right

adjective
\ ˈrīt How to pronounce right (audio) \

Definition of right

 (Entry 1 of 4)

2 : being in accordance with what is just, good, or proper right conduct
3 : conforming to facts or truth : correct the right answer
4 : suitable, appropriate the right man for the job
5 : straight a right line
7a : of, relating to, situated on, or being the side of the body which is away from the side on which the heart is mostly located
b : located nearer to the right hand than to the left
c : located to the right of an observer facing the object specified or directed as the right arm would point when raised out to the side
d(1) : located on the right of an observer facing in the same direction as the object specified stage right
(2) : located on the right when facing downstream the right bank of a river
e : done with the right hand a right hook to the jaw
8 : having the axis perpendicular to the base right cone
9 : of, relating to, or constituting the principal or more prominent side of an object made sure the socks were right side out
10 : acting or judging in accordance with truth or fact time proved her right
11a : being in good physical or mental health or order not in his right mind
b : being in a correct or proper state put things right
12 : most favorable or desired : preferable also : socially acceptable knew all the right people
13 often capitalized : of, adhering to, or constituted by the Right especially in politics

right

noun

Definition of right (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : qualities (such as adherence to duty or obedience to lawful authority) that together constitute the ideal of moral propriety or merit moral approval
2 : something to which one has a just claim: such as
a : the power or privilege to which one is justly entitled voting rights his right to decide
b(1) : the interest that one has in a piece of property often used in pluralmineral rights
(2) rights plural : the property interest possessed under law or custom and agreement in an intangible thing especially of a literary and artistic nature film rights of the novel
3 : something that one may properly claim as due knowing the truth is her right
4 : the cause of truth or justice
5a : right hand sense 1a also : a blow struck with this hand gave him a hard right on the jaw
b : the location or direction of the right side woods on his right
c : the part on the right side
e : a turn to the right take a right at the stop sign
6a : the true account or correct interpretation
b : the quality or state of being factually correct
7 often capitalized
a : the part of a legislative chamber located to the right of the presiding officer
b : the members of a continental European legislative body occupying the right as a result of holding more conservative political views than other members
8a often capitalized : individuals professing support of the established order and favoring traditional attitudes and practices and conservative governmental policies
b often capitalized : a conservative position
9a : a privilege given stockholders to subscribe pro rata to a new issue of securities generally below market price
b : the negotiable certificate evidencing such privilege usually used in plural
by rights or less commonly by all rights
: with reason or justice : properly
in one's own right
: by virtue of one's own qualifications or properties
of right
1 : as an absolute right
2 : legally or morally exactable
to rights
: into proper order

right

adverb

Definition of right (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : according to right live right
2 : in the exact location, position, or moment : precisely right at his fingertips quit right then and there
3 : in a suitable, proper, or desired manner knew he wasn't doing it right
4 : in a direct line, course, or manner : directly, straight go right home came right out and said it
5 : according to fact or truth : truly guessed right
6a : all the way windows right to the floor
b : in a complete manner felt right at home
7 : without delay : immediately right after lunch
8 : to a great degree : very a right pleasant day
9 : on or to the right looked left and right

right

verb
righted; righting; rights

Definition of right (Entry 4 of 4)

transitive verb

1a : to do justice to : redress the injuries of so just is God to right the innocent— William Shakespeare
b : justify, vindicate felt the need to right himself in court
2 : avenge vows to right the injustice done to his family
3a : to adjust or restore to the proper state or condition right the economy
b : to bring or restore to an upright position right a capsized boat

intransitive verb

: to become upright

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Other Words from right

Adjective

rightness noun

Noun

rightmost \ ˈrīt-​ˌmōst How to pronounce rightmost (audio) \ adjective

Verb

righter noun

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Adjective

correct, accurate, exact, precise, nice, right mean conforming to fact, standard, or truth. correct usually implies freedom from fault or error. correct answers socially correct dress accurate implies fidelity to fact or truth attained by exercise of care. an accurate description exact stresses a very strict agreement with fact, standard, or truth. exact measurements precise adds to exact an emphasis on sharpness of definition or delimitation. precise calibration nice stresses great precision and delicacy of adjustment or discrimination. makes nice distinctions right is close to correct but has a stronger positive emphasis on conformity to fact or truth rather than mere absence of error or fault. the right thing to do

Examples of right in a Sentence

Adjective You can't treat me like this! It's not right! You were right to tell the teacher about the girl who you saw cheating. Telling the teacher was the right thing to do. “Is that clock right? Is it noon already?” “Yes. That's right.” There's something not quite right about his story. Their theory was proved right. Let me get this right—you want me to lend you $1,000?! You're right; the answer is six. I bet you like baseball. Am I right? Am I right in thinking that he should have never loaned her the money? Noun We discussed the rights and wrongs of genetic cloning. women fighting for equal rights Knowing the truth is her right. Adverb The keys are right where I said they would be. “Where are my keys?” “They're right here.” The bank is right next to the pharmacy. The parking lot is right in front of the building. He left his bags right in the middle of the floor. She was waiting right outside the door. The ball hit me right in the face. We arrived right at noon. You are right on time. When the boss yelled at him, he quit right then and there. Verb It was time to right an old wrong. No one can right all the wrongs in the world. The government needs to do something to right the economy. They righted the capsized boat. He quickly righted himself after he fell off the chair.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In time, Kilar's views about the future of the TV were largely proven right. Aric Jenkins, Fortune, "WarnerMedia’s new CEO hire is both logical and unexpected," 4 Apr. 2020 In the back-and-forth game, right-hander Spencer Turnbull was knocked around early, allowing five runs on nine hits. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Jake Rogers' walk-off HR moves Virtual Detroit Tigers to .500; where will he play in 2020?," 4 Apr. 2020 But less well known is a variation of the experiment in which Asch introduced another variable—this time, one of the confederates gave the right answer while the rest of the crowd tried to mislead the participant. Olga Khazan, The Atlantic, "The Perks of Being a Weirdo," 3 Apr. 2020 The study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that under the right conditions, liquid droplets from sneezes, coughs and just exhaling can travel more than 26 feet and linger in the air for minutes. USA Today, "Coronavirus might spread much farther than 6 feet in the air. CDC says wear a mask in public.," 3 Apr. 2020 Photographed on Oahu in radiant colors, Walton embodies a fearless attitude that fits right in with the surfers riding the island’s famous Banzai Pipeline, as depicted in the illustration above (along with a WSJ. Kristina O’neill, WSJ, "Editor Kristina O’Neill on the April Issue," 3 Apr. 2020 Buddha Monk was the handler, body man, and engineer, tasked with getting ODB prepped and into the studio, and making sure his vocals sounded right. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Messy Making of a Nearly Perfect Hip-Hop Album," 2 Apr. 2020 To get the air and the hydrogen in the right quantities, the fuel cell uses hoses and valves and fans – similar functions to a ventilator. Adam Beam, The Christian Science Monitor, "'We can do this': US engineers fix piles of broken ventilators," 2 Apr. 2020 Sure, some of the items in your pantry or refrigerator (think: vinegar and lemon juice) may effectively clean your countertops, sinks, and other high-traffic spots, but they aren't packed with the right ingredients to properly disinfect your space. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Are Natural Disinfectants Effective? How to Find the Best Cleaner to Kill Germs," 2 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Presidential candidates ran to the right during primaries and pivoted left—toward the middle—after the convention. Bruce Bartlett, The New Republic, "How the Democrats Should Imitate the Republican Party," 1 June 2020 Antifa, short for anti-fascist, is not a national group but instead more of a far-left ideology spawned as a reaction to the far right, Bray said. Anchorage Daily News, "In Trump’s campaign against antifa, observers see a bid to distract from protesters’ real outrage," 1 June 2020 Look to the left and to the right and thank that person. Ashraf Khalil, Time, "Hundreds of Protesters Converge on White House for Second Straight Day," 31 May 2020 Cabrera, an outstanding defender who came up in the minor leagues as a third baseman, ranged far to his right. Freep.com, "Armando Galarraga's 'perfect game' and the redemption that followed 10 years later," 31 May 2020 Punter Chris Sailer rolled to his right and lofted a pass to Ali Abdul Azziz, who was wide open and appeared headed for the first down. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Next Ten: Jamar Fletcher's interception is the dagger in 1999 Rose Bowl," 30 May 2020 In the seventh inning, with the Rangers down by a run and two outs, Mateo bounced a ball to the right of second baseman Craig Counsell. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "The inside story of the Texas Rangers’ can’t-miss prospect who did — and how it changed the franchise," 29 May 2020 As the pilot interrupted to inform us of our impending landing, a landmass appeared in the window to my right. Natasha Bazika, Travel + Leisure, "How a Digital Detox on a Tiny Australian Island Helped Me Regain My Focus," 24 May 2020 Place both hands on your hips, and slowly lean to the right. Stephanie Mansour, CNN, "This 5-minute yoga routine will boost your energy and start the day right," 22 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb That said, there’s also the chance a second surge of the virus could lead right back into more financial woes. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "Environmental groups struggle to maintain funding, momentum as COVID-19 pandemic continues," 18 May 2020 Tierney said DeWine has been talking frequently with Indiana and Kentucky, which are right next to Cincinnati. Alexei Koseff, SFChronicle.com, "California, Western state allies forging their own paths in coronavirus crisis," 16 May 2020 Dinner is coming right up when a smart air fryer is your kitchen companion, but does the routine maintenance take away some of the convenience? Southern Living, "Cleaning Your Air Fryer Is Not a Dreadable Task," 16 May 2020 But for two months, Tiger Town Tavern sat empty — after being in continual operation since 1977, right up until South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster’s executive order closed dining rooms on March 13 in response to the coronavirus pandemic. USA TODAY, "No students. No graduation. ‘Total devastation’ in college towns during coronavirus pandemic," 16 May 2020 In Cantonese imperial courts, egg drop soup was used as a way to showcase a chef’s finesse: the fine swirl of eggs, when done right, was meant to mimic the gelatinous texture of a clear stock fortified with rooster and Jinhua ham. Lucas Sin, Bon Appétit, "Any Soup Can Be Egg Drop Soup If You Want It to Be," 15 May 2020 In February 2019, the Advanced Research Foundation released a video (above) showing mini tanks that the army could deploy right next to infantry, plus swarms of quadrotor drones. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Says It's on the Brink of Robot Warfare," 7 May 2020 The fuzziness of a fresh buzzcut is one of the most pleasing feelings in the world, right next to getting in the shower, briefly scrubbing my scalp, then hopping out without a worry. Tatjana Freund, Marie Claire, "How to Make Your Hair Grow Faster, According to Hairstylists," 6 May 2020 While the hornets can dish out a pretty gruesome end to the bees, they can be served one right back by their own prey. Sara Kiley Watson, Outdoor Life, "Murder Hornets are Coming (But Probably Not for You)," 6 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb By closing OpenAg, M.I.T. is hoping to right the ship at the Media Lab, which has been without a leader since September. Noam Cohen, New York Times, "M.I.T. Closes ‘Food Computer’ Project After Scientists Raised Doubts," 13 May 2020 However, coach Jeremy Pruitt appears to be righting the ship. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Paul Finebaum: ‘Jeremy Pruitt is a really smart football coach,’ says Vols should be top-10 program," 7 May 2020 The maneuverings afterward of the acting Navy secretary at the time, Thomas B. Modly, to right a crisis in the Navy only deepened public interest. Eric Schmitt, BostonGlobe.com, "Navy leaders recommend reinstating Roosevelt captain fired over virus warning," 24 Apr. 2020 Pasta is not meant to right your emotional state, only match it and comfort it. Carla Ciccone, Bon Appétit, "Pasta Shapes For Your Emotional State," 25 Mar. 2020 Edwards struggles statewide Edwards had a strong start to her campaign and right out the gate raised over $560,000. Dallas News, "With MJ Hegar rising, Democratic Senate contest against Republican John Cornyn a race for second," 2 Mar. 2020 Two spotters leaped forward to catch him, but Daniel righted himself, regaining his balance. John Brant, Popular Mechanics, "At the Bionic Olympics, Engineers and Athletes Make Miracles," 27 Apr. 2020 Just this week, Tesla righted a wrong by adding the ability to view that footage on the car's center screen. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, "Our 2019 Tesla Model 3 Has Changed a Lot in Just Six Months," 16 Apr. 2020 The Buckeyes had righted the ship on their season, finishing with a 21-10 record and 11-9 in the Big Ten. Stephen Means, cleveland, "How did Ohio State basketball react to the NCAA and Big Ten Tournaments being canceled?," 13 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of right

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for right

Adjective

Middle English, from Old English riht; akin to Old High German reht right, Latin rectus straight, right, regere to lead straight, direct, rule, rogare to ask, Greek oregein to stretch out

Noun

Middle English, from Old English riht, from riht, adjective

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Time Traveler for right

Time Traveler

The first known use of right was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

8 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Right.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/right. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for right

right

adjective
How to pronounce right (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of right

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: morally or socially correct or acceptable
: agreeing with the facts or truth : accurate or correct
: speaking, acting, or judging in a way that agrees with the facts or truth

right

noun

English Language Learners Definition of right (Entry 2 of 4)

: behavior that is morally good or correct
: something that a person is or should be morally or legally allowed to have, get, or do
: the legal authority to reproduce, publish, broadcast, or sell something

right

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of right (Entry 3 of 4)

: in the exact location, position, or moment that is mentioned
: in a direct course or manner
: in a way that agrees with the facts or truth

right

verb

English Language Learners Definition of right (Entry 4 of 4)

: to make (something) right : to correct (something wrong or unjust)
: to return (something) to a proper state or condition
: to put (something or someone) back in an upright position

right

adjective
\ ˈrīt How to pronounce right (audio) \

Kids Definition of right

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : following or in accordance with what is just, good, or proper It's not right to lie.
2 : accurate, correct That's the right answer.
3 : suitable, appropriate He's the right person for the job.
4 : located on the side of the body away from the heart the right arm
5 : located nearer to the right side of the body than to the left the chair's right arm
6 : being or meant to be the side on top, in front, or on the outside The box landed right side up. Turn the socks right side out.
7 : in a normal or healthy state or condition I don't feel right today. That milk doesn't smell right.
8 : straight entry 1 sense 1 a right line

Other Words from right

rightly adverb
rightness noun

right

noun

Kids Definition of right (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : the ideal of what is just, good, or proper He hasn't learned right from wrong.
2 : something to which a person has a just claim the right to vote He has a right to be angry.
3 : the cause of truth or justice They fought for right.
4 : the right side : a part or location that is on or toward the right side My house is on the right.

right

adverb

Kids Definition of right (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : according to what is just, good, or proper She lives right.
2 : in the exact location, position, or moment : precisely It's right where you left it.
3 : in a direct line or course : straight Come right home.
4 : according to truth or fact You guessed right.
5 : in a suitable, proper, or desired way You're not doing it right.
6 : all the way We stayed right to the end of the game.
7 : without delay : immediately Let's go right after lunch.
8 : on or to the right turn right
9 : in a complete way He felt right at home here.
right away
: without delay : immediately The movie started playing right away.— R.J. Palacio, Wonder

right

verb
righted; righting

Kids Definition of right (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : to make better or more just If only we could right the world's wrongs.
2 : to adjust or restore to a proper state or condition
3 : to bring or bring back to an upright position I righted the books.
4 : to become upright The ship slowly righted again.

right

adjective
\ ˈrīt How to pronounce right (audio) \

Medical Definition of right

: of, relating to, or being the side of the body which is away from the heart and on which the hand is stronger in most people her right foot also : located nearer to this side than to the left

Other Words from right

right adverb

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right

noun
\ ˈrīt \

Legal Definition of right

1a : qualities (as adherence to duty or obedience to lawful authority) that together constitute the ideal of moral propriety or merit moral approval
b : something that is morally just able to distinguish right from wrong
2 : something to which one has a just claim: as
a : a power, privilege, or condition of existence to which one has a natural claim of enjoyment or possession the right of liberty that all men…are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rightsDeclaration of Independence — see also natural right
b : a power, privilege, immunity, or capacity the enjoyment of which is secured to a person by law one's constitutional rights
c : a legally enforceable claim against another that the other will do or will not do a given act the defendant may be under a legal duty…to exercise reasonable care for the plaintiff's safety, so that the plaintiff has a corresponding legal right to insist on that care— W. L. Prosser and W. P. Keeton
d : the interest that one has in property : a claim or title to property often used in pl.leasing mineral rights — see also real right
e plural : the interest in property possessed (as under copyright law) in an intangible thing and especially an item of intellectual property obtained publishing rights
3 : a privilege given stockholders to subscribe pro rata to a new issue of securities generally below market price
of right
1 : as an absolute right
2 : demandable or enforceable under the law an appeal of right

Other Words from right

rightful \ -​fəl How to pronounce rightful (audio) \ adjective
rightfully \ -​fə-​lē How to pronounce rightfully (audio) \ adverb

History and Etymology for right

Old English riht, from riht righteous

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