west

adverb
\ ˈwest \

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 \

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

The B-25s flew west and struck targets across a wide arc of Japan, bombing Tokyo, Yokosuka, Yokohama, Kobe, and Nagoya. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Explorers Discover the Wreck of the Aircraft Carrier USS Hornet, Sunk in World War II," 12 Feb. 2019 The bus was headed west on Highway 16 with no one on board except the driver, according to a tweet from Chelsea Hodgson, a spokeswoman for Washington State Patrol. Agueda Pacheco-flores, The Seattle Times, "Kitsap Airporter shuttle bus crashes and bursts into flames, killing driver," 19 Nov. 2018 Fully loaded, the Destination left port on the morning of February 8, then headed west down the Aleutian chain toward Unalaska. Outside Online, "In Search of the Vanished Destination," 17 Apr. 2018 In Avondale, Arizona, a city of 85,000 about 12 miles west of downtown Phoenix, Ducey selected three of eight eligible opportunity zones, including a northeastern portion of the city that is home to a budding medical corridor. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Opportunity zones: vital community development tool or tax windfall for the rich?," 3 Oct. 2018 Launched today just west of Hamburg, the Coradia iLint trains are the very first in the world to create electricity through a chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "The World's First Hydrogen-Powered Train Just Arrived in Germany," 17 Sep. 2018 Currently, Microsoft’s Canadian headquarters is in Mississauga, a suburb just west of Toronto. Rachel Lerman, The Seattle Times, "Microsoft moving Canadian headquarters into Toronto as it expands," 11 Sep. 2018 Carlin-Kraft was found dead on Aug. 22 in the bedroom of her condo in the upscale suburb of Ardmore, located just west of Philadelphia. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Man arrested in ex-Playboy model's murder released from prison month before attack, father seeks probe," 31 Aug. 2018 Hurricane Fabio was active off the coast just west of Baja from Monday to Wednesday, said Bill Rasch, a NWS meteorologist. Cassie Dickman, sacbee, "Why was Sacramento suddenly cloudy this morning? Blame Fabio, weather experts say," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Though their house hunt began just before the holiday season on the west side of California, reports from E! Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Are Reportedly Mansion Shopping in California," 7 Feb. 2019 Turtles from India to Utah are facing drastic population decreases, and not all of them have birthing areas as secure as those off the west African coast. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Global Warming Could Make These Sea Turtles 98% Female," 27 Dec. 2018 Napoleon had ended up in 1815 on Saint Helena, a British island 1,200 miles from the west coast of Africa, after his crushing defeat at Waterloo. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "‘It has a story to tell’: How a descendant of Napoleon’s willow tree took root on a Seattle hillside," 30 Oct. 2018 The ship then will head up the west coast of Africa back to Southampton before crossing the Atlantic a second time on a final leg back to New York. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "Cunard Line ship to go from New York to Australia and back," 11 July 2018 Togo lies between Ghana and Benin on the west coast of Africa and around 60 percent of its population is under 25 and many of them have only known one ruler. Melissa Mahtani, CNN, "Faure must go: How one Togolese woman is risking her life to end 50-year Gnassingbé dynasty," 13 June 2018 Here’s a list of things to do, see, eat, and drink on the west coast of St. Lucia. Jessi Walker, Marie Claire, "Weekend Travel Guide to Saint Lucia," 11 June 2018 Later, students swam relays from Santa Barbara to Anacapa Island, from Santa Rosa Island to Goleta, near Santa Barbara, and along the west coast of Molokai in the Hawaiian Islands. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Del Mar students brave open water in Italy to set record," 6 June 2018 Where are the high-rises? That’s the first question a visitor might ask upon arriving on Anna Maria Island, a delightful enclave on the west coast of Florida, about an hour south of Tampa. Clifford Pugh, San Antonio Express-News, "Anna Maria Island a time capsule of simpler times in Florida," 5 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Exploring neighborhoods either west or east end will give you a better view on what the city actually has to offer. Mosha Lundström Halbert, Vogue, "The Cool Girl’s Guide to Toronto," 27 Dec. 2018 The officer was traveling west and the other vehicle was heading east at the time of the crash. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville police investigate officer's head-on collision on Broadway," 12 July 2018 From the San Fernando Valley in the northeast to beach communities in the west, teachers marched in front of schools in the rain, wearing red T-shirts or ponchos and chanting for more funds and lower class sizes. Ian Lovett, WSJ, "Los Angeles Teachers Begin Strike," 14 Jan. 2019 In September, Meghan really brought it home with her work alongside the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen in west London, a communal space first started to help those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle in 2018: Why the Duchess of Success Is Just Getting Started," 31 Dec. 2018 In the west, however, temperatures will remain warm. Cierra Williams, Country Living, "The Weather Channel Predicts a Brutal Winter for Most of the Country," 16 Nov. 2018 The no-fly zone would extend over an area spanning 80 kilometers (50 miles) wide in the eastern part of the Military Demarcation Line, and 40 kilometers (25 mi) wide in the west. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Doesn’t Want a No-Fly Zone Over the Korean DMZ. Here’s Why.," 18 Oct. 2018 And in fact, what’s happening is that people in the east or in the west, in this case now in San Francisco, are making all the money and control the railroad. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: ‘Temp’ author Louis Hyman on Recode Decode," 29 Aug. 2018 As Maurizio Sarri waits on the wings in west London, Antonio Conte's future looks no closer to being solved at Chelsea - even though everyone knows what's going to happen... eventually. SI.com, "Chelsea Step Up Efforts to Complete Transfer Wishlist Ahead of Hectic Six Week Scramble," 30 June 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 \

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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