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English definition of “east”

east

noun [U]  /ist/ (abbreviation E.) us  
the direction where the sun rises in the morning that is opposite west, or the part of an area or country that is in this direction: The points of the compass are north, south, east, and west. Most of the state’s heavy industry is in the east. the East The East is Asia, esp. its eastern and southern parts: She spent her childhood in the East, mostly in China and Japan. the East In the US, the East is the part of the country east of the Mississippi River.
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