adverb or adjective
west·​ward | \ ˈwes-twərd How to pronounce westward (audio) \

Definition of westward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: toward the west



Definition of westward (Entry 2 of 2)

: westward direction or part sail to the westward

Other Words from westward

Adverb or adjective

westwards \ ˈwes-​twərdz How to pronounce westward (audio) \ adverb

Examples of westward in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb or adjective The cutoff highlights the broader risk to gas supplies in the war and holds symbolic significance as the first time Ukraine has disrupted the flow westward. Elena Becatoros And Jon Gambrell, Chicago Tribune, 11 May 2022 The cutoff highlights the broader risk to gas supplies in the war and holds symbolic significance as the first time Ukraine has disrupted the flow westward. Elena Becatoros, BostonGlobe.com, 11 May 2022 Out of worry emerged the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in 1827 that began building westward. Frederick N. Rasmussen, Baltimore Sun, 5 May 2022 That goal is to ensure that Ukraine is no longer an independent country able to make its choice to be European and westward-facing. James Nixey, CNN, 29 Apr. 2022 With five adults and four cats packed tightly into a Dacia Logan-model sedan, Ms. Beskrovna drove westward toward the cities of Yalta and Berdyansk, with the intention of continuing northwest toward Poland. Vivian Salama, WSJ, 21 Apr. 2022 Some outside observers even say the center’s giant windows — looking westward across to the Old City — provide the most impressive panoramic view of these sacred spaces. The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 Apr. 2022 So have attempts to expand Russia’s southern land grab westward to include Mykolaiv and Odessa. Paul Sonne And Robyn Dixon, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Mar. 2022 Meanwhile, the vulnerable — the elderly, children and others unable to join millions of refugees heading westward — face food shortages in a country once known as the breadbasket for the world. Nebi Qena And Andrea Rosa, chicagotribune.com, 25 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the weeks since Russia invaded Ukraine, Moscow has continued to ship natural gas westward and Europe has used the energy to power industry and heat homes. Charles Riley, CNN, 29 Mar. 2022 Its capture by the Russians was part of a broad advance westward that included troop movements from near Kharkiv and the more eastern city of Izium, where Russian and Ukrainian units are still locked in battle. New York Times, 17 Apr. 2022 My westward trek started on Sunset Boulevard, in the parking lot of Will Rogers State Historic Park. Rosecrans Baldwin, Travel + Leisure, 15 Apr. 2022 As a second disturbance passes through the Northeast on Sunday, more snow showers are possible downwind of the Great Lakes and on the westward facing slopes (upslope areas) of the Appalachians. Washington Post, 24 Mar. 2022 After the break-up of the Soviet Union, Ukraine several times attempted to assert and defend its westward course, including in 2004 and in 2014, both times to great resistance on the part of the Kremlin. Jan Smoleński, The New Republic, 4 Mar. 2022 Germany took a significant step toward that goal Wednesday when Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced that his government was halting authorization of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project to bring Russian gas westward. Los Angeles Times, 24 Feb. 2022 There are several places on our westward-facing exterior wall where the plaster on the inside wall bubbles up. Washington Post, 27 Dec. 2021 Cold air could also bring light snow down from the lower Great Lakes and in westward-facing terrain from the central Appalachians. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 20 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of westward

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before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


circa 1596, in the meaning defined above

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“Westward.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/westward. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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adverb or adjective
west·​ward | \ ˈwest-wərd How to pronounce westward (audio) \

Kids Definition of westward

: toward the west Settlers moved westward.

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