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southeast

[south-eest; Nautical sou-eest]
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noun
  1. the point or direction midway between south and east. Abbreviation: SE
  2. a region in this direction.
  3. (initial capital letter) the southeast region of the United States.
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adjective
  1. lying toward, situated in, or directed toward the southeast.
  2. coming from the southeast, as a wind.
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adverb
  1. in the direction midway between south and east.
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Origin of southeast

before 900; Middle English southest, Old English sūthēast. See south, east
Related formssouth·east·ern, adjectivesouth·east·ern·most [south-ee-stern-mohst or, esp. British, -muh st] /ˌsaʊθˈi stərnˌmoʊst or, esp. British, -məst/, adjective
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southeast

noun
  1. the point of the compass or the direction midway between south and east, 135° clockwise from north
  2. (often cap usually preceded by the) any area lying in or towards this direction
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adjective Also: southeastern
  1. (sometimes capital) of or denoting the southeastern part of a specified country, area, etc
  2. situated in, proceeding towards, or facing the southeast
  3. (esp of the wind) from the southeast
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adverb
  1. in, to, towards, or (esp of the wind) from the southeast
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Symbol: SE
Derived Formssoutheasternmost, adjective

Southeast

noun
  1. the Southeast the southeastern part of Britain, esp the London area
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Word Origin and History for southeast

adv.

Old English suðeast; see south + east. Related: Southeasterly; southeastern.

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