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

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Whereas the others had ended at Tamar Park, home to Hong Kong’s central government offices and Legislative Council (which is known as Legco), this time organisers asked the crowds to continue westward past the government buildings. The Economist, "Hong Kong protesters storm the legislative council," 30 June 2019 Families moved westward, often more than once, pushing the frontier back. John Steele Gordon, WSJ, "A Short History of Census Taking," 28 June 2019 Astronomers reported a Marsquake and a Great Dark Spot moving westward across Neptune. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, "Findings," 24 June 2019 The program, run by the US Department of Agriculture, started in the 1990s and was successful in preventing the spread of raccoon rabies westward. Minali Nigam, CNN, "Most rabies infections in the United States come from bats, CDC says," 12 June 2019 Though owner Tim Niver has been coy about the St. Paul restaurant expanding westward, refusing to confirm it with local media, a sign has gone up outside the restaurant, which seems like pretty clear evidence of what is to come. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Mucci’s Italian restaurant appears to be opening Minneapolis spot," 14 June 2019 Sathi Devi, the government scientist in charge of monitoring the storm, said Vayu would come closest to land at midafternoon, stirring up winds of up to 150 kilometers (93 miles) per hour before turning sharply westward into open water. Fox News, "Cyclone batters fishing hub but veers away from Indian coast," 13 June 2019 One of the biggest MMOs in Japan is making its way westward. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The 14 biggest announcements for Microsoft Xbox at E3 2019," 9 June 2019 Vignettes of the Frenglish Empire in North America (1780-1795) Paintings by the artist reimagine concepts of colonialism, empire and westward expansion. Matt Cooper, latimes.com, "SoCal museum listings, June 9-16: ‘Experience 41: OZ,’ ‘Bauhaus Beginnings’ and more," 7 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The center of Florence continues its slow westward trek across eastern South Carolina. Fox News, "Florence's path: Track the tropical depression here," 16 Sep. 2018 Al-Mesmari said forces are chasing the militias, led by Ibrahim Jadhran, westwards. Washington Post, "East Libya forces say regain control over oil ports," 21 June 2018 The path of the relatively tiny Hurricane Beryl is currently tracking westwards through the Atlantic in the general direction of Puerto Rico. Billy Perrigo, Time, "Hurricane Beryl Is Officially the First Atlantic Hurricane of the Year. Here's Where it's Headed," 6 July 2018 One of the highlights is the new entrance into the arch, a light-gathering disk with a westward facing crescent entryway. Gary Garth, USA TODAY, "Gateway Arch: An American classic gets a major overhaul," 29 June 2018 Initially, the westward pull resulted from the nation’s rapid geographic expansion. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Artists explore American identity in Sondheim Artscape Prize exhibit," 21 June 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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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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