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Definition of west

 (Entry 1 of 7)

: to, toward, or in the west

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



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


biographical name (1)
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Definition of West (Entry 4 of 7)

Benjamin 1738–1820 American painter


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Definition of West (Entry 5 of 7)

Nathanael 1903–1940 originally Nathan Wallenstein Weinstein American novelist


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


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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 Phone records show while Frazee's cell stayed near his ranch, Kelsey's phone was on the move – heading west out of Colorado. CBS News, "Patrick Frazee sentenced: Colorado mom Kelsey Berreth gets justice a year after Thanksgiving Day killing," 23 Nov. 2019 When the citizens of the closed, communist states of eastern Europe were allowed to head west and sample the fruits of capitalism in the late 1980s, the Soviet empire was revealed to be a failure, and collapsed. The Economist, "Voting with your feet Why voting with your feet is more effective than a ballot," 14 Nov. 2019 From downtown Boulder, head west up Canyon Boulevard into Boulder Canyon for 2.5 miles. Joshua Berman, The Know, "A combination camping-hostel-hotel in Boulder is offering adventurers cheap stays," 27 Oct. 2019 To reach Pheasant Ridge, take I-76 north to Eagle Boulevard, head west to Prairie Center Parkway, then head north 2 miles to Estrella Street. Mark Samuelson, The Denver Post, "In Brighton, pick up a new 4-bedroom home at $30,000 off as Meritage’s energy-saving Pheasant Ridge has a flash sale," 18 Oct. 2019 The plan is to head west on Oct. 23 and visit places along the way. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "Where does Kentucky stand ahead of 2019 elections? Gerth is touring the state to find out," 17 Oct. 2019 The Wings now head west for three games at Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings lose momentum in 5-2 loss to rival Maple Leafs at lively LCA," 13 Oct. 2019 Cook was behind the wheel of a white Chevrolet Malibu that was headed west on Albany Avenue near Garden Street about 10:45 p.m. Sept. 5, 2018. David Owens, courant.com, "Hartford man pleads guilty in Albany Avenue fatal hit and run," 9 Oct. 2019 The News-Gazette reports that Kam’s will close up shop for good on Oct. 20 and head west to a new building at First and Green streets, where construction is already underway. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "It’s last call at Kam’s: Famed (infamous?) U. of I. dive bar is closing down next month, changing locations," 26 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Overlooking the west bank of the Milwaukee River, the property is owned by Milwaukee Area Technical College, which had no knowledge of the bunker. Jeff Rumage, USA TODAY, "Man stashed guns, knives and a bow and arrows in an underground bunker, sheriff says," 22 Nov. 2019 Overlooking the west bank of the Milwaukee River, the property is owned by Milwaukee Area Technical College, which had no knowledge of the bunker. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A man accused of firing a gun into the Milwaukee River used an underground bunker for up to 10 years, complaint says," 22 Nov. 2019 Volcanoes in Japan, along the Cascades in the United States, and along the west coast of South America are good examples of this. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Volcano Eruptions," 18 Nov. 2019 Between 2017 and 2018, Florida’s beaches were ravaged by red tide with over 150 miles of the west coast consumed by it. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "Red tide grew drastically along Florida’s west coast in less than a month," 18 Nov. 2019 The protesters were trying to remove barriers near two bridges that lead to the west bank of the Tigris River. Washington Post, "World Digest: Nov. 7, 2019," 7 Nov. 2019 Neuss, a small city that sits on the west bank of the Rhine River, is one of St. Paul’s 12 sister cities. Miriam-rachel Newman, Twin Cities, "Remembering St. Paul’s brave: Group from German sister city to honor our fallen World War II soldiers," 2 Nov. 2019 The 14-show sprint brought him up along the west coast through Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, and San Francisco before five Canadian dates in Vancouver and Edmonton. Eric Frankenberg, Billboard, "Elton John's 'Road' Leads Back to No. 1: September Boxscore Recap," 31 Oct. 2019 The coffins were found in Assasif, a necropolis on the west bank of the Nile River. BostonGlobe.com, "The Egyptian government is hailing the discovery of more than 20 wooden coffins as ‘‘one of the largest and most important’’ archaeological finds in the past few years.," 18 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun River 1 overlooks the Kinnickinnic River west of South First Street and north of West Becher Street, at the site of the former Horny Goat Hideaway tavern. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Apartment building at River 1 development in Milwaukee's Harbor District has March construction start," 26 Nov. 2019 The first thing greeting you at this snappy New Haven eatery, in the Dwight Street neighborhood west of the town center, is the front section of a vintage rickshaw, salvaged from India. Rand Richards Cooper, courant.com, "Review: House of Naan in New Haven mixes traditional with modern for comfort-food Indian fusion," 26 Nov. 2019 The Southwest Bypass is a four-lane, 12.6-mile freeway that begins about 2 miles south of Ayden on Highway 11, wraps around the west side of Ayden and Winterville, and ends at the U.S. 264 Bypass west of Greenville. USA TODAY, "Seedlings to fall far from oak, bologna bust, snowboard pioneer: News from around our 50 states," 26 Nov. 2019 Bright and early on a recent Saturday, Charles Ray, the Los Angeles sculptor, stepped out of the Four Seasons Hotel, and walked west on Fifty-seventh Street. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "Speed Walking with the Sculptor Charles Ray," 25 Nov. 2019 The collision has shut down an intersection in west Hillsboro while police investigate, according to a news release. oregonlive, "Fatal dump truck crash shuts down Hillsboro intersection, police say," 25 Nov. 2019 Gerber and Davidson then took their romance west, and were spotted in Malibu and Los Angeles. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Pete Davidson and Kaia Gerber Enjoy a Date Night at Her Friend's Miami Wedding," 24 Nov. 2019 The victims, ages 11 and 14, were shot early Saturday in the west parking lot of Searles Elementary School, the Union City Police Department said. Faith Karimi, CNN, "2 boys shot dead while sitting in a van at an elementary school parking lot, police say," 24 Nov. 2019 Federal prosecutors alleged Cadichon and his fellow patrolman, Officer Kevin Tate, took bribes from Richard Burton, who owns National Attorney Referral Service based in west suburban Bloomingdale. Megan Crepeau, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago cop given 18 months in prison for leaking information on crash victims to attorney service," 22 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of west


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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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27 Nov 2019

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“West.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/west. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of west

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to or toward the west

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

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



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


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Kids Definition of west

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

Kids Definition of west (Entry 2 of 3)

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



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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