east Definition

  • 1the direction towards the point of the horizon where the sun rises at the equinoxes, on the right-hand side of a person facing north
  • 2the eastern part of the world, especially Asia

Using east: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "east" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The sun rises in the east and sets in the west.

  • Example

    We traveled east to reach the coast.

  • Example

    The city is located in the east of the country.

east Synonyms and Antonyms

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Antonyms for east

Idioms Using east

  • east or west, home is best

    one's true home and family are the most important things, regardless of how far one travels or where one goes


    I miss my family back home, but as they say, east or west, home is best.

  • covering a large area or distance


    The storm swept across the country from east to west.

  • a place or situation of great suffering or sorrow


    After losing his job, he felt like he was living in a land east of Eden.

Phrases with east

  • the countries of East Asia, especially China, Japan, and Korea


    He has traveled extensively in the Far East.

  • a region in southwestern Asia that includes the Arabian Peninsula, Iran, and Iraq


    The Middle East is known for its rich history and diverse culture.

  • a point on the compass that is halfway between east and northeast


    The ship was heading east by north towards the coast.

Origins of east

from Old English 'ēast', related to 'eastern'


Summary: east in Brief

The term 'east' [iːst] refers to the direction towards the point of the horizon where the sun rises at the equinoxes, and also to the eastern part of the world, particularly Asia. It is used in phrases like 'far east' and 'middle east,' and idioms like 'east or west, home is best,' which emphasizes the importance of one's true home and family. 'East' also appears in expressions like 'from east to west,' indicating a large area or distance.

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