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

Farther east, winds mangled an aluminum-sided warehouse, which collapsed. Stephen Hudak, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Tavares twister 'nightmarish' for restaurateur but tame in the scheme of things," 5 July 2018 As the scorcher expands east, New York will bake this weekend and so will Vermont up to the border with Canada. Dean Reynolds, CBS News, "Dangerous heat wave hitting U.S. over Fourth of July weekend," 29 June 2018 And hopes for a longer run this go around were diminished by a lackluster performance Wednesday at this host city just east of the Ural Mountains. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Germany Eliminated From World Cup as Sweden, Mexico Advance," 27 June 2018 The crescent is mostly low-income neighborhoods east, north and west of uptown, while the wedge is an area of mostly wealthy neighborhoods south of uptown, bordered by South Boulevard and Independence Boulevard. Steve Harrison And Gavin Off, charlotteobserver, "Residents say a death 'has to happen for the city to make changes.' They may be right.," 19 June 2018 The first incident happened just after Thanksgiving at Safari Kid, a preschool and daycare in Union City east of San Francisco Bay. Jared Gilmour, sacbee, "She tried lighting a Molotov cocktail — next to a California preschool, video shows," 14 June 2018 Privacy - Terms The history of the burger in America dates back to the late 1800s, when ground-steak sandwiches (sans cheese) starting popping up at diners and lunch carts in cities east of the Mississippi River. James Patrick Kelly, idahostatesman, "It’s all about charbroiled goodness at The Habit Burger Grill," 8 June 2018 Lovelace said Lovelace is a software developer who has been camping in Detroit, about 50 miles east of Salem, for about three weeks. Everton Bailey Jr., OregonLive.com, "Homeless person punched by deputy says 'the whole thing shouldn't have happened,'," 6 June 2018 Temperatures could set records in many cities east of the Rockies. Janice Dean, Fox News, "Severe storms, flooding, heat and Hurricane Season starts today," 1 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 Evidence gathered by South Korea’s military suggests Pyongyang is working on the submarine on its east coast, said Kim Hack-yong, who chaired the legislature’s defense committee until his term ended a few weeks ago. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "North Korea Submarine Development Signals Increased Nuclear Threat," 6 July 2018 This special is valid at all 15 east-coast locations for dine-in only. Madison Roberts, PEOPLE.com, "All the Chain Restaurants Where Dads Can Get Free Food and Deals on Father's Day," 14 June 2018 Spy ship captured In January 1968, North Korean navy boats attacked and captured the USS Pueblo off the North’s east coast. Time, "From Spy Games to Summits, Here Are 10 Historic Moments in U.S.-North Korean Relations," 11 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Gilead, explained Gilead, an area east of the Jordan River, shows up a few times in the Bible. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "What two fictional Gileads can teach us about America in 2018," 12 July 2018 Israel claims that Khan al-Ahmar, east of Jerusalem, was illegally built and has offered to resettle residents seven miles away. Washington Post, "World Digest: July 12, 2018," 12 July 2018 Kentucky’s Rocky Mountain herd now numbers about 11,000, the largest population (pdf) in any state east of the Mississippi. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, "From Defiled to Wild—Can a Spent Coal Mine Be Reborn as a Nature Conservation Center?," 11 July 2018 The neighborhood will connect to Towne Road on the east and Kings Mill subdivision on the south via Jasmine Court. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "University High School sells land south of 116th Street campus to Carmel developer," 11 July 2018 Algae that covers much of Lake Okeechobee has been growing and flowing through canals connecting the freshwater lake to sensitive estuaries on the east and west coasts of the state. Jennifer Kay, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Blue-green algae, red tide soil beaches, threaten Florida tourism," 10 July 2018 Local coffeemaker Philz is in talks to lease two ground-floor locations on the east and west ends of what’s officially known as the Salesforce Transit Center, the transportation facility spanning four blocks in the Transbay district. Roland Li, SFChronicle.com, "Philz Coffee, gym could open in new SF transit center," 9 July 2018 The area being reviewed is bounded by the Fox River to the north, Fox Street to the south, Mill Street to the east and Main Street to the west. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Yorkville aldermen look at plan for enchancing downtown," 6 July 2018 Roughly half of fishing boats off the east and west coasts of Africa do not transmit their location, Greenpeace says. The Economist, "Avast, me hearties," 5 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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