adjective \ˈleft\

: located on the same side of your body as your heart

: done with your left hand

: located nearer to the left side of your body than to the right

Full Definition of LEFT

a :  of, relating to, situated on, or being the side of the body in which the heart is mostly located
b :  done with the left hand <a left hook to the jaw>
c :  located nearer to the left hand than to the right
d (1) :  located on the left of an observer facing in the same direction as the object specified <stage left>
(2) :  located on the left when facing downstream <the left bank of a river>
often capitalized :  of, adhering to, or constituted by the left especially in politics
left adverb

Examples of LEFT

  1. He felt a pain in his left side.
  2. He hit him with a left hook to the jaw.
  3. the left side of the street

Origin of LEFT

Middle English, from Old English, weak; akin to Middle Low German lucht left; from the left hand's being the weaker in most individuals
First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with LEFT



: a location closer to the left side of your body than to the right : the left side

: a turn or movement toward the left

: a punch made with the left hand

Full Definition of LEFT

a :  the left hand
b :  the location or direction of the left side
c :  the part on the left side
d :  a turn to the left <take a left at the intersection>
a :  left field
b :  a blow struck with the left fist
often capitalized
a :  the part of a legislative chamber located to the left of the presiding officer
b :  the members of a continental European legislative body occupying the left as a result of holding more radical political views than other members
often capitalized
a :  those professing views usually characterized by desire to reform or overthrow the established order especially in politics and usually advocating change in the name of the greater freedom or well-being of the common man
b :  a radical as distinguished from a conservative position
left·most \ˈleft-ˌmōst\ adjective

Examples of LEFT

  1. We read from left to right.
  2. You'll take two lefts and then a right.
  3. He hit him with two quick lefts to the stomach followed by a right to the jaw.

First Known Use of LEFT

13th century


Definition of LEFT

past and past participle of leave


adjective \ˈleft\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of LEFT

:  of, relating to, or being the side of the body in which the heart is mostly located; also :  located nearer to this side than to the right


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