\ 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 Anderson is a graduate of Brainerd High School and was born in Crosby, a few miles east on Hwy. Phil Miller, Star Tribune, "Minnesotan wins a World Series game. How long has it been?," 22 Oct. 2020 For more than a year, Twin Pines Minerals pursued a permit under the federal Clean Water Act to mine less than 4 miles from the home of the largest U.S. wildlife refuge east of the Mississippi River. orlandosentinel.com, "Trump environmental rollback spurs mining near Okefenokee Swamp close to Florida-Georgia line," 21 Oct. 2020 Scientists theorize that travelers may have brought the sport east from Central Asia over time. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "These Hair-Filled Leather Pouches Are the Oldest Balls Found in Eurasia," 21 Oct. 2020 Harrisonburg city spokesman Mike Parks said several people called 911 to report hearing an explosion around 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning at a strip mall on Miller Circle, just a few blocks east of the James Madison University campus. Washington Post, "Explosion in Harrisonburg, Va. leaves three injured," 17 Oct. 2020 About 60% of the world’s cobalt is found in Congo, scattered across the copperbelt that stretches east into Zambia. The Economist, "In Congo the little guys are jailed for stealing minerals," 17 Oct. 2020 He was last seen driving it east on Washington Street. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "70-year-old dragged out of vehicle in Hillcrest carjacking," 16 Oct. 2020 To better understand the region’s climatic history, Xi’an Jiaotong University geochemist Hai Cheng and graduate student Hangling Li turned to the caves of Rodrigues—a small, remote island 1600 kilometers east of Madagascar. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Double whammy doomed Madagascar’s giant birds and mammals," 16 Oct. 2020 Police found the Mazda on Adair Court, about 500 feet east of Smith. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Parma man faces criminal charges after chasing another driver in Brook Park," 16 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In Marion County, the ballot can be returned to the election office inside the City-County Building or at an east-side office located at 3737 East Washington St. Lawrence Andrea, The Indianapolis Star, "Thursday is your last day to request an absentee-by-mail ballot. Here's how to do it," 22 Oct. 2020 Crab Orchard is on the east side of the county, around 45 miles south of Lexington, and had a population of 841 listed in the 2010 census. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "'OctCOVID Fest,' to the relief of the local health director, is canceled in Central Kentucky," 21 Oct. 2020 Thousands of Detroiters have signed on to work for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles as the company moves toward completion of its new Jeep assembly plant on the city's east side next year. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "4,100 Detroiters hired for Fiat Chrysler jobs as company builds Mack plant," 21 Oct. 2020 The first snow of the season fell overnight Sunday and left a light dusting throughout the Anchorage Bowl, with accumulations of up to 2 inches on the east side of town, meteorologists said. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage sees first snowfall of the season, but winter weather is not expected to last long," 19 Oct. 2020 The city’s oldest craft brewery is being revived and moved to the east side of town. Brooks Johnson, Star Tribune, "Duluth's oldest craft brewery will be revived in a new Lakeside home," 17 Oct. 2020 The 120,000-square-foot Parkwood building is being constructed on the east side of Dallas North Tollway at Parkwood Boulevard and Windhaven Parkway. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "New office building on the way near Dallas Love Field," 14 Oct. 2020 For the east side of the project, commissioners were presented with two ways the park and tree preservation areas could be divided. Stacy Ryburn, Arkansas Online, "Fayetteville Planning Commission splits vote on developed, natural areas of Mud Creek project," 13 Oct. 2020 The Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District said the incident occurred Friday evening near Zephyr Cove, which is on the east side of the lake that straddles the California-Nevada border. CBS News, "Mother falls into Lake Tahoe and drowns; 6 children and man rescued," 12 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Strong winds from the east pushed the fire north along a bike path parallel to Interstate 5, burning power poles, blackberry vines and eventually homes. Erin Patrick O'connor, Washington Post, "12 hours inside Oregon’s Almeda Fire," 20 Oct. 2020 The system is similar to that of Berkeley Unified, where the city is sliced into three areas from east to west, with students assigned to schools in those zones to ensure schools are not segregated racially or economically. Jill Tucker, SFChronicle.com, "S.F. might dump school assignment lottery in favor of a plan meant to integrate classrooms," 16 Oct. 2020 Hurricane conditions are expected to hit from east of High Islands, Texas to Morgan City, Louisiana by Friday afternoon or evening, with tropical storm conditions expected within this area by early Friday. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, "Hurricane Delta live updates: Louisiana, still recovering from Laura, braces for another massive storm," 9 Oct. 2020 As of Friday morning, flames are still burning on the top three floors on the west side of the building, fueled by winds blowing from east to west, said the fire department. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Dozens hospitalized after fire engulfs 33-story apartment building in South Korea," 9 Oct. 2020 Approaching from the east, a succession of circles is silhouetted starkly against the sky on hilltops and outcroppings above the valley. Hugh Raffles, The New York Review of Books, "The Stones of Lewis, Portals in Time," 9 Oct. 2020 Some of the outer rain bands and a few storms from Beta will pinwheel into the area from the east and southeast. Dallas News, "NBC 5 Forecast - A Sun-sational Sunday Ahead!," 20 Sep. 2020 The tropical storm watch stretches from east of Intracoastal City to Morgan City, including Iberia and St. Mary parishes. Staff Report, NOLA.com, "Latest on Tropical Storm Beta: Tropical storm warning issued for part of Louisiana coast; see track," 19 Sep. 2020 Beta promoted a storm surge watch for areas along the Texas and Louisiana coasts, as well as a tropical storm watch from south of Port Aransas, Texas, to the mouth of the Rio Grande, and from east of High Island, Texas, to Morgan City, Louisiana. Sarah Lynch Baldwin, CBS News, "Tropical Storm Beta prompts hurricane watch for parts of Texas," 19 Sep. 2020

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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 30 Oct. 2020.

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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)


\ 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

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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