Meaning of EAST in English

EAST

I. east 1 S1 W2 BrE AmE , East /iːst/ noun [singular, uncountable] ( written abbreviation E )

[ Word Family: adjective : ↑ east , ↑ easterly , ↑ eastern , ↑ eastbound , ↑ easternmost , ↑ eastward ; noun : ↑ east , easterner, ↑ easterly ; adverb : ↑ east , eastward(s)]

[ Language: Old English ]

1 . the direction from which the sun rises, and which is on the right if you are facing north:

Which way is east?

from/towards the east

He turned and walked away towards the east.

to the east (of something)

To the east of the pier were miles of sandy beaches.

2 . the east the eastern part of a country or area:

housing problems in the east

the east of

the east of Scotland

II. east 2 BrE AmE , East adjective ( written abbreviation E )

[ Word Family: adjective : ↑ east , ↑ easterly , ↑ eastern , ↑ eastbound , ↑ easternmost , ↑ eastward ; noun : ↑ east , easterner, ↑ easterly ; adverb : ↑ east , eastward(s)]

1 . [only before noun] in the east or facing the east:

I don’t know the east coast well.

He was born in East Jerusalem.

2 . an east wind comes from the east

III. east 3 BrE AmE adverb ( written abbreviation E )

[ Word Family: adjective : ↑ east , ↑ easterly , ↑ eastern , ↑ eastbound , ↑ easternmost , ↑ eastward ; noun : ↑ east , easterner, ↑ easterly ; adverb : ↑ east , eastward(s)]

1 . towards the east:

We drove east along Brooklyn Avenue.

east of

a small farming community 18 miles east of Paris

an east-facing bedroom

2 . out east to or in the countries in Asia, especially China and Japan:

The drug is being used all the time out east.

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