\ 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 Initial reports indicate a female passenger in an SUV that was traveling east on I-64 got into an argument with the driver. Mike Trautmann, The Courier-Journal, "Woman killed while running across Interstate 64 eastbound," 1 Jan. 2020 The march will start at Southwest Park Avenue and Salmon Street, travel east on Salmon to Southwest Third Avenue and end at Terry Shrunk Plaza. oregonlive, "Portland metro Friday Traffic: Planned march closes some downtown streets around noon," 6 Dec. 2019 Hope Balser, 22 of Avon, Ohio, was driving her 2017 Jeep west on Osecola Parkway while Jose Figueroa Rivera, 50 of Saint Cloud was travelling east in a dump truck carrying sand, Montes said. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "Crash with dump truck leaves 1 dead, another injured in Osceola," 2 Dec. 2019 The festival continues into Saturday, Dec. 7 for the city’s 38th annual Hometown Christmas Parade , which will start at 6 p.m. The parade route begins at Old Alvin Road and will travel east along Broadway, ending at Pearland Parkway. Carissa D. Lamkahouan, Houston Chronicle, "Northern Brazoria County brimming with holiday events," 27 Nov. 2019 Flores, who was under the influence of marijuana and alcohol, continued traveling east after the collision and drove approximately 415 feet, before the vehicle overturned, the Sheriff's Office said. Christopher Roth, azcentral, "Fugitive sought in 2006 bike fatality near Mesa arrested in Mexico," 25 Nov. 2019 This time, Macron traveled east, bringing with him an ambitious agenda that includes establishing a joint stance on reforming the World Trade Organization, fighting climate change, and saving the nuclear accord with Iran. BostonGlobe.com, "President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to China this week was a glaring new sign of the United States’ declining global influence under President Trump. One moment spoke volumes: Chinese President Xi Jinping sampling French wines, which Trump’s administration recently slapped with heavy new tariffs.," 7 Nov. 2019 According to the Batavia Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Turner was traveling east on Cedarville Road when his motorcycle went off the roadway at the intersection of Ohio 727. The Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Clermont County man killed in motorcycle crash," 29 Oct. 2019 The shuttered Fort Lauderdale site, at 1025 N. Federal Highway, was difficult to access for cars traveling east/northbound on Federal Highway and not easy for southbound traffic, around a sharp turn with heavy traffic. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Fat Boyz BBQ shuffle: One Fort Lauderdale site closes, another to open Nov. 5," 28 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Most of the area's amenities lie on the west side of the creek, while dozens of houses are on the east side. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "After fatal flood, Ducey asks federal government for Tonto Creek bridge funding," 8 Jan. 2020 Watch for the parking lot and trail head on the east side of the highway. John Meyer, The Know, "Beautiful (and easy) backcountry skiing trails near Denver," 24 Dec. 2019 In just two months, Ironbound has powered his way down the east coast, pinging off the coast of Massachusetts on October 8 and then venturing down to Florida, pinging again off the coast of Jacksonville on December 4. Elizabeth Wolfe And Brian Ries, CNN, "A shark-tracking app showed 6 great whites off Florida's coast. Experts say 'tis the season," 11 Dec. 2019 Christina most recently served as senior vice president and head of east coast A&R at Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Lilly Pace, Billboard, "Warner Chappell Names Rich Christina Senior VP A&R," 5 Dec. 2019 In 2016 and 2017, a series of extreme heat waves killed half of the coral reefs that line Australia’s sweeping east coast. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Way to Save Dying Coral Reefs: Bring Out the Loudspeakers," 2 Dec. 2019 While the east coast continues to be spared, red tide tide bled partially into Florida’s Panhandle, where it was observed in background concentrations in one testing site between Escambia and Bay counties. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "Red tide grew drastically along Florida’s west coast in less than a month," 18 Nov. 2019 The town of Elche is situated on Spain’s south east coast near Alicante. SI.com, "Man Utd Star David de Gea Enters Talks to Buy Second Tier Spanish Club Elche," 3 Oct. 2019 Carolyn enjoyed summer family vacations at various east-coast beaches, as well as camping throughout the United States. courant.com, "Carolyn R. Jones," 26 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun All the while, the Soviet steamroller was advancing inexorably from the east. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Myths of war fog its economic costs," 29 Dec. 2019 Each family member took turns to stir the puddings using wooden spoons, with tradition promising good luck to those that stir from east to west in honor of the Wise Men. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince George Makes Christmas Puddings with Prince William, Prince Charles, and the Queen," 21 Dec. 2019 At 50 feet, water covers low areas of Kellogg Avenue from east of Delta Avenue upstream to near Coney Island and Belterra Park, with outbuildings at Coney Island flooded as well as PNC Pavilion, according to the National Weather Service. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Yes, the Ohio River is a bit high, but not in minor flood stage," 20 Dec. 2019 Assistance given to another agency: Usher Road A caller told police about gunfire sounds coming from east of the Ohio Turnpike around 1:30 p.m. Dec. 15. Joseph Clark, cleveland, "Police investigate nighttime argument: Olmsted Falls Police Blotter," 19 Dec. 2019 From the east, Exit 4 (Highland Street) provides similar parking opportunities. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Everything you need to know about the Manchester Road Race: Parking, bathrooms, the best spectator spots and the costume contest," 25 Nov. 2019 Sea ice is creeping toward the city from the east in the Beaufort Sea, but to find sea ice in the Chukchi, the Sikuliaq would have to head northwest for about 200 miles (322 kilometers). Dan Joling, chicagotribune.com, "Warm ocean water delays sea ice for Alaska towns, wildlife," 21 Nov. 2019 Sea ice is creeping toward the city from the east in the Beaufort Sea, but to find sea ice in the Chukchi, the Sikuliaq would have to head northwest for about 200 miles. Dan Joling, Anchorage Daily News, "Arctic in hot water: November sea ice remains minimal in the Chukchi and Bering seas," 19 Nov. 2019 Then, during the first decade of this century, more than 90 percent of Zakouma’s elephant population was butchered, mostly by Sudanese horsemen riding in from the east on paramilitary raids for ivory. David Quammen, National Geographic, "To save wildlife, African governments turn to private management," 12 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of east was before the 12th century

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11 Jan 2020

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“East.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/east. Accessed 18 January 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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