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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.
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moving, facing, or situated in the west
Also: westwards towards the west
the westward part, direction, etc; the west
ˈwestwardly adj, adv
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(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]
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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.
Collins COBUILD English Usage © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 2004, 2011, 2012
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"
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في إتِّجاهٍ غَرْبينَحو الغَرْب
nyugat felé tartónyugatra
í vesturátt


A. ADJ [movement, migration] → hacia el oeste, en dirección oeste
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


[ˈwɛstwərd] westwards [ˈwɛstwərdz]
adv [sail, travel] → vers l'ouest
adj [flight, journey] → vers l'ouest
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


adj directionwestlich; routenach Westen, (in) Richtung Westen
adv (also westwards)westwärts, nach Westen, (in) Richtung Westen
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007


1. adj (direction) → ovest inv
2. adv (also westwards) → a ovest, verso ovest
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(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.
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The commander of the first Roman galley must have looked with an intense absorption upon the estuary of the Thames as he turned the beaked prow of his ship to the westward under the brow of the North Foreland.
And in the westward sky, I saw a curved pale line like a vast new moon.
Westward I saw the zodiacal light mingling with the yellow brilliance of the evening star.
And for the first time in the history of trading my schooners to the westward carried Bibles in their stock.
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 field-folk shut in there traded northward and westward, travelled, courted, and married northward and westward, thought northward and westward; those on this side mainly directed their energies and attention to the east and south.
How glazed each weary eye, When looking westward, I beheld A something in the sky.
These Fuegians are a very different race from the stunted, miserable wretches farther westward; and they seem closely allied to the famous Patagonians of the Strait of Magellan.
Then he told them that here they should part company; they three going to the eastward and he to the westward, and so, skirting the main highroads, would come by devious paths to Sherwood.
The trappers now left the scene of this infamous tragedy, and kept on westward, down the course of the river, which wound along with a range of mountains on the right hand, and a sandy, but somewhat fertile plain, on the left.
Her position decided, the Susquehanna was found to be some minutes westward of the spot where the projectile had disappeared beneath the waves.
Then, when the storm broke, Wolf Larsen cruised back and forth over that portion of the ocean where we had encountered it, and somewhat more to the westward, while the boats were being repaired and new sails made and bent.

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