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

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Other Words from westward

Adverb or adjective

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

Examples of westward in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb or adjective The weak area of low pressure was near the northern Yucatan Peninsula early Tuesday and was forecast to track westward across the southern Gulf. Leigh Morgan, al, "It’s Tropical Storm Karen again, along with Jerry and Lorenzo," 24 Sep. 2019 The new plan in many cases shifts boundaries westward and would redistribute students so that at least 53 schools would be considered at the right capacity. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "In Howard County, a ‘courageous’ plan to redraw school boundaries tests community’s commitment to diversity," 6 Sep. 2019 There’s an ongoing earthquake swarm around the town of Cahuilla, about 20 miles east of Temecula in Riverside County, that started in 2016 and is moving westward and getting shallower, probably triggered by the movement of groundwater. Rong-gong Lin Ii, latimes.com, "A swarm of 1,000 earthquakes hit Southern California — how nervous should we be?," 19 June 2019 The Eagles, the group that followed Rufus, came on just as the warm sun decided to move westward and plunge half the Stadium into shadows — cutting off a vital source of heat. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Oh dear, oh dear. The lads in blue are here': When Rolling Stones (and police) packed County Stadium," 19 June 2019 Four sections from Main westward to Beltway 8 have been under repair. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "Houston roadwork on Richmond Avenue wrapping up," 18 Nov. 2019 Erdogan has accused the EU of failing to fully honor a 6 billion-euro ($6.6 billion) funding deal reached in 2016 to stop migrants from traveling westward to the Greek islands and European mainland. Washington Post, "Turkey’s refugee plan met with widespread skepticism," 11 Oct. 2019 In 2017 Centeno extended his operations westward to downtown Culver City, opening fast-casual BäcoShop in an angular, 60-seat space perched on a dense intersection along Culver Boulevard. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Amá•cita delivers comfort food with a fresh equation: Tex-Cal-Mex," 26 Sep. 2019 In more recent decades, development in Howard County expanded westward, and newer housing developments did not include many affordable homes. New York Times, "Where Civility Is a Motto, a School Integration Fight Turns Bitter," 12 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun First impression: The interior, which has swallowed up the former home of its neighbor, the American Folk Art Museum, in a westward march along 53rd Street, feels newly rangy. Eve Macsweeney, Vogue, "Will MoMA’s New Commissions Make the Museum Modern Again?," 7 Oct. 2019 The twilight of the tsarist era had seen a flowering of creative religious thought in Russia and this movement shifted westwards. The Economist, "Taking sides in the Orthodox Church’s battles over Russia and Ukraine," 9 Sep. 2019 The storm’s top sustained winds decreased slightly to 165 mph as its westward movement slowed, crawling along Grand Bahama island Monday morning at 1 mph in what forecasters said would be a daylong assault. RamÓn Espinosa, chicagotribune.com, "Hurricane Dorian, one of the strongest Atlantic storms ever recorded, keeps pounding north Bahamas," 2 Sep. 2019 Hurricane Dorian continued its assault on the Bahamas overnight with Category 5 winds, making a slow westward move that was forecast to bring the dangerous storm up the east coast of Florida. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "Hurricane Dorian thrashing Bahamas as Florida starts to feel effects of Category 5 storm," 1 Sep. 2019 However there has been a general westward shift with its potential track. Leigh Morgan, al.com, "High chance a tropical depression forms this week in the Gulf," 8 July 2019 In Miami, the number of shipping terminals has dwindled steadily from more than thirty in the 1990s to fifteen today, as high-rise condominiums continue their westward march along the waterfront. Rowan Moore Gerety, Harper's magazine, "Downstream," 10 June 2019 Averaging 10 miles a day, nine men completed the westward run and were welcomed as heroes by the Dutch. Daniel Ford, WSJ, "‘The Escape Artists’ Review: Keep Calm and Keep Shoveling," 27 Sep. 2018 Stretching its engineering capacity and technological innovation westward helps China expand and modernize its economy, as well as bolster alliances. James T. Areddy, WSJ, "Trophy Infrastructure, Troublesome Debt: China Makes Inroads in Europe," 5 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of westward

Adverb or adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


circa 1596, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of westward was before the 12th century

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17 Jan 2020

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“Westward.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/westward. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of westward

: toward the west
west·​ward | \ ˈwest-wərd How to pronounce westward (audio) \

Kids Definition of westward

: toward the west Settlers moved westward.

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