Definition of west noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//west//
    ; NAmE NAmE//west//
    [uncountable, singular] (abbreviation W)
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  1. 1  (also the west) the direction that you look towards to see the sun go down; one of the four main points of the compass Which way is west? Rain is spreading from the west. He lives to the west of (= further west than) the town. compare east, north, south
  2. 2  the West Europe, N America and Canada, contrasted with Eastern countries I was born in Japan, but I've lived in the West for some years now.
  3. 3the West (North American English) the western side of the US the history of the American West see also Midwest, Wild West
  4. 4the West (in the past) Western Europe and N America, when contrasted with the Communist countries of Eastern Europe East-West relations
  5. Word OriginOld English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German west, from an Indo-European root shared by Greek hesperos, Latin vesper ‘evening’.
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