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 East Carbon, population 1,500, is about 23 miles east of Price in Carbon County, about 140 miles southeast of Salt Lake City. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, "11-year-old Utah girl killed in house fire," 29 Mar. 2021 The National Hurricane Center said the storm was about 80 miles east-northeast of Birmingham, Alabama and 65 miles west-northwest of Atlanta Thursday morning with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph. CBS News, "Tropical Storm Zeta racing along after slamming into Louisiana as powerful Category 2 hurricane," 29 Oct. 2020 Apache Junction is about 36 miles east of downtown Phoenix. Dom Calicchio, Fox News, "Arizona police officer, suspect both wounded in parking lot shootout: report," 17 Mar. 2021 Gleeson is 15 miles east of Tombstone on Gleeson Road. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona ghost-town road trip: 5 former boomtowns worth the drive. Here's how to see them," 17 Mar. 2021 The hole in the fence was about 30 miles east of the scene of the deadly crash. Morgan Winsor, ABC News, "California authorities identify those injured in deadly crash near US-Mexico border," 5 Mar. 2021 The opening in the fence was about 30 miles east of the crash in the heart of California’s Imperial Valley, a major farming region. Rafael Carranza, USA TODAY, "Victims in the deadly California crash were from Mexico, Guatemala. Officials suspect they entered the US illegally: latest updates," 4 Mar. 2021 The opening in the fence was about 30 miles east of the crash in the heart of California's Imperial Valley, a major farming region. CBS News, "13 people killed in California SUV crash came through hole in border fence," 3 Mar. 2021 The developers also agree to furnish 196 parking spaces and, in a key part of the agreement, a 100-car lot to be built on what is now undeveloped land just east of the building. cleveland, "Beachwood Council approves development agreement for 3800 Park East apartment, co-worker space development," 2 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Brooks said in his North Alabama district, there is a clamoring for an east-west interstate traversing Alabama that would link Georgia to Mississippi. al, "Mo Brooks calls I-10 project ‘sticky wicket’; generally opposes tolls on anything," 3 Apr. 2021 From the late 1800s to the 1930s, streetcars were the primary mode of travel within Minneapolis and St. Paul, but also east to Stillwater, Bayport and White Bear Lake and west to Lake Minnetonka. Katy Read, Star Tribune, "Where did suburban streetcar lines run and why were they removed?," 2 Apr. 2021 Soon after taking office in January 2017, Greenberg re-designed and modernized the Tax Collector’s website and opened a new branch office in Winter Springs for rural residents in east Seminole. Martin E. Comas, orlandosentinel.com, "As Joel Greenberg’s star rose, Matt Gaetz became a vocal ally. Now sex trafficking probes take aim at both," 1 Apr. 2021 The east lanes are closed between exits 11-13, and the west lanes are closed between exits 14 and 11, according to the state Department of Transportation. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Rig rollover shuts down I-84 in both directions in Newtown," 30 Mar. 2021 The conference’s tournament run has revived familiar gripes that the sports and media powers in the east misjudge the strength of play in the West because the games start too late. Laine Higgins, WSJ, "While You Were Sleeping, the Pac-12 Prepared to Dominate March Madness," 29 Mar. 2021 Union Bank is keeping the east half of the site as a parking lot, though there has been some scuttlebutt around the Village that the lot may be turned into other kinds of development, which could include a pocket park. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Downtown La Mesa rebounding with Union Bank rebuild," 28 Mar. 2021 As this system progresses east from Boston, Massachusetts, to northern Alabama, rain totals up to 3 inches will be possible through Monday morning. ABC News, "Severe weather brings major flash flooding, tornadoes South as threat moves east," 28 Mar. 2021 The National Weather Service’s Medford office, which covers Northern California, started issuing warnings on Thursday Sept. 3 about the possibility of significant east winds and a heatwave on Labor Day. oregonlive, "Other utilities cut power to reduce Labor Day fire risks. Pacific Power did not. Now it may face the consequences," 28 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The block watch varies its route through Chinatown but usually does a loop beginning and ending on Mott Street, often turning east to walk along Grand Street before heading south and crossing under the Manhattan Bridge. Eveline Chao, Curbed, "The Chinatown Block Watch, One Year Later," 1 Apr. 2021 Crew members can stare east at Asia or west at Africa or north at the freighter ahead of them taking the same narrow shortcut between the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Washington Post, "Inside the 144-hour scramble to free the giant ship stuck in the Suez Canal," 31 Mar. 2021 Deng Wen Zheng, 49, was driving a 2019 Ford Transit van east on Werk Road when a bicyclist riding on the sidewalk suddenly entered the roadway, police said in an earlier Enquirer story. Chris Mayhew, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati police ID bicyclist killed in Westwood crash," 31 Mar. 2021 Vincent Russo, 73, was riding his motorcycle when Kraft’s blue four-door Jaguar struck him as the two vehicles traveled east on State Road 46 in Sanford, near Summerlin Avenue, police said. Grace Toohey, orlandosentinel.com, "Driver hit motorcyclist, fled, then returned to crash scene and hit good Samaritan, Sanford cops say," 30 Mar. 2021 The survey team also looked at damage along Highway 69 just east-northeast of Fairview, the weather service said. Leigh Morgan, al, "One tornado confirmed from Sunday storms in north Alabama," 30 Mar. 2021 The tower would have a parking structure beneath the new park and a wide-corridor walkway running east to west from Main Street. The Salt Lake Tribune, "With plans for a new downtown park, city moves closer to giving derelict Utah Theater to developers for demolition," 27 Mar. 2021 The storms will shift east into Southeastern and the mid-Atlantic states Sunday, according to AccuWeather, and another round of rain is forecast for the South early next week. Kaanita Iyer, USA TODAY, "Southern states brace for another round of severe weather, including tornadoes," 27 Mar. 2021 The blockage is costing $400 million an hour in trade, according to Lloyd’s, which tracks global shipping, and that swells to $5.1 billion a day for the canal’s westbound traffic and $4.5 billion for goods going east. John T. Bennett, Washington Examiner, "Biden administration offers US help to free massive cargo ship stuck in Suez Canal," 26 Mar. 2021

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

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“East.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/east. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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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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