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west

noun [U] uk ( also West)   /west/ ( written abbreviation W) us  
A2 the direction in which the sun goes down in the evening, opposite to the east, or the part of an area or country that is in this direction: The points of the compass are north, south, east, and west. The sun rises in the east and sets in the west. Most of the country will be dry tomorrow, but the west will have some rain. The Black Country is/lies to the west of Birmingham.(the) West
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B2 North America and western Europe: There has been concern in/throughout the West about the effects of this measure. East-West relations In the US, the West is the part of the country west of the Mississippi river that only became developed in the late 1800s: the Wild West
out west US to or in the west of the US: Travis moved out west after college.
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west

adjective uk ( also West)   /west/ ( written abbreviation W) us  
A2 in or forming the west part of something: West Africa the west coast of Ireland Ireland is west of Britain.west wind a wind coming from the west

west

adverb uk ( also West)   /west/ ( written abbreviation W) us  
A2 towards the west: Go due (= directly) west until you see a lake. The balcony faces west.
Translations of “west”
in Spanish oeste…
in Korean 서쪽…
in Arabic غَرْب…
in Portuguese oeste…
in French ouest…
in German der Westen…
in Catalan oest…
in Japanese 西…
in Italian ovest…
in Chinese (Traditional) 西,西方…
in Chinese (Simplified) 西,西方…
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