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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 That’s a picturesque community in Santa Barbara County, about 80 miles west of Los Angeles. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "Fannie Flagg takes us back to Whistle Stop in ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’ sequel," 27 Oct. 2020 The couple lived in the Central California city of Modesto, but the case was tried about 90 miles west in Redwood City, south of San Francisco, due to pretrial publicity. NBC News, "Scott Peterson, who killed pregnant wife, faces death penalty at resentencing," 23 Oct. 2020 The parachute is designed to release about 2 miles above the Earth and land in the Utah desert, about 80 miles west of Salt Lake City, on September 24, 2023. Anne Ryman, The Arizona Republic, "NASA asteroid mission 2020: How to watch OSIRIS-REx spacecraft collect asteroid sample," 19 Oct. 2020 While Jenkins was raised just 90 miles west of Jackson Hole in Idaho Falls, Wyoming, Baer grew up in the North Georgia Mountains. Lauren Jones, House Beautiful, "This Jackson Hole Cottage Is the Very Definition of Fall," 19 Oct. 2020 Windsong Ranch is a 2,030-acre residential development located at 1001 Windsong Parkway South, 2½ miles west of the Dallas North Tollway, on the north side of U.S. Highway 380 in Prosper. Dallas News, "Residents find ways to thrive in uncertain times," 17 Oct. 2020 The wildfire started in mid-August in the high country 30 miles west of Fort Collins and has persisted despite getting over 1 foot of snow on Labor Day. Eric Larsen, USA TODAY, "These photos show the intense smoke from Colorado's largest wildfire ever," 17 Oct. 2020 Find the Summit Trailhead on the side of Oregon 6, about 18 miles west of U.S. 26. oregonlive, "Hiking through the Tillamook Burn: An Oregon forest recovers, decades after devastating fires," 14 Oct. 2020 The project area along I-465 stretches from 2.4 miles west of I-69 at the White River bridge to 2.2 miles south of I-69 at the I-465 bridge over Fall Creek Road. Ethan May, The Indianapolis Star, "What you need to know about planned I-465 widening and I-69 interchange reconstruction," 14 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Access to parking will be by Petty Place on the west side of the facility. John Sturbin, Dallas News, "Joey Logano growing restless after another postponement of NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at Texas Motor Speedway," 28 Oct. 2020 More widespread fog is expected Thursday with locations on the west side of the city likely to have foggy conditions. oregonlive, "Portland Wednesday weather: Fog through morning, then sunny; high 62," 28 Oct. 2020 And current data shows that the schools on the west side are closer to capacity — or past it — than the schools on the east side. Mj Slaby, The Indianapolis Star, "Carmel Clay Schools is redistricting. Here's how to give feedback to the district," 27 Oct. 2020 At any rate, most of the lots are vacant and off the west side of Prospect just north of Boston, which is Strongsville’s southern border with Brunswick. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Developers propose single-family homes, townhomes in southwest corner of Strongsville," 27 Oct. 2020 But a west-side strike can push water toward the town and over its relatively small levee system. Tristan Baurick, NOLA.com, "Zeta on track to strengthen, hit New Orleans area as Category 1 storm; see latest forecast," 27 Oct. 2020 The 45-acre industrial site on the city’s west side was marooned between symbols of the post-industrial economy, warehouses belonging to retailers Target and Amazon. David J. Lynch, Washington Post, "Trump’s Carrier deal fades as economic reality intervenes," 26 Oct. 2020 Police are investigating a shooting in Hartford’s Parkville section Sunday, at least the second in the west side neighborhood since Thursday and part of a continuing surge of gun violence in the capital city. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Police investigate shooting in Hartford’s Parkville neighborhood," 26 Oct. 2020 Harris then made an unannounced stop on Detroit's west side before a canvassing kick-off event, according to pool reports. Nisa Khan, Detroit Free Press, "Kamala Harris in metro Detroit to encourage early voting as election nears," 25 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The first homicide occurred shortly after 9:40 p.m. Friday, when officers responded to reports of a shooting on the 3000 block of North Park Avenue, just north of 30th Street and west of College Avenue. Lawrence Andrea, The Indianapolis Star, "5 victims identified from Indianapolis' violent, record-breaking weekend," 13 Oct. 2020 Approximately an hour later, a woman reported in person to officers at TPD’s west precinct that a man was half-dressed in the empty parking lot of a shopping center off Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Family, activists demand answers after man died in Tuscaloosa police custody," 12 Oct. 2020 An award-winning community of new homes, Cane Island offers the convenience of immediate I-10 west access, Katy ISD schools, proximity to major west Houston employers and an abundance of nearby shopping, dining and entertainment. Houston Chronicle, "Move-in ready homes are now available in Katy's Cane Island," 10 Oct. 2020 Home team Centennial's guys sat on wooden benches on the edges of two shot put sectors on the stadium's west end. Paul Klauda, Star Tribune, "Prep football's return echoes more loudly than usual across Minnesota," 10 Oct. 2020 Further west, Louisiana is bracing itself for the third tropical system of the year to make landfall on its coast Friday evening. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "Hot and stormy weekend ahead in Central Florida," 9 Oct. 2020 Police found a computer reading that showed the truck heading west on Harvard Road around 9:30 p.m. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Ex-employee found living behind silver screen: Orange Police Blotter," 9 Oct. 2020 After that, the release said, Great Parks will coordinate with the Ohio Department of Transportation to extend the Connector further west to the Mariemont branch of the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library. Jeanne Houck, The Enquirer, "Columbia Connector opening 'couldn't have come at a better time,' township official says," 8 Oct. 2020 The house had an unusual configuration when Salas bought it in 2006: Both the front wall and west-facing side wall of the first floor were recessed, so that the second floor was wider and longer than the first. R. Stephanie Bruno, NOLA.com, "From its exterior, you'd never guess the inside of this unusual home looks like this," 8 Oct. 2020

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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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29 Oct 2020

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“West.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/west. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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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