\ ˈēst How to pronounce east (audio) \

Definition of east

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to, toward, or in the east



Definition of east (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : situated toward or at the east an east window
2 : coming from the east an east wind



Definition of east (Entry 3 of 3)

1a : the general direction of sunrise : the direction toward the right of one facing north
b : the compass point directly opposite to west
2 capitalized
a : regions lying to the east of a specified or implied point of orientation
b : regions having a culture derived from ancient non-European especially Asian areas
3 : the altar end of a church
4 often capitalized
a : the one of four positions at 90-degree intervals that lies to the east or at the right of a diagram
b : a person (such as a bridge player) occupying this position in the course of a specified activity

Examples of east in a Sentence

Adjective the east side of town Noun The city is framed by mountain ranges to the east and west. The wind blew from the east. This summer has been unusually hot in the East.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Located at 37080 Row River Road in Dorena, about 10.5 miles east of Cottage Grove. oregonlive, 14 Nov. 2021 Located roughly 50 miles east of San Francisco, the Livermore Valley AVA includes just over 50 wineries within Contra Costa and Alameda counties and the Tri-Valley cities of Livermore, Dublin and Danville. Jess Lander, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Nov. 2021 According to prosecutors, Soto-Toledo led 14 people into the pipe, which ends on the American side in a mechanical grate located about one-and-a-half miles east of the San Ysidro Port of Entry. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Nov. 2021 Troopers located it about 20 miles east of Emmonak. Anna Rose Macarthur, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Nov. 2021 Israel Baline in the town of Tyumen, located 1,300 miles east of Moscow in a remote part of Siberia. Christian Blauvelt, Billboard, 1 Nov. 2021 Located just east of Keizer Station and Interstate 5 in Salem, Chemawa had 337 students enrolled as of last school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. USA Today, 24 Oct. 2021 The structure will be located on 9.16 acres east of the intersection of 200 North and 400 East in central Utah’s Sanpete County. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 Oct. 2021 Located 15 miles east of the capital city of Salem, Silverton is known as Oregon's Garden City, thanks to the Oregon Garden, which has 80 acres of flowers and parks. Megan Wood, Travel + Leisure, 16 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Lake-effect snow is also possible on the east side of the Great Lakes. Judson Jones, CNN, 19 Nov. 2021 His name is on the memorial on the east side of the Baker County Courthouse that lists local residents who have died in war. oregonlive, 11 Nov. 2021 One thing that Calabrese noticed this year is that the east side of the Cleveland area started seeing leaf change three to five days before west side, based on text messages exchanged between himself and several other naturalists. Peter Krouse, cleveland, 11 Nov. 2021 Indianapolis police are investigating after a man was found dead inside the trunk of a burning car in a secluded area on the east side of Indianapolis early Tuesday morning. Lawrence Andrea, The Indianapolis Star, 9 Nov. 2021 On its east side are three Greek figures representing Peace, Victory and Valor. Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2021 The Paul Weise building is the latest in a series of apartment properties on Milwaukee's east side that Fairchild Acquisition has purchased over the past year. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Nov. 2021 In 1968, the predominantly Mexican community on the east side of San Jose formed the Community Alert Patrol group to monitor the mostly white Police Department. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Nov. 2021 Two other locations were considered for the dog park, including the east side of the Oswego Police Headquarters on Woolley Road and at Venue 1012, the village’s new entertainment pavilion on Station Drive off of Orchard Road. Linda Girardi, chicagotribune.com, 5 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun According to a preliminary investigation by the OSHP, Hurt failed to yield at a stop sign and was struck by a vehicle traveling east on Route 50. Kaitlin Lewis, The Enquirer, 21 Nov. 2021 The notice was put out by Solon police looking for a silver, older model, four-door sedan, with a possible transfer of red paint on the right front bumper, last seen heading east on Miles from Harper Road and through Moreland Hills. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 19 Nov. 2021 The three who were injured were driving east in a 2016 Toyota Camry on Southwest 10th Street while Meyer, in a 2013 Jeep Wrangler, crashed into the Toyota from behind, the Sheriff’s Office said. Angie Dimichele, sun-sentinel.com, 18 Nov. 2021 Police said someone in a black Jeep Grand Cherokee, which was last seen traveling east on Randolph, opened fire as the SUV drove past, according to a police notification. Tatyana Turner, chicagotribune.com, 17 Nov. 2021 At the time, the oil slick was reportedly about 3 nautical miles long and heading east towards Huntington Beach. Liz Allen, Forbes, 7 Nov. 2021 The vehicle was heading east on Grand and was thought to be a white or light-colored SUV. Karen Kucher, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Nov. 2021 The 2021 Veterans Day Parade steps off at 11 a.m. Nov. 6 at Wisconsin and Phillips avenues, heading east to Water Street and then south to Juneau Avenue. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 Nov. 2021 If heading east on Bethel Avenue, take Perkins Avenue south to Raymond Street. Kayla Dwyer, The Indianapolis Star, 2 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of east


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for east


Middle English est, from Old English ēast; akin to Old High German ōstar to the east, Latin aurora dawn, Greek ēōs, heōs

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“East.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/east. Accessed 9 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of east

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to or toward the east



English Language Learners Definition of east (Entry 2 of 3)

: lying toward or at the east
: coming from the east



English Language Learners Definition of east (Entry 3 of 3)

: the direction where the sun rises : the direction that is the opposite of west
: the eastern part of the U.S.
: the countries of Asia (such as Japan, China, and Korea)


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Kids Definition of east

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : the direction of sunrise : the compass point opposite to west
2 capitalized : regions or countries east of a certain point



Kids Definition of east (Entry 2 of 3)

: placed toward, facing, or coming from the east the east end an east wind



Kids Definition of east (Entry 3 of 3)

: to or toward the east traveled east

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