west

1 of 3

adverb

: to, toward, or in the west

west

2 of 3

adjective

1
: situated toward or at the west
the west exit
2
: coming from the west
a west wind

west

3 of 3

noun

1
a
: 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

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Adverb
His top spots in Broward County include the C-13 Canal, which runs west to Markham Park in Sunrise, the canal along State Road 84 and the C-14 Canal. Steve Waters, Miami Herald, 7 June 2024 The property, just west of Westview Parkway, is anchored by Home Depot, Smart & Final and CVS. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 June 2024
Adjective
It was spotted on the west side of the complex near the Bay Area Rapid Transit train tracks, the department said. Brooke Baitinger, Sacramento Bee, 30 May 2024 The National Weather Service said one station near the Boise Airport had .73 inches of rain, while another on the west side of the airport saw just .28 inches. Rachel Roberts, Idaho Statesman, 29 May 2024
Noun
Located 70 miles from Phoenix, to the west, and 95 miles from Tucson, to the south, Superior got its start as a supply center for Pinal City (now a ghost town with only a few foundations remaining), and later as a mining town. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 June 2024 Morley oversaw five of seven departments with the city of Cupertino, and helped address the city’s budget challenges during his time with Saratoga’s neighbor to the west. Isha Trivedi, The Mercury News, 11 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for west 

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Word History

Etymology

Adverb

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German westar to the west and probably to Latin vesper evening, Greek hesperos

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of west was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“West.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/west. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

west

1 of 3 adverb
: to or toward the west

west

2 of 3 adjective
1
: situated toward or at the west
the west entrance
2
: coming from the west
a west wind

west

3 of 3 noun
1
: the direction of sunset : the compass point opposite to east
2
capitalized
a
: regions or countries west of a point that is mentioned or understood
b
: the countries of Europe and the Americas that are not communist

Biographical Definition

West 1 of 4

biographical name (1)

Benjamin 1738–1820 American painter

West

2 of 4

biographical name (2)

Nathanael 1903–1940 originally Nathan Wallenstein Weinstein American novelist

West

3 of 4

biographical name (3)

Dame Rebecca 1892–1983 pseudonym of Cicily Isabel Andrews née Fairfield English critic and novelist

West

4 of 4

biographical name (4)

Thomas see de la warr

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