast Asian country, the prospect of exploring its natural beauty and rich culture made it a dream vacation spot. Jennifer Franklin, USA TODAY, "Paradise awaits in the Philippines," 2 July 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 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.

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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