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southwest

adverb south·west \ sau̇th-ˈwest , naut sau̇-ˈwest \
|Updated on: 15 Aug 2018

Definition of southwest

: to, toward, or in the southwest

Examples of southwest in a Sentence

  1. It's about 80 miles southwest of here.

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First Known Use of southwest

before 12th century

in the meaning defined above

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southwest

noun

Definition of southwest

1 a : the general direction between south and west
b : the point midway between the south and west compass points
2 capitalized : regions or countries lying to the southwest of a specified or implied point of orientation; especially : the southwestern part of the U.S.

Examples of southwest in a Sentence

  1. A mountain range is in the southwest of the country.

  2. These plants grow in the Southwest.

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First Known Use of southwest

12th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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southwest

adjective

Definition of southwest

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

Examples of southwest in a Sentence

  1. the southwest corner of the building

Recent Examples of southwest from the Web

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First Known Use of southwest

before 12th century

in the meaning defined at sense 2

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SOUTHWEST Defined for English Language Learners

southwest

Definition of southwest for English Language Learners

  • : to or toward the southwest


southwest

Definition of southwest for English Language Learners

  • : the direction between south and west

  • : the southwestern part of a country or region; especially : the southwestern part of the U.S.


southwest

Definition of southwest for English Language Learners

  • : located in the southwest

  • : blowing from the southwest


SOUTHWEST Defined for Kids

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southwest

adverb south·west \ sau̇th-ˈwest \

Definition of southwest for Students

: to or toward the direction between south and west
  • The town is southwest of here.

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southwest

adjective

Definition of southwest for Students

: placed toward, facing, or coming from the southwest
  • southwest winds

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southwest

noun

Definition of southwest for Students

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


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