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

Khan al-Ahmar is located a few dozen meters from a four-lane highway that runs east-west, effectively slicing the West Bank in half at a narrow waist and linking Jerusalem with the Jordan Valley. Fox News, "Doomed Palestinian village turns to Europe as last hope," 16 Sep. 2018 Algae piles up against the shore of the St. Lucie Canal, which connects with Lake Okeechobee’s east shore, July 11, 2018. David Smiley And Mary Ellen Klas, miamiherald, "Florida’s politicians use slimy algae to muddy each other," 11 July 2018 Newcastle were looking to sign Maia on loan, with an option for the Brazilian to make the move to the north east permanent. SI.com, "Newcastle Have Bid For Lille's Brazilian Wonderkid Rejected," 9 July 2018 It was centered about 195 miles (315 kilometers) south-southeast of Cape Hatteras and was moving east-southeast at 2 mph (4 kph). Washington Post, "Beryl dissipates after Dominica, easing threat to others," 9 July 2018 Linton theorized the clear water came about because Subtropical Storm Alberto in late May moved counterclockwise up the Mississippi River’s east side, directing the river’s drainage to the east. Jose R. Gonzalez, Houston Chronicle, "Galveston’s blue water was a boon for island business," 6 July 2018 The overarching goal is an additional expressway route ultimately between downtown Orlando and Interstate 95, the freeway that follows the state’s east coast between Miami and Jacksonville. Kevin Spear, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Central Florida toll-road operator to approve $678 million expressway across Bithlo, then shelve the plan," 29 June 2018 That’s part of the vision for a major thoroughfare on Detroit’s east side. Detroit Free Press, "Death on foot," 28 June 2018 The deaths are concentrated in hotspots, mostly in the country’s east. National Geographic, "Can Bees Help Save Elephants From Train Strikes?," 20 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 All eyes will then turn toward the east coast of China, where Maria will probably make landfall as a powerful Category 2 or 3 storm early Wednesday morning (local time). Greg Porter, Washington Post, "Typhoon Maria, lashing Taiwan with strong winds and heavy rain, is headed for China’s east coast," 10 July 2018 Dorcette is a testament to the work that Orndoff, co-owner of Blue Lion, has put in over the past 11 years to grow the sport of lacrosse in Kansas City — a sport that is typically dominated by players and teams from the east coast. Shaun Goodwin, kansascity, "Blue Lion KC trying to break economic boundaries as it grows lacrosse in Kansas City," 6 July 2018 When Hurricane Floyd ravaged the east coast that year, one community certified that all of its buildings were no more than 49 percent damaged. Mark Collette, Houston Chronicle, "Flood insurance problem ignored for decades," 5 July 2018 Later this month Nequient head to the east coast for a ten-day tour. Leor Galil, Chicago Reader, "Chicago neck breakers Nequient hit the road behind their scorching debut full-length," 3 July 2018 For the east coast that means the deals stop at 2:59 a.m. on Wednesday, July 18. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Amazon Prime Day 2018: Everything you need to know about Amazon's shopping extravaganza," 2 July 2018 The entire building fell in on itself, with the slumping east side of the structure pulling down the west side in a diagonal collapse. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Debunking the 9/11 Myths: Special Report - The World Trade Center," 10 Sep. 2018 The Lower East Side service will run from Long Island City to Pier 11, with stops along Manhattan’s east side at 34th Street, Stuyvesant Cove and Corlears Hook. Paul Berger, WSJ, "NYC Launches Bronx-Manhattan Ferry Service," 15 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

An alarm sounded shortly before 2:30 p.m., minutes after the avalanche hit the slope at Crans-Montana, which is located 180 milometers (114 miles) east of Geneva, resort operator CMA said. Jamey Keaten, The Seattle Times, "Avalanche hits skiers at Swiss resort; 4 rescued so far," 19 Feb. 2019 The incident took place in Hjeltefjorden, east of the Norwegian city of Bergen. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Norwegian Frigate Intentionally Run Aground After Collision," 8 Nov. 2018 Located east of Pensacola in the Florida Panhandle, Santa Rosa County is currently under a hurricane warning, says The Weather Channel. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "The Weather Channel's Jim Cantore 'Banned' From One Florida County Ahead of Hurricane Michael," 9 Oct. 2018 Location: New Hamton, New Jersey Price: $344,900 On the market for the first time in 35 years, this three-bedroom, two-bath clapboard frame house one hour east of Newark, New Jersey, is packed full of historic charm. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Cozy historic cottage with beamed ceilings asks $344K," 20 Sep. 2018 LoanMart Field, previously known as the Epicenter, is a three-mile drive east of Interstate 10. Howard Cole, latimes.com, "Take me out to a Quakes game on a weekend escape to Rancho Cucamonga," 12 July 2018 The shooting happened on Pineview Drive — east of the Oviedo Sports Complex and north of State Road 419 — around 9 p.m., the report states. The Web Staff, OrlandoSentinel.com, "2 injured after shots fired at people sitting on porch in Oviedo: report," 12 July 2018 One of the witnesses to take the stand Wednesday was a 54-year-old hitchhiker who said a man stopped to pick her up on Santa Fe Drive, east of Interstate 5. Teri Figueroa, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Accusers fail to identify Winslow II in court," 11 July 2018 The Dollar Ridge Fire overtook 52,068 acres in Duchesne County, east of Provo, according to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group. Gal Tziperman Lotan, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland firefighters battling Utah wildfire," 9 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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The first known use of east was before the 12th century

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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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