Definition of westward in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈwɛstwəd


  • Towards the west: the journey covers eight time zones in a westward direction
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    • Rabaul was crossed off the list of invasion targets; its neutralization by air was to be completed by May 1944, followed by MacArthur's westward advance towards the Vogelkop peninsula of New Guinea.
    • Sweden attempted to take advantage of this by blocking Russia's attempted westward expansion towards the Baltic.
    • The war enhanced American power vis-à-vis Indian tribes in the West and South and thus set the stage for westward expansion after 1815.


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  • (also westwards) In a westerly direction: a track leads westwards through the glen
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    • And the ocean currents tend to drift westwards on the northern side.
    • The avian flu is believed to have moved westwards into central and western Europe as more than 15,000 mute swans fled an unusually cold spell in the Black Sea region.
    • Edmund and Garrett led the Cavalry westwards a few days later.


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  • A direction or region towards the west: he sees a light to the westward
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    • To the westward, but on their left instead of their right, tombs of great antiquity passed by their gaze.



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  • The first appearance of Vernedia in lower Cenomanian rocks of Oregon implies that the genus migrated westwardly across the Pacific into the Old World Tethyan province.
  • He did not recommend driving westwardly as it was feared a large volume of water would be tapped.
  • Thence proceeding westwardly along the south bank of the Cornwallis River to the point of commencement.

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