east

adverb
\ ˈēst How to pronounce east (audio) \

Definition of east

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to, toward, or in the east

east

adjective

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

east

noun

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

In the Payson area, these include Fossil Creek and the extensive forest area east of State Route 260 and south of State route 87. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Some Arizona fire restrictions lifted; forests reopening," 11 July 2018 Bray was spotted walking along a county road in a rural area east of Crossville Saturday night, according to the sheriff's office. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Cops: Murder suspect, 2 other inmates bust hole in jail wall to escape," 18 June 2018 The historic areas just east of some of the state’s largest downtowns are having a dramatic moment. Cary Darling, Houston Chronicle, "Let’s Go, EaDo: What to check out on Houston’s changing east side," 14 June 2018 The advisory covers areas east of Textron Marine & Land Systems on Chef Menteur Highway. Carlie Kollath Wells, NOLA.com, "Venetian Isles boil water advisory remains in effect Wednesday," 23 May 2018 According to the Downtown Management District, more than 50 percent more people live downtown now than did in 2000 — and that doesn't even count the residential growth in the NuLu area east of Interstate 65. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "Why does Louisville close roads for years? It's driving us insane," 21 May 2018 The unpredictable path of lava led to one stream crossing a street and threatening a new area east of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens, where 40 structures, including 26 homes, have been destroyed over the last two weeks. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "Helicopter airlifts trapped residents as lava from Hawaii volcano speeds up, air quality diminishes," 19 May 2018 In one of the border areas east of Gaza City, Mohammed Hamami, a civil servant, joined a crowd of hundreds of protesters, along with his mother and five children. Fares Akram Ilan Ben Zion, The Christian Science Monitor, "US embassy opens in Jerusalem as dozens killed in Gaza," 14 May 2018 That happened in Southern California over the weekend, when dozens of small tremors were recorded in the Ocotillo Wells area east of San Diego. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Volcanoes. Geysers. Earthquakes. Mother Earth sure seems angry right now," 14 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Detroit police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found Monday in vacant home on the city's east side. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit police: Woman found dead in vacant home," 11 June 2019 Police say the homeless man was taken into custody Friday night, two days after the body of a woman was found in a vacant house on Detroit's east side. Fox News, "'Person of interest' in Detroit deaths remains in custody," 9 June 2019 Police say the homeless man was taken into custody Friday night, two days after the body of a woman was found in a vacant house on Detroit's east side. NBC News, "'Person of interest' in possible Detroit serial murders in custody," 9 June 2019 Mick’s success with the Bearcats, who went to nine consecutive NCAA tournaments under his guidance, afforded him a chance to move to the tonier east side of town. Ben Bolch, latimes.com, "Mick Cronin’s determination fueled his coaching journey from Cincinnati to UCLA," 8 June 2019 Two people are dead after a fire at an east-side residence Saturday morning. Andrew Clark, Indianapolis Star, "Man, woman dead after east-side house fire," 8 June 2019 On the east side of the valley, tranquil Grand Avenue feels plucked right out of southern France. Alex Schechter, Vogue, "Forget Poppies, Ojai’s Pixie Season Is the California Nature Event to Know," 10 Apr. 2019 Police are investigating a homicide after a man was found dead in east Charlotte, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said Tuesday. Lavendrick Smith, charlotteobserver, "Police investigating homicide in east Charlotte," 10 July 2018 In late January, staffing shortages at major airports caused chaos and flight cancellations on the east coast. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Belgium Cancels All Flights For 24 Hours as Air Traffic Controllers Strike," 13 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The sun sets in the west (just about everyone knows that), but Sunset Towers faced east. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "“The Westing Game,” a Tribute to Labor That Became a Dark Comedy of American Capitalism," 13 June 2019 Further east is the geothermal area of Geysir, a sulfurous landscape of mud pots, mineral formations, and the spouting Strokkur geyser. National Geographic, "Iceland Hiking Adventure," 12 June 2019 But hundreds of residents – most from east Seminole -- opposed the project, pointing out that in 2004 Seminole voters approved a ballot referendum that established the county’s rural boundary mostly east of the Econ, Oviedo and Lake Jesup. Martin E. Comas, orlandosentinel.com, "Seminole County rejects River Cross settlement offer," 12 June 2019 Carnell Sledge, 40, and Katherine Brown, 22, were found shot to death about 5:30 p.m. June in the reservation just north of the Lorain Road bridge, east of Valley Parkway. Kaylee Remington, cleveland.com, "Cleveland FBI offers reward for information in Rocky River Reservation double homicide," 12 June 2019 The program would be based at Orange Glen High in east Escondido, as a school-within-a-school, said Assistant Superintendent of Education Services April Moore. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Escondido high schools expect balanced budget, plan for ‘middle college’," 12 June 2019 Nine Mile was narrowed in the 1990s, west of Woodward; the city followed up in 2015 with narrowing the road east of Woodward and installing bike lanes on that side. Robert Allen, Detroit Free Press, "Autos vs. bikes: Watch for shrinking roads in metro Detroit," 10 June 2019 An intimate dinner-only venue called the Alameda Supper Club is tucked into the complex east of the Manufactory, along with the Alameda Cocktail Club outdoor bar, run by mixologists Julian Cox, Nick Meyer and CJ Catalano. Jessica Ritz, latimes.com, "The Manufactory: A new culinary anchor in the Arts District," 10 June 2019 From town, head north past 6,684-foot Mount Mitchell—the tallest peak east of the Mississippi—to the Roan Highlands, where the Appalachian Trail crosses a series of treeless peaks covered with native grasses. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Best Road Trips in North America," 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of east

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

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

Noun

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

History and Etymology for east

Adverb

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

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of east

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to or toward the east

east

adjective

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

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

east

noun

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)

east

noun
\ ˈēst How to pronounce east (audio) \

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

east

adjective

Kids Definition of east (Entry 2 of 3)

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

east

adverb

Kids Definition of east (Entry 3 of 3)

: to or toward the east traveled east

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