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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


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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 At Avon High School just west of Indianapolis, a staff member also tested positive. CBS News, "Student and staffer test positive for coronavirus at Indiana schools, first state in U.S. to reopen," 1 Aug. 2020 Hamilton County struck a deal with concrete company Hilltop Basic Resources to buy its 17-acre facility just west of the stadium for this. Scott Wartman, The Enquirer, "Commissioner Parks to Cranley: 'I'm done playing games.' City, county feud threatens development at The Banks," 31 July 2020 This town of 15,000 just west of Salem has no building large enough to house a federal courthouse. oregonlive, "Lawmakers suggest relocating embattled federal courthouse... to their districts," 31 July 2020 As the song sweeps west to east, ornithologists wonder what makes the song so catchy—and if the trend will continue. Corryn Wetzel, National Geographic, "Sparrows are singing a new song, in a rapid, unprecedented shift," 2 July 2020 It then could be transported west in a very dense plume when the jet picked up speed again. Judson Jones, CNN, "Saharan dust arrives in the US," 26 June 2020 She was found 30 miles west of Phoenix lying in the middle of Interstate 10. Helen Wieffering, The Arizona Republic, "Family mourns 16-year-old girl found dead on freeway, search for answers in her death," 12 July 2020 Six of the deceased were residents of The Heights of Bulverde, in the small community about 20 miles west of New Braunfels. Mark Dunphy, ExpressNews.com, "Novel coronavirus resurgence hits hard in Comal County’s nursing homes; eight deaths reported so far," 9 July 2020 Counties west of Madison are under a heat advisory. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Thousands lose power as thunderstorms roll through southeast Wisconsin," 7 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Crowley, who was elected to the 17th Assembly District in 2016, vacated his seat in the overwhelmingly Democratic district on Milwaukee's west side after he was elected county executive in April. Lawrence Andrea, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Three face off in Democratic primary to fill David Crowley's seat in the Assembly," 4 Aug. 2020 Currently there is no way for pedestrians on the west side of Naito to access the park at Jefferson. oregonlive, "Portland starts $8.9 million Naito Parkway project, 1st of 2 to transform the street," 3 Aug. 2020 The charter plane, which was equipped with floats, took off from Longmere Lake and was headed to the west side of Cook Inlet, Johnson said. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, "NTSB recovering planes in midair collision near Soldotna that killed 7, including legislator and local pilot," 1 Aug. 2020 On the morning of July 20, police took seven theft from auto reports on the west side of the city, particularly in the area of Powell Drive, Pellett Drive and Clarewood Drive. Cheryl Higley, cleveland, "Several unlocked cars stolen: Bay Village police blotter," 31 July 2020 In June, Compass filed plans with the state for an expansion of its Allen project on the west side of U.S. Highway 75 near Stacy Road. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Ellis County datacenter project ready to grow," 31 July 2020 The city recently opened a rebuilt Logan Street with wide sidewalks to better connect the west side with Town Square for pedestrians and has built a Riverwalk Trail on the downtown side in recent years. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, "Noblesville approves $14M for apartments and retail at Federal Hill Commons," 31 July 2020 After the 911 call came in, officers responded to the O'Charley's restaurant parking lot in a shopping plaza on the west side of Dixie Highway, just south of the Interstate 264 exchange. Kala Kachmar, The Courier-Journal, "Two dead, baby injured: How a domestic violence call became a police chase in Shively," 31 July 2020 As if the game needed more coffee-shop conversation topics, two light standards on the west side of Jones Stadium blinked out with 2:04 left, and tempers flared late in the game, too. Don Williams, USA TODAY, "When football helped the healing: How Lubbock rallied around a college all-star game," 12 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That's five buildings of five units each on a 3 1/2 acre site, west of Butterfield Coach south of Yorkshire Circle, explained Ferdie Fourie, the project's engineer. Laurinda Joenks, Arkansas Online, "Plans tabled for more green space in Springdale," 5 Aug. 2020 Three people were arrested and two cited during a protest Saturday outside Garcetti’s home west of downtown Los Angeles, the Times reports. USA TODAY, "More recycling, luxury nut surplus, free degree: News from around our 50 states," 4 Aug. 2020 Brian Cadwell leads nature photo tours at Lake Hodges in Escondido, west of Santa Ysabel. Wendy Fry, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Rare sighting of bald eagles in Santa Ysabel," 3 Aug. 2020 The site on Theiss Road is north of Hardy Road, west of Northampton Road and east of Hampton Hills Metro Park. Robin Goist, cleveland, "Akron requests proposals for housing development in Merriman Valley," 3 Aug. 2020 The church is located near 106th Street, west of Gray Road. Kaitlin Lange, The Indianapolis Star, "What we know about the church previously led by pastor who criticized Black Lives Matter," 2 July 2020 There’s a low chance for a few spotty thunderstorms through Tuesday, mainly west of DFW. Dallas News, "A hot and humid week," 29 June 2020 Evacuations were issued Friday night for homes south of Southern Avenue, north of Indian Springs Road, west of 119th Avenue and east of El Mirage Road. Helena Wegner, The Arizona Republic, "Avondale brush fire continues to burn, evacuations remain in effect," 27 June 2020 The newspaper said Christopher Howell, 51, was serving a four-year sentence at Lake Correctional Institution, in Lake County, west of Orlando, when he was killed, according to interviews with inmates and a prison officer. CBS News, "Florida inmate reportedly beaten to death by guard while handcuffed," 23 June 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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“West.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/west. Accessed 8 Aug. 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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