south Definition

  • 1the direction that is opposite to north
  • 2the region lying to the south of a specified or implied point of orientation

Using south: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "south" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The sun rises in the east and sets in the west, so south is to your right if you are facing the rising sun.

  • Example

    I'm from the south of France.

  • Example

    The storm is moving south towards the coast.

  • Example

    The country is divided into north and south.

south Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for south

  • southern part
  • southern region
  • southern area

Antonyms for south

Phrases with south

  • to fail or go wrong


    The project went south after the main investor pulled out.

  • in or to Mexico


    They went on vacation to a resort south of the border.

  • the southernmost point on the Earth's surface


    The expedition reached the South Pole after months of travel.


Summary: south in Brief

The term 'south' [saʊθ] refers to the direction opposite to north, or the region lying to the south of a specified point. It can be used to describe a location, as in 'I'm from the south of France,' or a direction, as in 'The storm is moving south towards the coast.' 'Go south' is an idiom meaning to fail or go wrong.

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