west

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English west, from Old English west, from Proto-Germanic *westrą. Cognate with Scots wast, Saterland Frisian Saterland Frisian Wääste, West Frisian west, Dutch west, German West, Danish vest. Cognate also with Old French west, French ouest, Spanish oeste, Catalan oest, Galician oeste, Italian ovest (all ultimately borrowings of the English word). Compare also Latin vesper.

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Noun[edit]

west (uncountable)

  1. One of the four principal compass points, specifically 270°, conventionally directed to the left on maps; the direction of the setting sun at an equinox, abbreviated as W.

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Also see Appendix:Cardinal directions for translations of all compass points

Adjective[edit]

west

  1. Situated or lying in or toward the west; westward.
  2. (meteorology) Of wind: from the west.
  3. Of or pertaining to the west; western.
  4. From the West; occidental.
  5. (ecclesiastial) Designating, or situated in, that part of a church which is opposite to, and farthest from, the east, or the part containing the chancel and choir.

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Adverb[edit]

west (not comparable)

  1. Towards the west; westwards.

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Verb[edit]

west (third-person singular simple present wests, present participle westing, simple past and past participle wested)

  1. To move to the west; (of the sun) to set. [from 15th c.]
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, V.prologue:
      Foure times his place he shifted hath in sight, / And twice has risen, where he now doth West, / And wested twice, where he ought rise aright.

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Dutch west, from Proto-Germanic *westrą. Compare German West, English and West Frisian west, Danish vest.

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Adverb[edit]

west

  1. (only in compounds) west
  2. westwards

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noordwest noord noordoost
west Compass rose simple plain.svg oost
zuidwest zuid zuidoost

Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

west m (invariable)

  1. West (historic area of America)

Kurdish[edit]

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west f

  1. act of tiring or getting tired

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Low German[edit]

Verb[edit]

west

  1. past participle of wesen

Middle English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old English west, in turn from Proto-Germanic *westrą.

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west

  1. west (compass point)
  2. A location to the south; the south
  3. The west wind

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Adjective[edit]

west

  1. west, western
  2. At the west

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Adverb[edit]

west

  1. To the west, westards, westbound
  2. From the west, western
  3. In the west

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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *westrą, whence also Old High German west, Old Norse vestr.

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west

  1. west

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Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Old English west.

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west

  1. west

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