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noun [U] (also South) uk   us   /saʊθ/ (written abbreviation S, UK also Sth, US also So.)
A2 the direction that goes towards the part of the Earth below the equator, opposite to the north, 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 best beaches are in the south (of the island). We usually spend our holidays in the south of France. Canberra is/lies to the south of Sydney.the South the southern states of the middle and eastern part of the US: The American Civil War was fought between the North and the South partly over the issue of slavery. the developing countries of the world, most of which are below the equator
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south

adjective (also South) uk   us   /saʊθ/ (written abbreviation S, UK also Sth, US also So)
A2 in or forming the south part of something: South Africa the South China Sea These plants grow well on a south-facing wall.south wind a wind coming from the south
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south

adverb (also South) uk   us   /saʊθ/ (written abbreviation S, UK also Sth, US also So)
A2 towards the south: The Mississippi river flows south. They drove south towards the coast. He travelled due (= directly) south, towards the desert.down south to or in the south of a country or region: Alice got a job down south.south of the border (in or to) England, when considered in relation to Scotland (in or to) Mexico and the other countries south of the US border with Mexico, when considered in relation to the US
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Translations of “south”
in Arabic جَنوب…
in Korean 남쪽…
in Malaysian selatan…
in French sud…
in Italian sud…
in Chinese (Traditional) 南, 南方,南部…
in Vietnamese miền nam, phương nam…
in Spanish sur…
in Portuguese sul…
in Thai ตอนใต้, ทิศใต้…
in German der Süden…
in Catalan sud…
in Japanese 南…
in Indonesian selatan…
in Chinese (Simplified) 南, 南方,南部…
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