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

Pyongyang test-fired a pair of short-range missiles Thursday that soared to a height of 50 kilometers (about 31 miles) before landing in the sea off the country’s east coast. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "North Korea’s New Weapon Likely to Better Evade Missile Defense," 10 May 2019 The powerhouse storm may threaten China’s east coast early next week. Greg Porter, Washington Post, "Maria explodes into super typhoon in the western Pacific and may hit China next week," 6 July 2018 The ship-tracking site Maritimetraffic.com currently has the Seabed Constructor located approximately 240 miles east of the Gulf de Jorge in the South Atlantic Ocean. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Drones Are Looking for the Lost Sub That Disappeared One Year Ago," 16 Nov. 2018 The crowds formed in the village’s downtown and at about 2 p.m. the pageantry of marchers, old cars and floats started at Central School and moved north on Vernon Avenue before turning east on Park Avenue. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, "Glencoe Fourth of July parade brings back memories for some, creates new ones for others," 10 July 2018 When the driver of a black Chevrolet Suburban, speeding east on Texas 85, lost control in Big Wells, the vehicle rolled several times and many of the passengers were ejected. John Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "Five charged in immigrant smuggling wreck," 19 June 2018 Around 2am, her camera facing east on Dauphin Street, caught a man dressed as a pirate ripping the flag down, trampling it and leaving it on the sidewalk. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Security Camera Catches Man and Woman Folding American Flag Ripped From Pole," 13 June 2018 Northbound traffic on LeSourdsville West Chester Road will detour west on Tylersville Road, north on Ohio 747 and east on Princeton Road to LeSourdsville West Chester Road. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Traffic Update: Construction at Hamilton Mason Road and LeSourdsville West Chester Road intersection," 12 June 2018 Yabut drove the tracked vehicle east on US Route 460 and then north on Interstate 95, followed by a swarm of Virginia State Police vehicles, reaching the M557's top-end speed of 40mph. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Police follow as guardsman takes personnel carrier on unscheduled deployment [Updated]," 6 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

On Saturday, Category 4 Cyclone Trevor hit a remote part of the Northern Territory coast, about 1,600 kilometers (1,000 miles) to the east of the Pilbara region. Rod Mcguirk, The Seattle Times, "Cyclone lashing northwest Australia weakens," 24 Mar. 2019 Fighting against Islamic State has continued in a small area in northern Syria to the east of the Euphrates River valley. Gordon Lubold, WSJ, "Top U.S. Commander Says Military Has Flexibility to Keep Some Troops in Syria," 15 Feb. 2019 Rankin, just to east of the state capital of Jackson, voted for Donald Trump by 50 points over Hillary Clinton. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The odds are against Mike Espy in a Senate runoff election. But here’s his path to an upset win.," 27 Nov. 2018 So, water going away from the ocean, but anywhere to the east of that still seeing this onshore flow. Fox News, "Rudy Giuliani reacts to Paul Manafort's plea deal," 14 Sep. 2018 And inside Europe, the skeptics today aren’t in Paris but in the former Soviet vassal-states in the east that, despite all their misgivings, still view the U.S. as the only credible guarantor of their survival as independent nations. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, "Is Europe Ready to Defend Itself?," 4 Jan. 2019 Toskas said over half of buildings in the Mati area, 30 kilometers (19 miles) east of Athens, were constructed without permits, while beaches were fenced off, obstructing people fleeing the flames from reaching the water. Costas Kantouris And Menelaos Hadjicostis, Fox News, "Burials of Greece's wildfire victims begin," 28 July 2018 The southern one extends from Somalia and Kenya in the east through Nigeria and Niger and on to Mali, Burkina Faso and Senegal in the west (see map). The Economist, "The fight against Islamic State is moving to Africa," 14 July 2018 The road would connect to a massive new port in the east at Amakdedori Beach. Christopher Solomon, Outside Online, "Op-Ed: Alaska’s Pebble Mine Somehow Just Got Worse," 11 June 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 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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