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Meaning of “west” in the English Dictionary

"west" in British English

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westnoun [U]

(also West) uk   us   /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 ​sunrises in theeast and sets in the west. Most of the ​region will be ​drytomorrow, but the west will have some ​rain. The ​Black Country is/​lies to the west of Birmingham.(the) West

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B2 NorthAmerica and ​westernEurope: 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 ​becamedeveloped 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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westadjective

(also West) uk   us   /west/ (written abbreviation W)

westadverb

(also West) uk   us   /west/ (written abbreviation W)
(Definition of west from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"west" in American English

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westnoun [U]

 us   /west/ (abbreviation W.)
the ​direction where the ​sun goes down in the ​evening that is ​oppositeeast, or the ​part of an ​area or ​country which is in this ​direction: The ​points of the ​compass are ​north, ​south, ​east, and west. The ​sun sets in the west.
Idioms

westadjective, adverb [not gradable]

 us   /west/ (abbreviation W.)
lying toward, coming from, or being at the west ​part: the west ​coast The ​town is west of here.
(Definition of west from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “west”
in Korean 서쪽…
in Arabic غَرْب…
in Malaysian barat…
in French ouest…
in Chinese (Traditional) 西,西方…
in Italian ovest…
in Spanish oeste…
in Vietnamese hướng tây, Hướng Tây trên la bàn…
in Portuguese oeste…
in Thai ทิศตะวันตก…
in German der Westen…
in Catalan oest…
in Japanese 西…
in Chinese (Simplified) 西,西方…
in Indonesian barat, Barat…
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