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Definition of west

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: 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


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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 The new map also joins Lorain County, a toss-up county which includes Lorain and some of Cleveland’s western, Democratic-leaning suburbs, into a sprawling, heavily Republican district that extends west to the Indiana border. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, 20 Nov. 2021 For example, the No. 29 Point Reyes buoy, located in 1,805 feet of water 25 miles west of Point Reyes, recorded a significant wave height of 30.6 feet on Oct. 25. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 19 Nov. 2021 To ride tandem with Lake Erie, take the 78.1-mile USBR 230 alternate, which runs west of Cleveland and through Sandusky, home of Cedar Point, the roller coaster capital of the world, before veering slightly inland. Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2021 Don’t miss Ford’s homage to the classic rest-stop chain — as well as her journeys west to reconnect with family — in Afar. Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2021 The 31-year-old woman admitted that her 9 mm handgun discharged in the store in Northborough, about 30 miles west of Boston, the Northborough Police Department said. Tim Fitzsimons, NBC News, 18 Nov. 2021 In this photograph taken on September 10, 2019, students of Kopila Valley Children's Home sit during lunch time at Surkhet District, some 600 km west of Kathmandu, Nepal. Time, 17 Nov. 2021 On the Olympic Peninsula, several highways were closed in places and the U.S. Coast Guard helped local authorities evacuate people west of Forks, Washington. Lisa Baumann, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Nov. 2021 The video, which was posted last week and took place about 500 miles west of Rio de Janeiro, has since been viewed more than 78,000 times. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 15 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Our goal now is to see as much of the west side of the state as possible. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 23 Nov. 2021 The west side of the state is also bearing the brunt of strong winds — about 28,000 Consumers Energy customers are without power in the Kalamazoo area, including News Channel 3, Channel 3 reported. Emma Stein, Detroit Free Press, 22 Nov. 2021 The Rose Park neighborhood on Salt Lake City's west side has shown signs of gentrification according to experts. The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 Nov. 2021 According to the official Macy's parade website, the west side of Central Park West from West 75th to West 61st Streets are some of the best views. Skyler Caruso, PEOPLE.com, 20 Nov. 2021 Instead of stopping, the car continued toward the building and struck the west side of the building, state police said. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, 17 Nov. 2021 The people summoned to the lot on the west side of the famed valley were part of a group that is becoming a bigger part of the wildfire crisis in California. Matthias Gafni, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Nov. 2021 An initial investigation by police indicates that an altercation occurred on the west side of a building at 4558 Oakton Street that culminated in shots being fired, police said. Brian L. Cox, chicagotribune.com, 16 Nov. 2021 Benoit, who was born and raised on the west side of North Adams and attended local schools, was reported missing by her family in November 1974 before police recovered her body near the Deerfield River on Nov. 16. Andrew Brinker, BostonGlobe.com, 16 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The area where most cases are reported is confined to a dozen counties roughly north of Interstate 64 and west of U.S. 29, including Fauquier, Culpeper, Loudoun and Prince William counties. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 24 Nov. 2021 The discoloration of the Cranberry March Drain, south of 17 Mile Road and west of Garfield Road, was caused by a nontoxic dye used to check for illicit sewage connections and discharges, county public works officials said in a news release. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, 22 Nov. 2021 Delray Beach officials have long attempted to revitalize the stretch of Atlantic Avenue between I-95 and Swinton Avenue, which has paled in comparison to the section west of Swinton, which is lined with dozens of popular bars and restaurants. Wells Dusenbury, sun-sentinel.com, 22 Nov. 2021 Rexnord’s headquarters were located in an unremarkable two-story brick building next to a big parking lot in west-central Milwaukee, surrounded by working-class neighborhoods of modest houses. Christopher Leonard, Fortune, 22 Nov. 2021 In a normal year, freshwater from the lake flows downstream and west and improves the health of the Klamath River. Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2021 The low sun barrelled through the west-facing windows, penetrating the colored glass jars along the windowsill and painting forms like watercolor blotches on the wall. Greg Jackson, The New Yorker, 22 Nov. 2021 Police say video surveillance shows Stacy striking his ex-girlfriend multiple times and throwing her into a television at her Oakland home west of Orlando. Skyler Swisher, orlandosentinel.com, 21 Nov. 2021 The wind cups of his portable weather station are nearly still, although dust devils are visible in the distant west. Patrick Cooke, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Nov. 2021

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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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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)

: located in, facing, or coming from the direction of sunset the west coast



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 certain point

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