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noun [uncountable] east pronunciation in British English /iːst/
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  1. 1
    the direction that is in front of you when you are facing the rising sun, and is usually on the right on a map

    driving from east to west

    Which way is east?

    1. a.

      the east

      the part of a country, region, or place that is in the east

      They live in the east of the city.

      Most of the region’s forests are in the east.

  2. 2
    the eastern part of the world, especially China and Japan
    1. b.
      American the eastern part of the US, especially the states east of the Mississippi and north of Washington, D.C.


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