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northnoun [U]

 us   /nɔrθ/ (abbreviation N., abbreviation No.)
the direction that is opposite south, or the part of an area or country which is in this direction: The points of the compass are north, south, east, and west.
In the US, the North is the part of the country in the north and east: Ken grew up in Mississippi but settled in the North after college.
US history In the US Civil War, the North was the group of states that fought to keep the US together.
northern
adjective [not gradable]  us   /ˈnɔr·ðərn/ (abbreviation N., abbreviation No.)
Tom lives in the northern part of the state.

northadjective, adverb [not gradable]

 us   /nɔrθ/ (abbreviation N., abbreviation No.)
in, forming, or toward the north part of something: the north coast She lives about forty miles north of here.
A north wind is a wind coming from the north.
(Definition of north from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"north" in British English

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northnoun [U]

(also North) uk   /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 landscape 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.

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northadjective

(also North) uk   /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

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northadverb

(also North) uk   /nɔːθ/  us   /nɔːrθ/ (written abbreviation N, UK also Nth, US also No)
(Definition of north from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"north" in Business English

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northadjective, adverb

uk   us   /nɔːθ/
north of
used to say that an amount is more than the one stated: The company's market cap is now north of $160 billion.
(Definition of north from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “north”
in Korean 북쪽…
in Arabic الشَّمال, جِهة الشَّمال…
in Malaysian utara…
in French nord…
in Chinese (Traditional) 北, 北方, 北部…
in Italian nord…
in Spanish norte…
in Vietnamese hướng bắc, hướng bắc trên la bàn…
in Portuguese norte…
in Thai ทิศเหนือ…
in German der Norden…
in Catalan nord…
in Japanese 北…
in Chinese (Simplified) 北, 北方, 北部…
in Indonesian utara…
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