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north

noun [U] uk (also North)   /nɔːθ/ us    /nɔːrθ/ (written abbreviation N, UK also Nth, US also No.)
A2 the direction that goes towards the part of the Earth above the equator, opposite to the south, or the part of an area or country that is in this direction: The points of the compass are north, south, east, and west. The countryside is more mountainous in the north (of the country). Cambridge is/lies to the north of London. a north-facing window the North the rich industrial countries of the world, most of which are above the equator the northern states of the middle and eastern part of the US: The North defeated the South in the American Civil War.

north

adjective uk (also North)   /nɔːθ/ us    /nɔːrθ/ (written abbreviation N, UK also Nth, US also No)
A2 in or forming the north part of something: North America/Africa the north coast of Iceland Our farm is a few miles north of the village. north wind a wind coming from the north

north

adverb uk (also North)   /nɔːθ/ us    /nɔːrθ/ (written abbreviation N, UK also Nth, US also No)
A2 towards the north: Go due (= directly) north for two miles. The garden faces north and doesn't get much sun in the winter. up north informal to or in the north of the country or region: I live in Cambridge, but my relatives live up north in Manchester.
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