east

adverb
\ˈēst \

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

Even before Tuesday’s announcement, the Washington, D.C., and New York metropolitan areas were home to Amazon’s biggest satellite offices east of the Mississippi. Matt Day, The Seattle Times, "Amazon shifts its sights to the East Coast," 13 Nov. 2018 The two-track bridge just east of Newark, which carries all trains crossing between New Jersey and New York, doesn’t open very often. Paul Berger, WSJ, "NJ Transit Riders Should Brace for Big Delays This Evening," 30 Oct. 2018 After about 20 minutes of uncertainty, Russian officials confirmed the crew were ok and had landed about 20km east of Dzhezkazgan, a city in central Kazakhstan. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "A Soyuz crew makes an emergency landing after rocket fails," 11 Oct. 2018 Just last week, a magnitude 6.4 quake hit Lombok, located just east of Bali, on July 29, killing 16 people. Travis Fedschun, Mike Arroyo, Fox News, "More than 90 killed after 6.9 magnitude earthquake strikes Indonesia's Lombok Island, near Bali," 2 Oct. 2018 Located directly east of Ortisei, Cortina feels distinctly more Italian. Kelly Hushin, Town & Country, "How to Explore the Hidden Gems of Italy's Dolomite Region," 28 Sep. 2018 The historic wine region east of Cape Town has become something of a staple half-day excursion on most cookie-cutter itineraries. Sarah Khan, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips From Cape Town," 14 Sep. 2018 Location: Duluth, Georgia Price: $515,000 Located about 40 minutes north east of Atlanta, this six-bedroom, four-bath farmhouse is a lot of house for the asking price. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Picture-perfect farmhouse near Atlanta asks $515K," 14 Sep. 2018 Traffic detours abound July 13 weekend south and east of Houston, where total lane closures are planned for Interstate 10, Gulf Freeway and Loop 610, according to Houston TranStar. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Interstate 10, Loop 610, Gulf Freeway closures mean travel could be difficult starting July 13," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The National Guard has mobilized personnel and trucks to the east side of Maui. Jennifer Sinco Kelleher And Audrey Mcavoy, Fox News, "Tropical Storm Olivia fades but still packs rain and wind," 12 Sep. 2018 The bloom then seemed to spread up the Gulf coast into Florida’s Panhandle over the summer, and finally around the Miami area on the east coast earlier this month. Jennifer Kay, The Seattle Times, "Experts: Hurricane Michael failed to end Florida’s red tide," 15 Oct. 2018 Happisburgh has a population of 1,400 and is on England’s east coast. Carolyn Beeler, Teen Vogue, "Erosion From Rising Sea Levels Is Destroying the English Town of Happisburgh," 17 July 2018 In the first shooting, which occurred about 8:45 p.m. Friday, a 38-year-old man was shot inside a home in the 20000 block of Charest, on the city's east side. Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Police investigate two fatal shootings on city's east side," 14 July 2018 Kids can hang in the bay on the east side, and Mom and Dad can surf the west. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Sydney: The Black Book," 5 July 2018 Police thanked the business staff and manager on Green Bay’s east side for detaining Schwantes until officers arrived. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "He was forcing open a girl’s bathroom stall — but a ‘brave bystander’ took him on, Wisc. cops say," 29 June 2018 Some such as Satellite Beach, on Florida’s east coast near Kennedy Space Center, are considering changes to building and zoning regulations. Amy Green, miamiherald, "With Gov. Scott and legislature in denial, tiny town adapts on its own to climate change," 11 July 2018 Taiwan As Typhoon Maria approached Taiwan Monday, the winds from its counterclockwise circulation rushed down the slopes of mountains adjacent to its east coast. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Two more countries may have set all-time high temperatures this week: Taiwan and United Arab Emirates," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Mountain gorillas live in lush and misty forests along a range of dormant volcanoes in east Africa. Christina Larson, The Seattle Times, "Rare conservation win: Mountain gorilla population ticks up," 14 Nov. 2018 Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada Just east of Prince Edward Island is Cape Breton, a rocky, rugged island begging to be hiked. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Islands in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Location: Memphis, Tennessee Price: $489,000 Located in east Memphis with views onto Audobon Park, this four-bedroom, three-bath midcentury home offers a lot of style for the money. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Midcentury jewel in Memphis boasts a cheery blue kitchen for $489K," 28 Sep. 2018 Maine and Delaware follow Hawaii for the highest search volume, and, in fact, the majority of the top 10 are east-coast states, with Rhode Island, West Virginia, South Carolina and New Hampshire following the Pine Tree State and First State. Marci Robin, Allure, "Google Searches May Reveal Which States Have Gotten the Most Sunburns So Far This Summer," 12 Aug. 2018 Usually, Mercury travels from west to east in the solar system. Spoon U, Teen Vogue, "How Mercury Retrograde Can Actually Affect Your Eating Habits," 27 July 2018 In 2016, the city shrank the program’s boundaries to 5.2 square miles, concentrated on the near east and west sides, Southtown, and the Pearl, after complaints the program was fueling gentrification. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "San Antonio, the nation’s fastest-growing city, sees downtown rebound," 23 Oct. 2018 Divide the country into four regions—north, south, east, and west—and then look at how the population density is distributed. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Study: people tend to cluster into four distinct personality “types”," 17 Sep. 2018 The vehicle attempted to turn west onto Francis, but spun out and headed east on Francis, police said. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "Orland Park man dies after car found wrecked in ditch, police say," 10 July 2018

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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 2)

: to or toward the east

east

adjective

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

: lying toward or at the east

: coming from the east

east

noun
\ˈēst \

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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