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East

noun
     
East
1

the East

a) SAN the countries in Asia, especially China and Japan:
Martial arts originated in the East.
b) SAN the countries in the eastern part of Europe and Central Asia:
American relations with the East.
c) American EnglishSG the part of the US east of the Mississippi River, especially the states north of Washington DC:
She was born in the East but now lives in Atlanta.
He was born in Utah but went to college back East.
2

East-West relations/trade etc

political relations etc between countries in eastern Europe and those in western Europe and North America
[↪ Far East, Middle East, Near East]

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