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

Drivers should be aware of a detour for eastbound traffic going south on Ohio 732, east on Stillwell Road and north on Bunker Hill Woods Road to McCoy Road. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Traffic alert: McCoy Road closes Thursday," 10 July 2018 According to some estimates, the typical person’s internal clock shifts about 92 minutes later each day after a westward trip, but just 57 minutes earlier after going east. Emily Sohn, Washington Post, "Time-zone changes can leave people worried about jet lag," 7 July 2018 Western banks are moving back-office jobs east to pleasant, affordable spots such as Krakow. The Economist, "Central Europe’s Goldilocks economies," 5 July 2018 For example, the Route 33 Vliet-Juneau line goes east from Washington Park to King Park to downtown to Juneau Park, with stops in between. Elena Weissmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "All you need to know about the July 3 fireworks in Milwaukee," 29 June 2018 Moving east, the luxurious homes on the Nevada shore of Lake Tahoe put Glenbrook (89413) in fifth place. Michael Kolomatsky, New York Times, "ZIP Codes With the Priciest Homes," 28 June 2018 Getting there: To reach the South Fork trailhead from the Hon-Dah Casino near Pinetop-Lakeside, go 32.8 miles east on State Route 260 to County Road 4124 on the right near mile marker 390. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Arizona hike: Wildlife abounds on the South Fork Trail," 19 June 2018 The 39-year-old motorcycle rider was going south on Tenth as the other driver, a 17-year-old girl, was going east on A. Both are one-way streets. Pauline Repard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Motorcyclist hurt in crash near City College downtown," 15 June 2018 Hernandez-Balderas was one of five people in a 2011 Toyota Corolla going east on Golfview Lane through the Route 25 intersection about noon Saturday when they were struck by a 2005 GMC Yukon, the release said. Staff Report, Elgin Courier-News, "Woman, unborn baby die after Carpentersville car crash," 22 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

That land is part of RMG’s current location at 11600 S. Burley Ave., which includes more than 175 acres along the east side of the Calumet River. Ryan Ori, chicagotribune.com, "General Iron to sell North Side land site, move out in 2020," 13 July 2018 That wasn’t the case east and southeast of here, where storms put on a show. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, "PM Update: Showers end and humidity dwindles as we head into a near-perfect weekend," 6 July 2018 The Palestinians seek the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza – territories captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war. Ilan Ben Zion, USA TODAY, "Jared Kushner rips Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, says Mideast peace plan due ‘soon’," 24 June 2018 Perch, a new 12th-floor cafe/coffee bar/cocktail bar in the new Frost Tower in downtown Fort Worth, has an open-air balcony patio that wraps around a corner, providing some great northwest, east and downtown views. Robert Philpot, star-telegram, "Backyard hangouts, roofs with a view and more: 12 new restaurant patios for 2018 | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 17 May 2018 Parts of east and central Kentucky could see accumulations of about half an inch, said National Weather Service observer Mike Crow. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Inch of snow falls overnight, landing a spot in city's top 10 April snowfalls in history," 7 Apr. 2018 One day, it is hoped, the railway will connect all of east Africa. The Economist, "Loans, trains and automobilesDid Kenya get a loan to build a railway, or vice versa?," 22 Mar. 2018 With Purdue facing a 950-mile trip east and Texas Tech fans traveling double that, there might have been concerns that March Madness wouldn’t fill the seats. Mark Dunphy, BostonGlobe.com, "Here’s a look at the NCAA Tournament court at TD Garden," 21 Mar. 2018 In the second fatal shooting, a man between the ages of 20 and 25 was found dead inside a park at Greiner and Fairport on the east side. Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Police investigate two fatal shootings on city's east side," 14 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war and annexed it to its capital, a move not recognized by most of the international community. Fares Akram, chicagotribune.com, "Israeli troops wound hundreds of Palestinians in latest protest at Gaza border," 8 June 2018 Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war and annexed it in a move not recognized by the international community. Fares Akram Ilan Ben Zion, The Christian Science Monitor, "US embassy opens in Jerusalem as dozens killed in Gaza," 14 May 2018 Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 war and annexed it in a move not recognized internationally. NBC News, "U.S. delegation arrives in Jerusalem ahead of controversial embassy move," 13 May 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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