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east

noun [U] uk (also East)   /iːst/ (written abbreviation E) us  
A2 the direction from which the sun rises in the morning, opposite to the 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. Which way is east? Most of the country, except the east, is rural. Her home is in the east of France. According to the map, the village lies about ten kilometres to the east of here.Points of the compassDirection of motionParts of countriesDirection of motionPoints of the compass the East B2 Asia, especially its eastern and southern parts: She spent her childhood in the East - mostly in China.Continents and regions of the worldCountry namesCountry and nation those countries in Europe that had communist governments before the 1990s: The collapse of Communism changed East-West relations for ever.Continents and regions of the worldCountry namesCountry and nation
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east

adjective uk (also East)   /iːst/ (written abbreviation E) us  
A2 in or forming the east part of something: Cambridge is in East Anglia. The east wall of the mosque is covered with a beautiful mosaic.Points of the compassDirection of motion east wind a wind coming from the eastWind and windsStormy weather

east

adverb uk (also East)   /iːst/ (written abbreviation E) us  
A2 towards the east: We'll drive east for a few more miles, then turn south. They were the first people to travel east of the mountains (= into the area beyond and to the east of the mountains). We walked due (= directly) east for two kilometres. The garden faces east, so we'll get the morning sun.Direction of motionPoints of the compassPoints of the compassDirection of motion
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