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English definition of “east”

east

noun [U] (also East)     /iːst/ (written abbreviation E)
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 Grammar:East or eastern; north or northern?See more
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