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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.Points of the compassDirection of motionParts of countries (the) West B2 North America and western Europe: There has been concern in/throughout the West about the effects of this measure. East-West relationsContinents and regions of the worldCountry namesCountry and nation 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 WestNamed regions of countries out west US to or in the west of the US: Travis moved out west after college.Named regions of countries
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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.Points of the compassDirection of motion west wind a wind coming from the westWind and windsStormy weather

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.Direction of motionPoints of the compassPoints of the compassDirection of motion
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