Meaning of WEST in English

WEST

I. west 1 S1 W2 BrE AmE , West noun [singular, uncountable]

[ Word Family: adjective : ↑ west , ↑ westerly , ↑ western , ↑ westbound , ↑ westernized , ↑ westward ; noun : ↑ west , ↑ western , westerner, ↑ westerly , ↑ westernization ; adverb : ↑ west , westward(s); verb : ↑ westernize ]

1 . the direction towards which the sun goes down, and which is on the left if you are facing north

from/towards the west

A damp wind blew from the west.

to the west (of something)

a village to the west of Brussels

2 . the west the western part of a country or area:

There’s a slight chance of some sunshine in the west.

the west of

the west of the island

II. west 2 BrE AmE , West adjective [only before noun] ( written abbreviation W )

[ Word Family: adjective : ↑ west , ↑ westerly , ↑ western , ↑ westbound , ↑ westernized , ↑ westward ; noun : ↑ west , ↑ western , westerner, ↑ westerly , ↑ westernization ; adverb : ↑ west , westward(s); verb : ↑ westernize ]

[ Language: Old English ]

1 . in the west or facing the west:

the west door of the church

farmers in West Africa

2 . a west wind comes from the west

III. west 3 BrE AmE adverb ( written abbreviation W )

[ Word Family: adjective : ↑ west , ↑ westerly , ↑ western , ↑ westbound , ↑ westernized , ↑ westward ; noun : ↑ west , ↑ western , westerner, ↑ westerly , ↑ westernization ; adverb : ↑ west , westward(s); verb : ↑ westernize ]

1 . towards the west:

The route then heads west over Gerrick Moor.

west of

The walk starts at Alnham, six miles west of Bridge of Aln.

a west-facing window

2 . out west to or in the western part of a country or area, especially the US:

The family moved out west to Kansas.

3 . go west British English old-fashioned

a) to die – used humorously

b) to be damaged or ruined – used humorously

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