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

Over the next 3,000 years or so, farming spread north and west across Europe. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Early cheese making may have helped lactose-intolerant farmers spread," 14 Sep. 2018 Some in Europe suspect that Trump is also trying to use the energy issue as a means of prolonging Europe’s dependence on the US – and perhaps even dominating it by aggravating divisions between Europe’s east and west. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, "How strong a Europe does US want? In Trump era, that's still the issue.," 13 July 2018 Relatives and friends may call at the Paul A. Shaker Funeral Home, Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Directions to funeral home I-84 east or west - exit 37 (Fienemann Rd) right off exit one mile down on right. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Edward E. Jones Jr.," 13 July 2018 Nelson, who toured Florida’s east and west coasts last week, sent a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requesting federal assistance to determine health risks associated with the water quality. Victoria Ballard, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Gov. Scott declares state of emergency over algae bloom," 9 July 2018 And Larson has embarked upon a project to explore how the influx of immigrants over the centuries is slowly pulling thenation’s population south and west. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Artists explore American identity in Sondheim Artscape Prize exhibit," 21 June 2018 Through Tonight: The main rain shield has been to our south and west all day, and the heaviest activity should tend to stay south and west into the evening. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, "PM Update: Rain odds increase through the night, and it could be rather wet on Friday," 21 June 2018 Each stop must be for at least 24 hours, and the direction of travel has to be east or west. New York Times, "Two Cities, One Fare: How Airline Stopover Programs Can Work for You," 14 June 2018 The last leg of the journey was hair-raising: a 30-mile-long drive along fearsomely twisty Route 128, which slaloms north and west across a forested mountain pass before dropping into the valley at Boonville. Jody Rosen, Smithsonian, "This Secret Corner of California Is a Paradise for Lovers of Great Food and Top-Notch Wines," 14 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The epicenter was 75 miles (120 kilometers) southwest of Adak in the Andreanof Islands, an island group near the west end of the Aleutians. Fox News, "Strong earthquake rocks remote western Aleutian Islands," 15 Aug. 2018 The shooting occurred in the eastbound lane at the west end of the bridge. Sarah Wu, The Seattle Times, "Driver in Kitsap County shoots at surrounding cars before killing himself," 24 July 2018 The park offers the added benefit of access to the Bugline Recreational Trail, which runs from Appleton Avenue in Menomonee Falls to the west end of North Lake in the town of Merton. Henry J. Morgan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "It's summer; why not take a paddleboard for a spin? They're now available for rent at Menomonee Park, along with bikes and boats," 3 July 2018 The San Diego County Fair ends with a bang with a fireworks show starting around 9 p.m. at the west end of the racetrack. Cynthia Zanone, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Your 2018 guide to an explosive Fourth in San Diego County," 28 June 2018 Expect lane restrictions on Happy Valley Road between 43rd Avenue and the roundabout on the west end of the I-17 interchange. Angela Forburger, azcentral, "Phoenix-area weekend traffic: Closure on I-10 eastbound between 75th and 51st avenues," 22 June 2018 The park, at the west end of popular Waterfront Park, also filters stormwater through a series of ponds, waterfalls and natural vegetation. • Waterfront Park: The two-mile park hugs the shore of Lake Minneola. Michael Candelaria, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Clermont Neighborhood Guide," 21 June 2018 The district plans to install four corner posts marking a 300-by-175-foot section on the west end of the park for use by drone enthusiasts who have the proper certification to fly, Director of Parks Kevin Finnegan said. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Naperville Park District to open a drone flying park in October," 19 June 2018 The setup Sunday was a large traditional stage at the west end of the arena and a smaller circle stage at the east end, linked by a long, elevated walkway. Matthew Hay Brown, baltimoresun.com, "In Washington, U2 traces its history on 'Experience + Innocence' tour," 18 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Sardinia contains many worlds: the glitzy Costa Smeralda; the Catalonian retreat of Alghero; the wild mountain coastlines both east and west; practical, insular Barbagia; the rice fields of diligent Oristano. Kyre Chenven, Condé Nast Traveler, "For Sardinia’s Wild Side, Head to Sulcis," 12 Oct. 2018 Divide the country into four regions—north, south, east, and west—and then look at how the population density is distributed. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Study: people tend to cluster into four distinct personality “types”," 17 Sep. 2018 Libya is currently split between rival governments in the east and the west, each backed by an array of militias. Rami Musa, Fox News, "Libyan officials say unknown missiles hit Tripoli airport," 12 Sep. 2018 The detour for northbound traffic will be west on Willey Road, north on Atherton and New Haven roads and east on Ohio 126. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati traffic: Morgan Ross Road closes Tuesday," 13 July 2018 Barchan dunes march across a plain in the Hellespontus region, west of Hellas basin, on Mars. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Mars 'ghost' dunes may have evidence of alien life," 13 July 2018 Westbound drivers will be directed to turn south on Orange Avenue, then west on Amelia Street and north on Garland Avenue before being able to continue on Colonial. Ryan Gillespie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Pedestrian bridge to take shape as steel truss is installed during Colonial Drive closure," 12 July 2018 According to a police statement, Long and the truck driver were traveling west on M Street. Washington Post, "Local Digest: Bicyclist hit by a truck over the weekend has died, police say," 11 July 2018 Border Patrol agents from the Cotulla station traveling west on FM 133, which connects U.S. 83 to Interstate 35, pulled over a vehicle matching the description heading east with three occupants. Guillermo Contreras, San Antonio Express-News, "Lawyer and Chicano activist charged in San Antonio with transporting immigrants," 6 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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