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

Berlin said Americans who gained a foothold north of Carentan, some 27 miles southeast of Cherbourg, had suffered heavy casualties. Houston Chronicle, "FIRST INVASION GOAL REACHED," 9 June 2019 That night, five years ago, seemed like a normal Friday in the small town 40 miles southeast of Louisville, known for its historic buildings and bourbon distilleries. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Who killed Bardstown Officer Jason Ellis? 5 years later, nobody knows," 22 May 2018 Cid's parents left Mexico and worked in a garlic factory in Gilroy, about 30 minutes southeast of San Jose. Moni Basu, CNN, "Blue state, red valley: In this part of California, a new generation is more woke than ever," 1 June 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Iranian authorities say the group is an offshoot of the Salafist militant group Jundullah, which has waged a low-intensity war on Iran’s government in the southeast for years. Sune Engel Rasmussen, WSJ, "Suicide Bombing Kills Revolutionary Guards in Restive Iranian Province," 13 Feb. 2019 It was centered 435 miles (705 kilometers) east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles and was moving west at 18 mph (30 kph). Danica Coto, BostonGlobe.com, "Tropical Storm Beryl moving closer to eastern Caribbean," 8 July 2018 On a sunny afternoon our shiny royal blue toy of a helicopter lifted off from Marrakech's Menara Airport and headed southeast for the Sahara, where our party of four would be spending the night among the dunes. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "T&C Travel: Best of Morocco," 30 Mar. 2015 As of noon, the potentially life-threatening storm was more than 1,200 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and moving westward. Eileen Reslen, Country Living, "Airlines Are Waiving Change Fees as Hurricane Florence Threatens the East Coast," 10 Sep. 2018 It was centered 240 miles (380 kilometers) east-southeast of Barbados and was moving west northwestward at 20 mph (31 kph). Danica Coto, Houston Chronicle, "Weakened Beryl moving to Caribbean; Chris forms in Atlantic," 8 July 2018 The biggest temblor struck with a 4.5 magnitude at 4:49 a.m. at a depth of eight miles, its epicenter 6 miles south-southeast of Mt. San Gorgonio and 8 miles north of Cabazon, said the USGS. Ramona Sentinel, "News Briefs: Ballots, quakes and heat," 8 May 2018 Many of them depart from the Yucatán Peninsula in southeastern Mexico, about 600 miles south-southeast of High Island. Bruce M. Beehler, Smithsonian, "Thirty-Seven Warblers in a Hundred Days," 16 Apr. 2018 The agency, which could still communicate with and direct the space station prior to its re-entry, aimed Skylab to a location approximately 810 miles (1,300 kilometers) south-southeast of Cape Town, South Africa. Elizabeth Howell, Scientific American, "Chinese Space Station Could Crash to Earth on Easter Weekend," 27 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The Sippels in fiscal 2018 received at least $373,406 for running the San Tan campuses located less than 2 miles apart in southeast Gilbert and a related Montessori school, financial records obtained by The Republic show. Craig Harris, azcentral, "Arizona charter school operators agree to pay back $180K spent on sports tickets, personal care," 13 June 2019 The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), snapped the photo on the Red Planet’s southeast Hellas Planitia. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "NASA Spacecraft Captures Star Trek's Starfleet Logo on Mars in 'Dune Footprint'," 13 June 2019 One person is dead after an SUV crashed into a building Wednesday in southeast Houston. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "1 dead after SUV crashes into building in southeast Houston," 12 June 2019 The disease, known as Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease, has struck about half of the 45 reef-building coral species found off Florida’s southeast coast, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. David Fleshler, sun-sentinel.com, "Search and rescue: Researchers on mission to save the coral reefs of South Florida," 12 June 2019 An investigation is underway after a woman was found shot to death Monday night in southeast Alabama. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "Woman killed in southeast Alabama drive-by shooting; probe ongoing," 11 June 2019 State wildlife biologists in April caught lesser prairie chickens in Kansas and released them in southeast Colorado as part of a multi-year program to rebuild the bird’s population. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "State to ask Colorado BLM to defer action on some oil, gas leases proposed in wildlife habitat," 10 June 2019 In October 2018, a transgender woman was found shot to death in a vehicle parked in southeast Dallas, police said. Janelle Griffith, NBC News, "Body of transgender woman pulled from White Rock Lake in Dallas," 3 June 2019 Latin American and southeast Asian names showing up on mailboxes alongside the Irish and Italian ones. Nathaniel Penn, Popular Mechanics, "The Day the Town Blew Up," 3 June 2019

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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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