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eastnoun [U]

us   /ist/ abbreviation E.
the direction where the sun rises in the morning that is opposite 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. Most of the state’s heavy industry is in the east.
the East
The East is Asia, esp. its eastern and southern parts: She spent her childhood in the East, mostly in China and Japan.
the East
In the US, the East is the part of the country east of the Mississippi River.
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eastnoun [U]

also East uk   /iːst/ us   /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.
the East
B2 Asia, especially its eastern and southern parts: She spent her childhood in the East - mostly in China.
those countries in Europe that had communist governments before the 1990s: The collapse of Communism changed East-West relations for ever.

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eastadjective

also East uk   /iːst/ us   /iːst/ written abbreviation E
A2 in or forming the east part of something: Cambridge is in East Anglia. The east wall of the mosque is covered with a beautiful mosaic.
east wind
a wind coming from the east

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eastadverb

also East uk   /iːst/ us   /iːst/ written abbreviation E
(Definition of east from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “east”
in Korean 동쪽…
in Arabic الشَّرْق, جِهة الشَّرْق…
in Malaysian timur…
in French est…
in Chinese (Traditional) 東, 東方…
in Italian est…
in Spanish este…
in Vietnamese hướng đông, hướng đông trên la bàn…
in Portuguese leste…
in Thai ทิศตะวันออก…
in German der Osten…
in Catalan est…
in Japanese 東…
in Chinese (Simplified) 东, 东方…
in Indonesian timur…
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