a cardinal point of the compass, 90° to the left when facing north, corresponding to the point where the sun is seen to set. Abbreviation: W
the direction in which this point lies.
(usually initial capital letter) a region or territory situated in this direction, especially the western part of the U.S., as distinguished from the East: a vacation trip through the West.
(initial capital letter) the western part of the world, as distinguished from the East or Orient; the Occident.
(initial capital letter) the non-Communist countries of Western Europe and the Americas.
directed or proceeding toward the west.
coming from the west: a west wind.
lying toward or situated in the west.
Ecclesiastical. designating, lying toward, or in that part of a church opposite to and farthest from the altar.
to, toward, or in the west: The car headed west.
from the west: The wind blew west.
go west, Informal. to die.

before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch, German west, Old Norse vestr; compare French ouest, Old French < Old English

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anti-West, adjective
pro-West, adjective


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west (wɛst)
1.  one of the four cardinal points of the compass, 270° clockwise from north and 180° from east
2.  the direction along a parallel towards the sunset, at 270° clockwise from north
3.  (often capital) the west any area lying in or towards the westRelated: Hesperian, Occidental
4.  (usually capital) cards the player or position at the table corresponding to west on the compass
5.  situated in, moving towards, or facing the west
6.  (esp of the wind) from the west
7.  in, to, or towards the west
8.  archaic (of the wind) from the west
9.  informal go west
 a.  to be lost or destroyed irrevocably
 b.  to die
Related: Hesperian, Occidental
[Old English; related to Old Norse vestr, Sanskrit avástāt, Latin vesper evening, Greek hésperos]

West1 (wɛst)
1.  the western part of the world contrasted historically and culturally with the East or Orient; the Occident
2.  Compare East (formerly) the non-Communist countries of Europe and America contrasted with the Communist states of the East
3.  in the US
 a.  that part of the US lying approximately to the west of the Mississippi
 b.  (during the Colonial period) the region outside the 13 colonies, lying mainly to the west of the Alleghenies
4.  (in the ancient and medieval world) the Western Roman Empire and, later, the Holy Roman Empire
5.  a.  of or denoting the western part of a specified country, area, etc
 b.  (as part of a name): the West Coast

West2 (wɛst)
1.  Benjamin. 1738--1820, US painter, in England from 1763
2.  Kanye, born 1977, US rap singer and producer; his albums include The College Dropout (2004) and Graduation (2007)
3.  Mae. 1892--1980, US film actress
4.  Nathanael, real name Nathan Weinstein. 1903--40, US novelist: author of Miss Lonely-Hearts (1933) and The Day of the Locust (1939)
5.  Dame Rebecca, real name Cicily Isabel Andrews (née Fairfield). 1892--1983, British journalist, novelist, and critic

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Word Origin & History

O.E. west "in or toward the west," from P.Gmc. *wes-t- (cf. O.N. vestr, O.Fris., M.Du., Du. west, O.H.G. -west, only in compounds, Ger. west), from PIE *wes- (source of Gk. hesperos, L. vesper "evening, west"), perhaps an enlarged form of base *we- "to go down" (cf. Skt. avah "downward"), and thus lit.
"direction in which the sun sets." Cf. also High Ger. dial. abend "west," lit. "evening." Fr. ouest, Sp. oeste are from Eng. West used in geopolitical sense from World War I (Britain, France, Italy, as opposed to Germany and Austria-Hungary); as contrast to Communist Russia (later to the Soviet bloc) it is first recorded in 1918. West Indies is recorded from 1550s. The verb wester "to go west" is recorded from late 14c.; westerly first recorded 1570s in both its (somewhat contradictory) senses of "coming from the west" and "facing toward the west."
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see go west.

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Example sentences for west
The area is in easy walking distance of the city and the west end.
Routes are sorted by position along the main route, from south to north and
  west to east.
He appeared on bbc points west dressed in a pair of shorts and socks.
In the west, this figure was accepted, but some historians had their doubts.
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