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

The main living and entertaining floor has walls of glass looking west to the Hudson River, south to the World Trade Center and Statue of Liberty, east to Greenwich Village and north to Midtown. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "New York Triplex Owned by Martha Stewart’s Daughter Lists for $53 Million," 21 Feb. 2019 This would force the U.S. to fund a number of expensive upgrades to its air defense network, which has always assumed an air attack would come from the north, west, or east, but not the south. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Conducts a New Test of its Nuclear-Powered Cruise Missile," 6 Feb. 2019 Henry read the warning just after 5 a.m. on the West Coast, and already, campuses 3,000 miles east were stationing police officers outside shuttered doors. John Woodrow Cox, The Seattle Times, "Numerous school lockdowns are traumatizing the nation’s children," 26 Dec. 2018 That area is essentially a large box from south of Florida and north of South America, stretching all the way east to Africa. Seth Borenstein, Fox News, "Warm waters boosted 2017's major hurricane tally, study says," 27 Sep. 2018 On July 28, the 2018 craft show will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Walmart east parking lot. Ginger Brashinger, Daily Southtown, "Proud American Days to close out July with food, fun and entertainment," 11 July 2018 The country was once a major hub for manufacturing, but much of it has moved east to Asia (aside from the leather industry—and, without fail, the leather jackets and dresses in the Madrid shows were faultless). Emily Farra, Vogue, "The Best Fashion in Madrid Isn’t Only on the Runway," 5 Feb. 2019 The threat will move east along a cold front from the Upper Mississippi Valley into the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley. Janice Dean, Fox News, "Severe storms move east, heavy rain and flood threat for the Southern Plains and First Day of Fall arrives tomorrow!," 21 Sep. 2018 After Florence makes landfall, that ridge, now over Washington and New York, will move east — but be replaced by another one forming over the Great Lakes that will likely keep the storm stuck, McNoldy said. Seth Borenstein, The Seattle Times, "What scares experts about Hurricane Florence," 11 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The entire building fell in on itself, with the slumping east side of the structure pulling down the west side in a diagonal collapse. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Debunking the 9/11 Myths: Special Report - The World Trade Center," 10 Sep. 2018 The Lower East Side service will run from Long Island City to Pier 11, with stops along Manhattan’s east side at 34th Street, Stuyvesant Cove and Corlears Hook. Paul Berger, WSJ, "NYC Launches Bronx-Manhattan Ferry Service," 15 Aug. 2018 For now, Yosemite Valley, Wawona, and Mariposa Grove—all on the west side of the park—are closed until further notice, leaving just one entrance to the park, Tioga Pass on the east side, open for visitors. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Yosemite Valley Is Closed Indefinitely, Due to Wildfires," 7 Aug. 2018 In 2019, big cities are making a comeback–and Nashville is the happy medium between the gentlemanly ease of the south and the bustle of the east coast. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 19 Best Places to Travel in 2019," 10 Jan. 2019 After wreaking havoc on the Midwest, winter storm Bruce is making its way to the east coast. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Winter Storm Bruce Is Heading to the Northeast After Pounding the Midwest," 26 Nov. 2018 Back on the east coast on Friday, about 9,100 tickets were purchased a minute in Maryland in a two hour window ahead of the drawing, state lottery officials said. Alex Horton, The Seattle Times, "So many people are buying Mega Millions tickets that unique number combinations are shrinking," 23 Oct. 2018 Bolton also took aim at Palestinian efforts to press war crime charges against Israel for its policies in the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza. Matthew Lee, Fox News, "US relationship with international court crashes under Trump," 10 Sep. 2018 With hurricanes bearing down on the east coast and gulf states, and tornadoes and floods pummeling the south and midwest, people have power outages on their minds. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "Home Generator 101: How to Power on When the Power Goes Out," 10 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Photo: Getty The demise of Amazon’s proposed $2.5 billion campus in Long Island City could have its first fallout to the east, on Long Island. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "Amazon’s Exit Could Have Repercussions on Long Island," 18 Feb. 2019 The contemporary houses at Borneo-Sporenburg, to the east of the city center, provide a stunning counterpoint to those of the historic canal belt. Steve King, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why We Keep Going Back to Amsterdam," 24 Dec. 2018 So refer to our handy 2018 Fall Foliage Map to find when the brightest leaves will pop up in your region, then fill up the tank for one of the below drives (organized from west to east) the family won't forget. Juliet Izon, Woman's Day, "The 12 Most Scenic Drives in the Country to Add to Your Bucket List ASAP," 4 Dec. 2018 The island benefits from large clear expanses of ocean to the north and south for polar orbits, as well as to the east for low earth orbits up to 500km. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: SpaceX doubles up, European resistance, condensed Kármán," 27 July 2018 For years, Fulton Avenue, four blocks to the east of North Payson, had divided white Baltimore from black Baltimore. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "Collapse: The rise and deadly fall of a Baltimore rowhouse," 12 July 2018 As the Canadian-source high pressure gradually moves off to the east, winds will come around to the south Thursday, initiating the beginning of a warmup that will extend into the first part of next week. Tom Skilling, chicagotribune.com, "One of warmest summers to get a little warmer," 11 July 2018 That would sit directly to the east of the first building on what's now a surface parking lot. Allison Kite, kansascity, "Patient demand drives $70 million expansion on Hospital Hill," 11 July 2018 On Monday night, thunderstorms over the desert to the east of the county collapsed, sending the remaining clouds over San Diego County. Robert Krier, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Steamy weather might include thunderstorms," 10 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 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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