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

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 The boy and his father were arrested Dec. 18 three miles west of a port of entry in El Paso. Alicia A. Caldwell, WSJ, "Guatemalan Boy Dies in Custody of U.S. Border Patrol," 26 Dec. 2018 Javier Zarracina/Vox 12 people including a sheriff’s deputy have been killed and perhaps a dozen others injured by a suspect at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, about 40 miles west of Los Angeles. Jennifer Williams, Vox, "A suspect killed 12 people at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California.," 8 Nov. 2018 The voyage, aboard the Silver Explorer, will depart Nome, Alaska, on August 10, 2019, before traveling 5,776 miles west, past the International Date Line and Russia to Tromso, Norway, with more than two dozen stops scheduled along the way. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Incredible Cruise Near the North Pole Lasts a Month, Costs $37,000," 18 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 The Butler County Engineer's Office stated that the road will be closed from 1 mile east of Ohio 732 to 0.8 miles west of Bunker Hill Woods Road. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Traffic alert: McCoy Road closes Thursday," 10 July 2018 Getting there: Mount Horeb is about 100 miles west of Milwaukee via I-94 and Highway 151. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In the Troll Capital of the World, the arts thrive," 6 July 2018 As a young girl growing up in Smolensk, a Russian city located about 220 miles west of Moscow, Mensah dreamed of becoming a doctor. refinery29.com, "The Pipeline: The Sephora Innovation Manager Pushing The Beauty Giant's Tech Forward," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But girls are clearly treated differently than boys at the kindergarten through 8th grade school in Leland, about 10 miles (16.1 kilometers) west of Wilmington, Howard ruled. Emery P. Dalesio, The Seattle Times, "US judge: School’s rule for girls to wear skirts breaks law," 29 Mar. 2019 The event seems to have happened west of Madagascar. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "French Island Might Be Sitting On Top of Gigantic Underwater Magma Shift," 20 Mar. 2019 The 33-year-old, a native of Auvergne west of Lyon, heads the pastry department at Paris’s Le Meurice hotel, overseeing a team of 30. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, "The Patisseries in Paris That Everyone’s Talking About," 12 Mar. 2019 The studio is located about 20 miles north-west of London. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "London’s Harry Potter Studio Tour Is Even More Magical in the Snow," 25 Dec. 2018 Currently, the state is battling three major fires: one in northern Sierra, called the Camp Fire, and two west of Los Angeles, the Woolsey Fire and Hill Fire. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "At Least 9 Dead in California’s Most Destructive Wildfire in History," 10 Nov. 2018 The fire is now moving west of Redding and into heavier fuels like pine, fir, and cedar trees. Umair Irfan, Vox, "How the Carr Fire became one of the most destructive fires in California history," 1 Aug. 2018 Getty Images The island, in Saint Vincent and the Grenadies, is about a hundred miles west of Barbados. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Are Reportedly on Their First Vacation as a Family of Five," 20 July 2018 The town still needs to close on the $265,000 sale with the Riley family on the 2.54-acre lot bordering the Wash Brook, just west of the Prosser Public Library. Steven Goode, Courant Community, "Riley Lumber Property Purchase In Sight," 14 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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