Definition of westward in English:


(also westwards)


  • Towards the west.

    ‘the journey covers eight time zones in a westward direction’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was expected that Emily would turn in a west-northwesterly direction, but she stayed on her original westward course.’
    • ‘To the north of the study area, the basal detachment of the Zilair Nappe crops out as an east-dipping calc-mylonitc with abundant kinematic indicators suggesting a westward transport direction.’
    • ‘Fire was used as the great manipulator of the land and its vegetation, a well-known fact to Native Americans, who made use of fire to improve hunting for centuries before the westward migration began.’
    • ‘We're expecting this westward motion to continue, getting close to Category 3, as early as 8: 00 for tonight.’
    • ‘The rate of the westward shift of the centre of population slowed by about one-half in the next half-century. but it continued to edge across Indiana and, by 1950, on to Olney, Illinois.’
    • ‘Some have long disputed the very idea of a frontier of ‘free land’ because of the presence of the numerous Indian peoples whose subjugation was required by the nation's westward march.’
    • ‘We think our storm will continue tracking a little bit to the north of west, but it may manage to hold itself on a more westward course and head somewhere along the Florida east coast.’
    • ‘The celebration of rugged individualism during westward expansion in the mid-1800s surely had a lasting influence as well.’
    • ‘This is expected to, I think, diminish in strength over the next few days, though the westward push probably won't be as significant.’
    • ‘SS soldiers blew up the gas chamber and crematorium in early 1945 when the Nazis abandoned the camp in the face of the Soviet army's westward advance.’
    • ‘Bird flu's westward move is caused by migrating fowl.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the Democrat eyeing the White House continues his westward swing, heading for Las Vegas at this hour.’
    • ‘It was once believed that the sun began its westward journey from Taishan and also that reaching the top of Taishan would mean you lived to be 100.’
    • ‘He ran into the bitter westward winds almost constantly.’
    • ‘The Tampa Bay area fared pretty well, despite Jeanne's westward wiggle.’
    • ‘And we should see more of a westward trend as we head into the latter hours this evening and overnight for tonight.’
    • ‘His great interest was in what he called his ‘Enterprise to the Indies’, the search for a westward route to the Orient for trade in spices.’


  • In a westerly direction.

    ‘a track leads westwards through the glen’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The road running westwards through the ramparts led to Chelmsford.’
    • ‘Hidden away in the rear of a wagon they traveled westwards for many miles until they heard the sound of gulls in flight, smelled the salt air and heard the crashing of the surf.’
    • ‘I requested that he bring you westwards, that being the direction you were traveling in when we found you.’
    • ‘But why should we look westwards, when we have had our own unforgettable magicians, P.C.Sorcar, for example.’
    • ‘I resigned myself to recline in the squeaky leather upholstery and enjoy the ensuing ride as we thundered westwards along the Antrim autobahn.’
    • ‘I decided to walk westwards along West Vancouver's Seawall, a much quieter version than that of Stanley Park.’
    • ‘The suburb of Larapinta will expand westwards again this year, first by 30 blocks and ultimately by 260 blocks.’
    • ‘And they've put together a golf trail stretching from Edzell down to St Andrews and stretching westwards as far as Perth and Blairgowrie.’
    • ‘Looking westwards into the distance from the mountain pass, a vast expense of sapphire blue water lies ahead, a first glimpse of Namtso Lake.’
    • ‘Continuing our journey westwards, we passed through Vryheid and then turned off the highway once more toward the Blood River.’
    • ‘Looking westwards, the land drops slightly at the Hope River gorge and then rises sharply again in Jacks Hill.’
    • ‘The EU estimates that about 370,000 of those could migrate westwards in search of work.’
    • ‘I'm coming to the end of a run of work I have been doing for the BBC and I'll be heading westwards again before the end of the month.’
    • ‘As the bus continues driving westwards the visitor cannot miss the next holy sight - Xinlu Sea.’
    • ‘Continue westwards over heathery, grassy terrain at a safe distance from the edge of Canna's highest cliffs.’
    • ‘But as the disease spreads westwards, the concern about possible human infection has grown.’
    • ‘They're proposing to extend the zone westwards to Kensington and Chelsea but what about the rest of London.’
    to the west, westward, westwards, westwardly


the westward
  • A direction or region towards the west.

    ‘he sees a light to the westward’
    • ‘To the westward, but on their left instead of their right, tombs of great antiquity passed by their gaze.’