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English definition of “west”

west

noun [U] (also West)     /west/ (written abbreviation W)
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 relations Continents 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 Grammar:East or eastern; north or northern?
(Definition of west noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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