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Language: Old English


1 noun
Related topics: Geography
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.

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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