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southnoun [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 ​bestbeaches are in the south (of the ​island). We ​spentourholiday in the south of France. Canberra is/​lies to the south of Sydney.the South the ​southernstates of the US: The American Civil War was ​fought between the ​North and the South ​partly over the ​issue of ​slavery. the ​developingcountries of the ​world, most of which are below the equator
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southadjective

(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 ​plantsgrow well on a south-​facingwall.south wind a ​wind coming from the south
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southadverb

(also South) uk   us   /saʊθ/ (written abbreviation S, UK also Sth, US also So)
A2 towards the south: The Mississippi ​riverflows 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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(Definition of south from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"south" in American English

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southnoun [U]

 us   /sɑʊθ/ (abbreviation S., abbreviation So.)
the ​directionoppositenorth, or the ​part of an ​area or ​country in this ​direction: The ​points of the ​compass are ​north, south, ​east, and ​west. In the US, the South is the ​southeasternpart of the ​country: We moved to the South when I was a ​child. US history In the US Civil War, the South was the ​group of ​states that ​fought to ​becomeseparate from the ​federalgovernment.
southerly
adjective  us   /ˈsʌð·ər·li/
a southerly ​direction
southern
adjective [not gradable]  us   /ˈsʌð·ərn/ (abbreviation S., abbreviation So.)
Louisiana is in the southern ​part of the US.

southadjective, adverb [not gradable]

 us   /sɑʊθ/ (abbreviation S., abbreviation So.)
in, ​forming, or toward the south ​part of something: The University is on the south ​side of ​town. We ​drove south.
(Definition of south from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “south”
in Korean 남쪽…
in Arabic جَنوب…
in Malaysian selatan…
in French sud…
in Chinese (Traditional) 南, 南方,南部…
in Italian sud…
in Spanish sur…
in Vietnamese miền nam, phương nam…
in Portuguese sul…
in Thai ตอนใต้, ทิศใต้…
in German der Süden…
in Catalan sud…
in Japanese 南…
in Chinese (Simplified) 南, 南方,南部…
in Indonesian selatan…
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