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adv. & adj.
Toward, to, or in the west.
A westward direction, point, or region.

west′ward·ly adv. & adj.
west′wards adv.


moving, facing, or situated in the west
Also: westwards towards the west
the westward part, direction, etc; the west
ˈwestwardly adj, adv


(ˈwɛst wərd)

1. moving, bearing, facing, or situated toward the west.
2. Also, west′wards. toward the west.
3. a westward part, direction, or point.
[before 900]


1. 'westwards'

If you move or look westwards, you move or look towards the west.

The reef stretches westwards from the tip of Florida.
Ten minutes later we were flying westwards over the great marshes.

Westwards is always an adverb.

2. 'westward'

In American English and old-fashioned British English, westward is often used instead of 'westwards'.

He sailed westward from Palos de la Frontera.

In both British and American English, westward is sometimes used as an adjective in front of a noun.

...the westward expansion of the city.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.westward - the cardinal compass point that is a 270 degrees
cardinal compass point - one of the four main compass points
Adj.1.westward - moving toward the westwestward - moving toward the west; "westbound pioneers"
west - situated in or facing or moving toward the west
Adv.1.westward - toward the west; "they traveled westward toward the setting sun"
في إتِّجاهٍ غَرْبينَحو الغَرْب
nyugat felé tartónyugatra
í vesturátt


A. ADJ [movement, migration] → hacia el oeste, en dirección oeste


[ˈwɛstwərd] westwards [ˈwɛstwərdz]
adv [sail, travel] → vers l'ouest
adj [flight, journey] → vers l'ouest


adj directionwestlich; routenach Westen, (in) Richtung Westen
adv (also westwards)westwärts, nach Westen, (in) Richtung Westen


1. adj (direction) → ovest inv
2. adv (also westwards) → a ovest, verso ovest


(west) noun
1. the direction in which the sun sets or any part of the earth lying in that direction. They travelled towards the west; The wind is blowing from the west; in the west of Britain.
2. (often with capital. also W) one of the four main points of the compass.
1. in the west. She's in the west wing of the hospital.
2. from the direction of the west. a west wind.
towards the west. The cliffs face west.
ˈwesterly adjective
1. (of a wind, breeze etc) coming from the west. a westerly wind.
2. looking, lying etc towards the west. moving in a westerly direction.
ˈwestern adjective
of the west or the West. Western customs/clothes.
a film or novel about the Wild West. Most westerns are about cowboys and Red Indians.
ˈwesternmost adjective
furthest west. the westernmost point.
ˈwestward adjective
towards the west. in a westward direction.
ˈwestward(s) adverb
towards the west. We journeyed westwards for two weeks.
go west
to become useless; to be destroyed. I'm afraid this jacket has finally gone west; That's all hopes of winning gone west.
the West
Europe and North and South America.
the Wild West
the western United States, before the establishment of law and order.
References in classic literature ?
From the windmill the ground sloped westward, down to the barns and granaries and pig-yards.
Leaving the unsuspecting Heyward and his confiding companions to penetrate still deeper into a forest that contained such treacherous inmates, we must use an author's privilege, and shift the scene a few miles to the westward of the place where we have last seen them.
We proceeded successfully, and after a long and fatiguing journey through a mountainous wilderness, in a westward direction, on the seventh day of June following, we found ourselves on Red-River, where John Finley had formerly been trading with the Indians, and, from the top of an eminence, saw with pleasure the beautiful level of Kentucke.
Because Joppa, the modern Jaffa, shipmates, is on the most easterly coast of the Mediterranean, the Syrian; and Tarshish or Cadiz more than two thousand miles to the westward from that, just outside the Straits of Gibraltar.
Eastward I go only by force; but westward I go free.
One sweltering afternoon--it was the first day of July, 1830-- he was at work over a set of tangled account books in his workroom, which looked westward over a stretch of vacant lots, when a conversation outside disturbed him.
Westward, a lurid streak of sunset glowed red in the dreary heaven, blackened the fringing trees on the far borders of the great inland marsh, and turned its little gleaming water-pools to pools of blood.
Who could sit upon anything in Fleet-street during the busy hours of the day, and not be dazed and deafened by two immense processions, one ever tending westward with the sun, the other ever tending eastward from the sun, both ever tending to the plains beyond the range of red and purple where the sun goes down!
As we walked along westward, he was recognized ever and again by some face in the crowd of the streets, and whenever that happened he talked louder to me; but he never otherwise recognized anybody, or took notice that anybody recognized him.
In the second place, the ebb was now making--a strong rippling current running westward through the basin, and then south'ard and seaward down the straits by which we had entered in the morning.
The continent, of which this kingdom is apart, extends itself, as I have reason to believe, eastward, to that unknown tract of America westward of California; and north, to the Pacific Ocean, which is not above a hundred and fifty miles from Lagado; where there is a good port, and much commerce with the great island of Luggnagg, situated to the north-west about 29 degrees north latitude, and 140 longitude.
This time he went westward, because he had fallen on the trail of a great shoal of halibut, and he needed at least one hundred pounds of fish a day to keep him in good condition.

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