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Definition of east noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [uncountable, singular] (abbreviation E.)
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  1. 1(also the east) the direction that you look toward to see the sun rise; one of the four main points of the compass Which way is east? A gale was blowing from the east. a town to the east of (= further east than) Las Vegas compare north, south, west
  2. 2the east the eastern part of a country, region, or city His store is in the east of the town.
  3. 3the East the part of the United States that is further east than the Mississippi River and further north than Washington, D.C. I was born in the East, but now live in San Francisco.
  4. 4the East the countries of Asia, especially China, Japan, and India
  5. 5the East (in the past) the Communist countries of Eastern Europe East-West relations
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