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west

adverb \ ˈwest \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of west

: to, toward, or in the west

Examples of west in a Sentence

  1. They drove west after they got off the highway.

  2. They live just west of here.

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Origin and Etymology of west

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German westar to the west and probably to Latin vesper evening, Greek hesperos


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west

adjective

Definition of west

1 : situated toward or at the west
  • the west exit
2 : coming from the west
  • a west wind

Examples of west in a Sentence

  1. cities on the west coast

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First Known Use of west

before 12th century


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west

noun

Definition of west

1 a : the general direction of sunset : the direction to the left of one facing north
b : the compass point directly opposite to east
2 capitalized
a : regions or countries lying to the west of a specified or implied point of orientation
b : the noncommunist countries of Europe and America
3 : the end of a church opposite the chancel
4 often capitalized
a : the one of four positions at 90-degree intervals that lies to the west or at the left of a diagram
b : a person (such as a bridge player) occupying this position during a specified activity

Examples of west in a Sentence

  1. There's a beautiful pond to the west of the trail.

  2. We will be traveling into the city from the west.

  3. If that way is east, then this way is west.

  4. Floods have caused extensive damage in the West.

  5. Come explore the natural wonders of the American West.

  6. policies foreign to the West

Recent Examples of west from the Web

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First Known Use of west

13th century


West

biographical name \ ˈwest \

Definition of West

Benjamin 1738–1820 American painter

West

biographical name

Definition of West

Nathanael 1903–1940 originally Nathan Wallenstein Weinstein American novelist

West

biographical name

Definition of West

Dame Rebecca 1892–1983 pseudonym of Cicily Isabel Andrews née Fairfield English critic and novelist

West

biographical name

Definition of West

Thomas — see de la warr


WEST Defined for English Language Learners

west

adverb

Definition of west for English Language Learners

  • : to or toward the west


west

adjective

Definition of west for English Language Learners

  • : located in or toward the west

  • : coming from the west


WEST Defined for Kids

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west

adverb \ ˈwest \

Definition of west for Students

: to or toward the direction of sunset We'll drive west.

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west

adjective

Definition of west for Students

: placed toward, facing, or coming from the direction of sunset
  • the west side of the house

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west

noun

Definition of west for Students

1 : the direction of sunset : the compass point opposite to east
2 capitalized : regions or countries west of a point that is mentioned or understood


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