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
6 : genuine, real
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 plural mineral 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

Synonyms & Antonyms for right

Synonyms: Adjective

accurate, authentic, exact, faithful, precise, strict, true, veracious

Synonyms: Noun

appanage (also apanage), birthright, prerogative

Synonyms: Adverb

due, exactly, full, just, precisely, sharp, smack-dab, squarely

Antonyms: Adjective

corrupt, corrupted, false, imprecise, inaccurate, inauthentic, inexact, loose, unfaithful

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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

The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback will undergo surgery on his right elbow and be placed on injured reserve, ending the 37-year-old’s 16th season just two weeks in. BostonGlobe.com, "PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger’s season is over.," 17 Sep. 2019 Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers, right elbow Ben Roethlisberger's 2019 season comes to an end after just two games. Bill Enright, SI.com, "Week 3 Fantasy Football Injury Report," 17 Sep. 2019 The longtime Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback left Sunday’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks at halftime with obvious pain in his right elbow. Los Angeles Times, "The Sports Report: Has Kenley Jansen finally found his groove?," 17 Sep. 2019 The Steelers quarterback will undergo surgery on his right elbow and be placed on injured reserve, ending his 16th season just two weeks in. Will Graves, chicagotribune.com, "Ben Roethlisberger will miss the rest of the Steelers season after undergoing elbow surgery," 16 Sep. 2019 Mack’s work also helped pay off for Wilkins, who saw an enormous seam open over the right side in the fourth quarter, hit it hard and ripped off a 55-yard gain to set up the winning touchdown pass from Jacoby Brissett to T.Y. Hilton. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Thumbs up, thumbs down: Colts get good and bad from Jacoby Brissett's second start," 16 Sep. 2019 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sustained a right elbow injury in second quarter of the team’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks, drawing them even with the Bengals at 0-2 this season. Tyler Dragon, Cincinnati.com, "Rough Week 2 for both Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers," 15 Sep. 2019 On the first play from scrimmage, Rodgers found Davante Adams deep up the right side for 39 yards for a first down on the Vikings’ 36. Jim Hoehn / Special To The Pioneer Press, Twin Cities, "Slow start doomed Vikings. But defense shut down Packers after that.," 15 Sep. 2019 The student suffered minor scrapes to his knuckles, right elbow and knee, according to the report. NBC News, "Two arrested in racist attack on black student at University of Arizona," 14 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Typically, businesses have the right to decide who is and isn't allowed on their private property and what rules of behavior people must follow. Clare Duffy, CNN, "Asking customers not to bring guns into stores is one thing. Enforcing the policy is another," 17 Sep. 2019 Americans have a right to know who is paying to influence them regardless of where ads are sold. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Snap launches political ads library," 17 Sep. 2019 WarnerMedia, too, owns a percentage of Seinfeld and will benefit from the Netflix deal despite not having rights to air it on its upcoming HBO Max streamer. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "Netflix Snags ‘Seinfeld’ in Five-Year Sony Pact," 16 Sep. 2019 Then came a recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, followed by a qualified U.S. statement that Israel has the right to annex portions of the West Bank. Gilead Sher, Time, "Netanyahu's Defense Treaty with Trump Is a Bad Idea. Just as Well It's Only a Gimmick," 16 Sep. 2019 The Broncos have every right to be angry over the roughing call on Bradley Chubb. Albert Breer, SI.com, "Brees and Big Ben Concerns, the Ryan-Julio Hookup, Dak’s Magic and Poised Josh Allen: Week 2 in the NFL," 16 Sep. 2019 The 31-year-old right-hander signed a two-year, $15.5 million contract with the Padres in December. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Garrett Richards’ Padres debut is Monday," 14 Sep. 2019 The 23-year old right-hander, one of the top pitching prospects in the Rockies’ organization, was limited to 10 starts for Triple-A Albuquerque this season due to bone fragments in his elbow. Jeff Bailey, The Denver Post, "Rockies Insider: A four-step plan to improving Colorado’s first base situation heading into 2020," 13 Sep. 2019 Last outing: The Detroit Tigers scored two runs on Bailey but the right-hander pitched 6 1/3 solid innings and struck out two batters. Chris Wassel, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Oakland Athletics at Houston Astros odds, picks and betting tips," 12 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

But the Jets gave it right back when Le’Veon Bell was stripped by Joe Schobert deep in Browns territory and T.J. Carrie recovered and returned it to the 10. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland.com, "Browns overpower Jets, 23-3, as Odell Beckham and Myles Garrett get revenge on Gregg Williams," 17 Sep. 2019 Then Gary Lineker - whose become quite the provocateur in this season of MOTD - did this in the intro to Liverpool vs. Newcastle, and the whole thing was thrown right back into the limelight. SI.com, "LOL: The Best Memes & Funnies From Around the Football World This Gameweek," 17 Sep. 2019 Evanston forced a punt early in the second half, but a roughing the kicker penalty gave the ball right back to Palatine. Jon J. Kerr, chicagotribune.com, "Football notebook: Notre Dame makes a statement, fends off Marist," 16 Sep. 2019 Knowles recovered a fumble that was forced by Trajan Bandy to give UM the ball right back with 16 seconds before intermission. David Furones, sun-sentinel.com, "Just what they needed: Miami Hurricanes win home opener convincingly over Bethune-Cookman," 15 Sep. 2019 The hosts marched right back the other way on five plays, capped by a 37-yard run up the left boundary by Bob McNamara with 2:31 to go in the period. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "Denver Broncos home openers turn 60: Different time, same love affair," 15 Sep. 2019 The Mustangs answered right back with a 16-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Rines to Tray Duncan to score with just over six minutes left before halftime. Al.com Reports, al, "Birmingham Week 4 HS football roundup: Vestavia Hills, Mountain Brook, Midfield earn wins," 14 Sep. 2019 Trump and his appointees have certainly changed some executive-branch practices, but the next president who disagrees with the new ones will be able to change them right back. Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review, "What’s Next for the GOP on Immigration?," 12 Sep. 2019 In her freshman year, the Hawks were loaded with experienced midfielders, so Sophia accepted a spot at right back. Glenn Graham, baltimoresun.com, "River Hill’s Elguera twins hope to cap varsity soccer careers with titles — and celebrate Argentinian style," 11 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Abdullah is the first pro-India politician who has been arrested under the Public Safety Act, under which rights activists say more than 20,000 Kashmiris have been detained in the last two decades. Washington Post, "India arrests senior Kashmir leader under controversial law," 16 Sep. 2019 Investigative reporting that rights wrongs and makes our community a better place to live. Cincinnati.com, "Investigative reporting that rights wrongs and makes our community a better place to live.," 14 Sep. 2019 The 75-foot vessel, which was lying inverted on the ocean floor near Santa Barbara, has been up-righted but remains submerged in about 60 feet of water, sheriff’s officials said. Carlos Lozano, Los Angeles Times, "Salvage efforts to recover Conception dive boat off Santa Cruz Island have been suspended," 7 Sep. 2019 The team, from the nonprofit Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, is awaiting a verdict in a trial that rights groups say has been marred by abuses and accusations of torture. Ben Guarino, BostonGlobe.com, "Environmentalists filmed Iran’s cheetahs. They could be executed for spying.," 25 Aug. 2019 Sanford, who has grown increasingly discouraged by the president's spending and the growing deficit crisis, would focus his campaign on righting the economic policies of the president and the GOP. Nicole Sganga, CBS News, "Despite long odds, Republican Trump naysayers are seeing what the mood is in New Hampshire," 21 Aug. 2019 This episode also has a lesson in righting your mistakes when Ross accidentally injures a little girl (a pre-famous Mae Whitman). Whitney Friedlander, CNN, "The 25 most relatable 'Friends' episodes as the show turns 25," 16 Aug. 2019 So what does the Media Lab need to do to right itself, and chart a different course in the post-Ito era? BostonGlobe.com, "Can the MIT Media Lab save itself? - The Boston Globe," 16 Sep. 2019 The Americans deserve a chance to right themselves for the Olympics. Sean Gregory, Time, "Team USA Basketball Lost to France — Yes, France. But it's Not Time to Panic Yet," 11 Sep. 2019

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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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right

adjective

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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