south·​west·​ern | \ sau̇(th)-ˈwe-stərn How to pronounce southwestern (audio) \

Definition of southwestern

1 : lying toward or coming from the southwest
2 often capitalized : of, relating to, or characteristic of a region conventionally designated Southwest

Other Words from southwestern

southwesternmost \ sau̇(th)-​ˈwe-​stərn-​ˌmōst How to pronounce southwestern (audio) \ adjective

Examples of southwestern in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In this case the high court is weighing whether the Biden administration can end a Trump-era immigration program that forces asylum-seekers arriving at the southwestern border to await approval in Mexico. Globe Staff,, 16 May 2022 The Biden administration has been under increasing pressure as a Trump-era public health order, known as Title 42, is set to be lifted in late May, a move that is expected to create a surge of migration across the southwestern border. New York Times, 30 Apr. 2022 The breakaway region is a long and narrow sliver of land that extends between the eastern bank of the Dniester River in Moldova and the southwestern border of Ukraine. NBC News, 29 Apr. 2022 Experts and immigrant advocates say migrants arriving at the U.S. southwestern border are leaving their countries for a number of reasons, including escaping gang violence, looking to improve their economic opportunities and natural disasters. Kim Bojórquez, The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 Apr. 2022 For many, the theme of emancipation from oppression had a personal resonance long before Vladimir Putin ordered tanks to roll across Russia’s southwestern border. Jonathan M. Pitts, Baltimore Sun, 14 Apr. 2022 Crater of Diamonds State Park is in Murfreesboro, in the southwestern corner of Arkansas. Forrest Brown, CNN, 3 May 2022 These account, for instance, for the reason that the southwestern U.S. outproduces Mexico in oil and gas, even though the geology of the two countries is similar. Steve Forbes, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 But awareness is also critical, because many people who present with symptoms may not have heard of valley fever, and clinicians outside the southwestern U.S. might not know to test for it. Los Angeles Times, 4 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of southwestern

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

History and Etymology for southwestern

Middle English, from Old English sūth-westerne, from sūth south + westerne western

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“Southwestern.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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south·​west·​ern | \ sau̇th-ˈwe-stərn How to pronounce southwestern (audio) \

Kids Definition of southwestern

1 often capitalized : of, relating to, or like that of the Southwest southwestern art
2 : lying toward or coming from the southwest the southwestern part of the country

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