east

1 of 3

adverb

: to, toward, or in the east

east

2 of 3

adjective

1
: situated toward or at the east
an east window
2
: coming from the east
an east wind

east

3 of 3

noun

1
a
: the general direction of sunrise : the direction toward the right of one facing north
b
: the compass point directly opposite to west
2
capitalized
a
: regions lying to the east of a specified or implied point of orientation
b
: regions having a culture derived from ancient non-European especially Asian areas
3
: the altar end of a church
4
often capitalized
a
: the one of four positions at 90-degree intervals that lies to the east or at the right of a diagram
b
: a person (such as a bridge player) occupying this position in the course of a specified activity

Example Sentences

Adjective the east side of town Noun The city is framed by mountain ranges to the east and west. The wind blew from the east. This summer has been unusually hot in the East.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adverb
Hurricane Earl will move east of Bermuda, and the East Coast will feel the effects of high waves and dangerous rip currents as a result. Fox News, 9 Sep. 2022 Those storms and high winds are expected to move east and by Friday reach the Ozarks and the Gulf Coast, touching cities such as Mobile, Alabama; Little Rock, Arkansas; Shreveport, Louisiana; and New Orleans. Kathryn Prociv, NBC News, 9 June 2022 The ridge is expected to move east of the Cascades during the day, but not before temperatures reach into the upper 70s in the metro area. oregonlive, 24 May 2022 Conveniently, Madison and Elijah have agreed to move out east too. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, 10 May 2022 But anti-immigrant sentiments caused by a recession in the late-1870s prompted many Chinese Americans to move east, according to Ohio History Connection. Zachary Smith, cleveland, 6 May 2022 Now, the massive spring storm is continuing to move east with tornados, hail and damaging winds -- along with more snow in some places that have already been dumped on by frozen precipitation. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 13 Apr. 2022 As the storm continues to move east later Thursday, cities including Washington, DC, and Philadelphia could see strong winds, hail and isolated tornadoes. Aya Elamroussi, CNN, 31 Mar. 2022 The tornado spawned in a larger storm system that struck the South earlier this week and continues to move east. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, 23 Mar. 2022
Adjective
The city plans to demolish and reconstruct the east side of the span next year, followed by the west side in 2024. Suzanne Baker, Chicago Tribune, 15 Nov. 2022 As an industrial area on the east side of San Francisco, Dogpatch was not an obvious place for a city park. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Nov. 2022 Guests with floor seats must enter via Gate J on the east side of the stadium just under the overpass of Seventh Street. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 14 Nov. 2022 The east side of the city could see gusts of 30-35 mph at times. oregonlive, 8 Nov. 2022 Those on the east side of town can catch the grocery’s Eastgate bus to the event. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 7 Nov. 2022 The Monte Carlo was found on the east side of Indianapolis. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 4 Nov. 2022 An Indianapolis woman and her adult son arrived at an east side apartment complex last week to intercede in a fight between the woman's daughter and boyfriend. The Indianapolis Star, 1 Nov. 2022 Businesses on the east side of the street set their clocks one hour ahead of those on the west. Hanna Krueger, BostonGlobe.com, 30 Oct. 2022
Noun
The part that does is home to hundreds of millions of people, from the Atlantic coast of Morocco across North Africa and Egypt to Mesopotamia and east to India. Matti Friedman, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Dec. 2022 On Sunday the first case was reported in the country's east. Fox News, 17 Nov. 2022 The long-duration event is also expected in the east and southeast Great Lakes region, according to the National Weather Service in Buffalo. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 16 Nov. 2022 Keeping it on the pad with Nicole, which moved east toward Florida earlier this month, wasn’t a decision NASA took lightly, agency officials have said during recent briefings. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, 16 Nov. 2022 Orient yourself with your feet toward east, lie flat on your back and look up, taking in as much of the sky as possible. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 15 Nov. 2022 Here’s a look at snowfall totals across New England By 9 p.m., the snowfall had reached the area of Leominster and Fitchburg, and was expected to continue east in the direction of Marlborough. Camilo Fonseca, BostonGlobe.com, 15 Nov. 2022 The vehicle was last seen turning into a driveway and fleeing east on Clough Pike toward Clermont County, according to investigators. The Enquirer, 14 Nov. 2022 Take State Route 51 (Piestewa Freeway) to I-10 east, exit at Washington Street and turn right. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 14 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adverb

Middle English est, from Old English ēast; akin to Old High German ōstar to the east, Latin aurora dawn, Greek ēōs, heōs

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 east was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“East.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/east. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

east 1 of 3

adverb

: to or toward the east

east

2 of 3

adjective

1
: located toward or at the east
the east door of the school
2
: coming from the east
an east wind

east

3 of 3

noun

1
a
: the general direction of sunrise
b
: the compass point directly opposite to west
2
capitalized : regions or countries east of a specific place

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