west

adverb
\ ˈwest \

Definition of west 

(Entry 1 of 7)

: to, toward, or in the west

west

adjective

Definition of west (Entry 2 of 7)

1 : situated toward or at the west the west exit

2 : coming from the west a west wind

west

noun

Definition of west (Entry 3 of 7)

1a : 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

West

biographical name (1)
\ ˈwest \

Definition of West (Entry 4 of 7)

Benjamin 1738–1820 American painter

West

biographical name (2)

Definition of West (Entry 5 of 7)

Nathanael 1903–1940 originally Nathan Wallenstein Weinstein American novelist

West

biographical name (3)

Definition of West (Entry 6 of 7)

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

West

biographical name (4)

Definition of West (Entry 7 of 7)

Thomas — see de la warr

Examples of west in a Sentence

Adverb

They drove west after they got off the highway. They live just west of here.

Adjective

cities on the west coast

Noun

There's a beautiful pond to the west of the trail. We will be traveling into the city from the west. If that way is east, then this way is west. Floods have caused extensive damage in the West. Come explore the natural wonders of the American West. policies foreign to the West
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Winds pushed the flames west into Lake and Napa counties, and authorities significantly increased the area under mandatory evacuations to include a sparsely populated area of rugged terrain from Lake Berryessa to California 89, about 25 miles away. Javier Panzar, latimes.com, "Northern California fire sparked by faulty electric fence," 12 July 2018 The county is a conservative anchor of the Eighth Congressional District, which extends west to more liberal suburbs of Seattle. Kirk Johnson, New York Times, "Solar Plan Collides With Farm Tradition in Pacific Northwest," 11 July 2018 Looking west around the same time, Venus and Mercury will be setting after the sun. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "Clear skies, new moon will be good for stargazing Thursday. Here’s what you could see.," 11 July 2018 But as food wholesaling businesses fan out from the area just west of the Kennedy Expressway, a tightly concentrated ecosystem that once supplied many of the city’s restaurants is now mostly gone. Ryan Ori, chicagotribune.com, "In exodus from Fulton Market, surviving meatpackers scatter and adapt," 13 July 2018 Will keeps their homesteading all but invisible in Forest Park, a nature preserve in the mountains just west of Portland, Oregon. Colin Covert, Detroit Free Press, "‘Leave No Trace’ is a moving father-daughter story," 12 July 2018 The aquatics center was built in 1965 just west of it, on a spit of land jutting into the Intracoastal Waterway. Brittany Wallman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Fort Lauderdale aquatics complex up for $27 million renovation," 10 July 2018 The is a Chicago location in the River East neighborhood just west of Navy Pier as well as one New York store and two Iowa locations. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "Molly's Cupcakes coming to downtown Naperville," 10 July 2018 The city also plans to build a new dog park on a 3.7-acre basin just west of the bike park site. Sven Berg, idahostatesman, "Locals want input on Boise's bike park plan. The City Council could decide soon.," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The trailhead is on the west side of Skyline, across the road from Vista Point (overlooks Stanford and the South Bay). Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "’Tis the season for ‘Dancing with Fog’," 12 July 2018 They can be purchased at the Athletic Ticket Office on the west side of Albertsons Stadium, via phone at 208-426-4737, or online. ... Dave Southorn, idahostatesman, "Ex-Boise State linebacker heads to College of Idaho after ending baseball career," 10 July 2018 Dawson signed for the Baggies back in August 2010, helping the west Midlands side reach the Premier League in 2011 under manager Roberto Di Matteo and scoring 12 goals for the club. SI.com, "West Brom Defender Craig Dawson Hands in Transfer Request Amid Interest from Premier League Clubs," 5 July 2018 Bittercube, the bitters-making company and cocktail consultant, will move from the south side to the west side of Milwaukee to increase its production space and open a bar and a store. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bittercube, moving to the west side, will gain a bar, store and bigger production area," 27 June 2018 The project, named the Schmidt Family Complex for Academic & Athletic Excellence, will move the sports teams’ headquarters to the west side of FAU Stadium. Shandel Richardson, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Florida Atlantic's $40-million athletic facility expected ready in 2019," 27 June 2018 The professional engineering services agreement with TEDSI Infrastructure Group Inc. is not to exceed $798,655.98 for the Grand Parkway segment on the west side of Texas 99 from Cinco Ranch Boulevard to Westheimer Parkway. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Precinct 3 to upgrade Katy-area roads," 26 June 2018 Police are investigating a double shooting on the west side of Indianapolis that killed one 19-year-old and critically injured another Tuesday, Fox59 reports. Indianapolis Star, "1 dead, 1 injured in west-side shootings," 26 June 2018 To build the tall tower at 19 Dutch, the developers assembled air rights from nine parcels on the block, on the west side of Dutch Street. Josh Barbanel, WSJ, "Developers of a Forgotten New York Alley Leverage History in Residential Influx," 13 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Our home faced west and the porch would bake as the sun moved across the sky. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "Remembering Baltimore's magical glow from gaslights on a summer night," 14 July 2018 The southern one extends from Somalia and Kenya in the east through Nigeria and Niger and on to Mali, Burkina Faso and Senegal in the west (see map). The Economist, "The fight against Islamic State is moving to Africa," 14 July 2018 From Montenegro and Serbia in the east and Slovenia in the west, Croatia’s neighbors have been split over whether to support Croatia or France, reflecting the persisting rifts stemming from the 1990s conflict. Washington Post, "Mixed emotions in Balkans over Croatia’s World Cup success," 13 July 2018 From Montenegro and Serbia in the east and Slovenia in the west, Croatia's neighbors have been split over whether to support Croatia or France, reflecting the persisting rifts stemming from the 1990s conflict. Jovana Gec, Fox News, "Mixed emotions in Balkans over Croatia's World Cup success," 13 July 2018 An arrest does not constitute a finding of guilt. Burglary Four burglaries to unlocked automobiles occurred overnight July 9 and July 10 in west Wilmette. Kathy Routliffe, chicagotribune.com, "Wilmette police blotter: Man charged with cocaine possession at Gillson Beach," 13 July 2018 Facing west, the admirers watched as the bright yellow sun, with its orange corona and outlying circles of ambers and blues, dipped beneath the horizon, turning the placid water that mirrored the heavenly body, to darkness. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "People gather at waterfronts to watch the sun set on the Southland," 11 July 2018 In the west of Belgium, near the French border, the A19 motorway ends in a four-lane, unfinished overpass. Nick Stockton, WIRED, "Laser-Shooting Planes Uncover the Horror and Humanity of World War I," 9 July 2018 And Vida’s performances for his country have caught the attention from clubs in the north west with Everton also reportedly interested. SI.com, "Liverpool Reportedly Set to Make an Offer for Dejan Lovren's Croatian Teammate," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of west

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 west

Adverb

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

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of west

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to or toward the west

west

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of west (Entry 2 of 2)

: located in or toward the west

: coming from the west

west

adverb
\ ˈwest \

Kids Definition of west

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

west

adjective

Kids Definition of west (Entry 2 of 3)

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

west

noun

Kids Definition of west (Entry 3 of 3)

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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