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Topic: GEOGRAPHY

Language: Old English
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east

1 noun
     
east1 S2 W2 , East written abbreviation E [singular, uncountable]
1SG the direction from which the sun rises, and which is on the right if you are facing north:
Which way is east?
from/towards the east
He turned and walked away towards the east.
to the east (of something)
To the east of the pier were miles of sandy beaches.
2

the east

SG the eastern part of a country or area:
housing problems in the east
the east of
the east of Scotland
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