west

adverb
\ ˈwest How to pronounce west (audio) \

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 How to pronounce West (audio) \

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

After the store party, Dobrzanska Reeves and her husband, Nathaniel, the company’s CFO, strolled a few blocks west to La Mercerie to continue the celebration with their closest friends in the industry. Anny Choi, Vogue, "Marysia’s New Soho Store Tides Us Over Until Summer Arrives," 5 Apr. 2019 This season sees the group head west from former hub Atlanta and settle in Kansas City, Missouri. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know About Queer Eye Season 3," 4 Mar. 2019 Literary heavyweights—including F. Scott Fitzgerald and Dorothy Parker—were lured west by hefty studio paychecks. Lesley M.m. Blume, Town & Country, "Inside Frank Gehry's Overhaul of Garden of Allah, L.A.’s Most Infamous Corner," 25 Feb. 2019 Maddox Ritch’s body was located across the street from Rankin Lake Park, about 20 miles west of Charlotte and where his father, Ian Ritch, reported him missing on Saturday. Fox News, "Body believed to be missing North Carolina boy with autism found, FBI says," 27 Sep. 2018 Pedernales Falls State Park: Located 30 miles west of Austin, the park (5,200 acres east of Johnson City) is set on the banks of the Pedernales River. Jerry Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "State parks abound in the San Antonio area," 11 June 2018 The highlight of the trail is the scenic train trestle located about four miles west of Fanning Springs State Park on the route to Cross City. Bonnie Gross, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Explore Florida's Gilchrist County: Nature Coast trail offers up slice of North Florida," 6 May 2018 A few miles west of us, Wainiha received 32.35 inches in 24 hours. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Adventures in the shadow of nature’s greatest powers," 29 Apr. 2018 The sea ice in March never extended to St. Matthew Island, more than 300 miles west of Bethel in the Bering Sea. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Nothing even comes close’: Western Alaska sea ice at lowest extent since 1850, database indicates," 12 Apr. 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 Those outages meant the water provider on Maui's west side was unable to pump, so officials at the Maui Electric utility urged conservation — particularly important because firefighters need supplies to put out the remaining flames. Fox News, "Storm drifts away from Hawaii after 'almost biblical' rains," 26 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 2016, the city shrank the program’s boundaries to 5.2 square miles, concentrated on the near east and west sides, Southtown, and the Pearl, after complaints the program was fueling gentrification. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "San Antonio, the nation’s fastest-growing city, sees downtown rebound," 23 Oct. 2018 More than 70 years on from that historic day, the Queen’s sample wedding shoes are among 10,000 items tucked away in the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection at Hampton Court Palace, south west of central London. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Inside the Archive That Houses 500 Years of Royal Family Fashion," 17 Feb. 2019 China has come under increasing scrutiny for the camps, which hold an estimated 1 million minority Muslims in its far west Xinjiang region. Yanan Wang, The Seattle Times, "Uighurs to China: Post a video of my missing relatives, too," 12 Feb. 2019 Butler based her complaint on information released when First Lady Melania Trump visited a west Phoenix Southwest Key facility last month. Pamela Ren Larson, azcentral, "What we know about efforts to reunite migrant children with their parents," 11 July 2018 The rural area near the California border is in Mosley's district and more than 150 miles west of the state capital in Phoenix. CBS News, "Arizona state lawmaker pulled over for speeding tells deputy on video he sometimes drives 140 mph," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Shout has been running quietly for a year now with the young royals’ support, including a secret visit from Harry and Meghan to a west London volunteer event in November. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle, Prince William, and Prince Harry Team Up to Launch Shout, a Crisis Text Line," 9 May 2019 Winnetka—with about 12,200 residents and a median household income of $216,875, according to census data—is bordered by Lake Michigan to the east and the 894-acre Skokie Lagoons nature preserve to the west. Jessica Flint, WSJ, "Winnetka Is An Expensive Slice of Americana," 14 Mar. 2019 Airlines make good use of the Jet Stream, a current of air that flows east to west and can help ferry a plane at higher speeds without burning excess fuel. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "A Turkish Airlines Flight Flew an Extra 800 Miles and Still Landed on Time," 23 Oct. 2018 Expanding into vacant space directly to the west, the restaurant will grow to 6,000 square feet and also will offer seasonal outdoor dining, the company said. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "Lou Malnati's in Tinley Park expanding," 13 July 2018 Architect Kelly Schomer in board documents said the bid accepted includes four design alternates, including a bid alternate to expand the facility by another 4,000 square feet to the west. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "West Aurora OKs nearly $3.9 million bid for construction of career development center," 11 July 2018 That light industrial park has since then been expanded to the west. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Here's what you might not know about Corktown's history," 9 July 2018 Northbound and southbound traffic will be shifted to the west. Kari Barnett, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Bridge replacement affects Sandalfoot Boulevard in West Boca," 6 July 2018 Central Europe has benefited greatly from integration with countries to the west. The Economist, "Central Europe’s Goldilocks economies," 5 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 3)

: to or toward the west

west

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of west (Entry 2 of 3)

: located in or toward the west
: coming from the west

west

noun

English Language Learners Definition of west (Entry 3 of 3)

: the direction where the sun sets : the direction that is the opposite of east
: the western part of the U.S.
: North America and Western Europe

west

adverb
\ ˈwest How to pronounce west (audio) \

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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