1. uncountable noun [oft the N] The north-west is the direction which is halfway between north and west. ⇒ ...Ushant, five miles out to the north-west. 2. singular noun
The north-west of a place, country, or region is the part which is towards the north-west. ⇒ Labour took its pre-election campaign to the North-West. [+ of] ⇒ ...the extreme north-west of South America.
3. adverb [ADV after v] If you go north-west, you travel towards the north-west. ⇒ Take the narrow lane going north-west parallel with the railway line. 4. adverb
Something that is north-west of a place is positioned to the north-west of it. [+ of] ⇒ This was situated to the north-west of the town, a short walk from the railway station.
5. graded adjective & adjective [ADJ n]
The north-west part of a place, country, or region is the part which is towards the north-west. ⇒ ...the North-West Regional Health Authority. ⇒ ...the north-west coast of the United States. ⇒ ...Sydney's north-west suburbs.
6. adjective [ADJ n] A north-west wind is a wind that blows from the north-west. ⇒ A brisk north-west wind swept across the region.
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