left

adjective
\ ˈleft How to pronounce left (audio) \

Definition of left

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : of, relating to, situated on, or being the side of the body in which the heart is mostly located her left leg
b : done with the left hand a left hook to the jaw
c : located nearer to the left hand than to the right a man's left chest
d(1) : located on the left of an observer facing in the same direction as the object specified stage left the left arm of a chair
(2) : located on the left when facing downstream the left bank of a river
2 often capitalized : of, adhering to, or constituted by the left especially in politics this left government with a cabinet of moderate liberals— F. A. Magruder

left

noun

Definition of left (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : 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
2a : left field
b : a blow struck with the left fist
3 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
4 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

Definition of left (Entry 3 of 3)

past tense and past participle of leave

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Other Words from left

Adjective

left adverb

Noun

leftmost \ ˈleft-​ˌmōst How to pronounce left (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for left

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of left in a Sentence

Adjective He felt a pain in his left side. He hit him with a left hook to the jaw. the left side of the street Noun We read from left to right. You'll take two lefts and then a right. He hit him with two quick lefts to the stomach followed by a right to the jaw.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The smoke shop’s video camera captured the same large dent on the left side of the Subaru’s hood, Foote said. oregonlive, 9 Oct. 2021 The winning goal was created by another junior, Katherine King, who made a run down the left side from midfield before sending the ball across to Ajello. Randy Mcroberts, baltimoresun.com, 8 Oct. 2021 In addition to fever, diverticulitis can also cause pain on the left side of your abdomen, which can be severe and sudden or mild and increase over time. Colleen Stinchcombe, Health.com, 8 Oct. 2021 The left side of the line, tackle Isaiah Wynn and guard Mike Onwenu, are on the COVID-19 list, while the right side of tackle Trent Brown (calf) and guard Shaq Mason (abdomen) are dealing with injuries. BostonGlobe.com, 8 Oct. 2021 Perpetual icons on the left side of the screen allow for quick access to phone, navigation and audio controls, while dedicated buttons and dials below the screen operate the dual-zone automatic climate control system. Karl Brauer, Forbes, 7 Oct. 2021 Five bolts of intentional shrapnel were embedded in his left side. NBC News, 7 Oct. 2021 The design also features new, dedicated left-turn lanes on Miller westbound leading to I-77 southbound. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 27 Sep. 2021 Sarah Pratt, 34, was a passenger on a southbound 2001 Honda Shadow motorcycle at around 7:44 p.m. when the motorcycle was hit by a 2008 Pontiac Solstice that was attempting to make a left turn from the highway onto McQuay Avenue, the report said. Jack Mitchell, Arkansas Online, 21 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The move almost catalyzed catastrophe, as Stanton nearly knocked down the Wall in left-center with a 115-m.p.h. BostonGlobe.com, 6 Oct. 2021 But the ball kicked off the upper reaches of the wall in left-center. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 6 Oct. 2021 Marsh drove a 2-2 fastball out to deep left-center and Moore was unable to run down the deep flyball, allowing both Rengifo and Fletcher to score. Tim Booth, ajc, 2 Oct. 2021 Seattle’s cleanup man drove it into the gap in left-center to score two runs. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Sep. 2021 On the next pitch, Asdrúbal Cabrera lifted a sacrifice fly into left-center to drive in DeShields. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 18 Sep. 2021 Paddack was pulled in favor of right-hander Craig Stammen, whose first pitch, a 93-mph sinker, was slammed by Betts over the wall in left-center for a three-run homer — his 20th of the season—and a 5-2 lead. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, 11 Sep. 2021 McCutchen’s shot off Trevor Rogers landed over the wall in left-center. sun-sentinel.com, 5 Sep. 2021 Severino pounded Jake Petricka’s first offering, an elevated sinker, into the Orioles’ bullpen in left-center. Nathan Ruiz, baltimoresun.com, 26 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of left

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for left

Adjective and Noun

Middle English, from Old English, weak; akin to Middle Low German lucht left; from the left hand's being the weaker in most individuals

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The first known use of left was in the 13th century

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left

left and right

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10 Oct 2021

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“Left.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/left. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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left

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of left

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

left

noun

English Language Learners Definition of left (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

left

adjective
\ ˈleft How to pronounce left (audio) \

Kids Definition of left

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : located on the same side of the body as the heart the left leg
2 : located nearer to the left side of the body than to the right the left side of the road

Other Words from left

left adverb Take one step left.

left

noun

Kids Definition of left (Entry 2 of 3)

: the left side : a part or location on or toward the left side Read from left to right.

left

Kids Definition of left (Entry 3 of 3)

past tense and past participle of leave

left

adjective
\ ˈleft How to pronounce left (audio) \

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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