• (GA) IPA: /ˈwɛstwɚd/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈwɛstwəd/


  1. Lying toward the west.
    • circa 1600 William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act I, Scene 1,
      […] yond same star that’s westward from the pole
    • 1895, Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure, Part 1, Chapter 3,
      […] about a quarter of an hour before the time of sunset the westward clouds parted […]
    • 1974, Lawrence Durrell, Monsieur (novel), New York: Pocket Books, 1976, “Outremer,” p. 43,
      It stands high up on the westward slopes of the Alpilles […]
  2. Moving or oriented toward the west.
    • 1783, Edward Gibbon, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, London: W. Strahan & T. Cadell, Volume 3, Chapter 17, p. 8,
      Those who steer their westward course through the middle of the Sea of Marmara, may at once descry the high lands of Thrace and Bithynia, and never lose sight of the lofty summit of Mount Olympus, covered with eternal snows.
    • 1896, Banjo Paterson, “Black Swans” in The Man From Snowy River and Other Verses, London: Macmillan, p. 113,
      Oh! ye wild black swans, ’twere a world of wonder
      For a while to join in your westward flight,
    • 1942, Neville Shute, Pied Piper (novel), New York: William Morrow, Chapter 5,
      They moved out on the westward road again.


  1. Toward the west.
    ride westward.
    • 1590, Christopher Marlowe, Tamburlaine, London, Act V, Scene 6,
      Looke here my boies, see what a world of ground,
      Lies westward from the midst of Cancers line,
      Vnto the rising of this earthly globe,
    • circa 1728, George Berkeley, “Verses, on the Prospect of Planting Arts and Learning in America” in The Works of George Berkeley, D.D., London: Thomas Tegg, 1837, p. 394,
      Westward the course of empire takes its way;
    • 1857, John Henry Hopkins Jr., “We Three Kings” (Christmas carol),
      O star of wonder, star of night,
      Star with royal beauty bright,
      Westward leading, still proceeding,
      Guide us to thy perfect light.
Translations Noun

westward (uncountable)

  1. The western region or countries; the west.
    • 1742, Daniel Defoe, A tour thro' the whole island of Great Britain, London: J. Osborn et al., Volume 1, Letter 6, pp. 297-298,
      I name this to explain what I said before, of Ships being embay’d and lost here: this is when, coming from the Westward, they omit to keep a good Offing, or are taken short by contrary Winds […]
    • 1896, Joseph Conrad, An Outcast of the Islands, Part 1, Chapter 4,
      You will live quietly there till I come back from my next cruise to the westward.

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