left

adjective
\ ˈleft \

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 \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for left

Synonyms: Noun

leftism, liberalism

Antonyms: Noun

conservatism, right

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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

But as Aguilar continued toward second, the ball deflected off the runner into left center field, and the Brewers’ first baseman rounded the bases toward home. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Minnesota Twins took the long route on this crazy double play," 3 July 2018 Incredibly, this is not the Fast & Furious franchise’s most left-field casting coup. Julie Miller, HWD, "The Crown’s Princess Margaret and The Rock Are Making a Fast & Furious Spin-Off Together," 3 July 2018 Gray got ahead of Devers 1-2 but floated a waist-high curveball that Devers lofted just over the left-field wall. Jake Seiner, courant.com, "Sale Pitches Gem, Devers Slams Gray As Sox Whip Yankees," 30 June 2018 Switch-hitter Adalberto Mondesi jumped on Hader’s first pitch, a fastball, and lined it off the wall in the left-field corner for what became a two-run single. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Royals 5, Brewers 4: Baseball's lowest-scoring team turns it around in a hurry," 27 June 2018 Joe Rycerz blasted his sixth home run over the left-field wall to increase the lead 4-0. Rich Torres, Indianapolis Star, "Andrean ace Michael Doolin leads 59ers to 3A title," 16 June 2018 When Melvin Townes looks in the mirror, his eyes jump to the small scar just below his left eye. Talia Richman, baltimoresun.com, "'I only ever wanted justice,' says 18-year-old allegedly assaulted by Baltimore officer," 14 July 2018 Postproduction involves combining the two video feeds into a single file that includes a left-eye and a right-eye perspective; when viewed through a VR headset, the images combine and appear to be a single 3-D picture. David M. Ewalt, WSJ, "The First Real Boom in Virtual Reality? It’s Pornography.," 11 July 2018 And Bryan Fenkart's Pomatter demonstrates a Chaplinesque physicality that's entertaining if out-of-left-field strange. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "In the world of Waitress, almost all sins can be forgiven with a song," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Ms Ocasio-Cortez also argues for abolishing the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE), which is charged with rounding up and deporting undocumented migrants—a position gaining popularity on the left of the party. The Economist, "The L wordWho is a Democrat?," 12 July 2018 Markle stood with Prince Harry to the left of the Queen while watching the flypast above the palace. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Bonds with the Queen and Her Royal In-Laws on the Buckingham Palace Balcony," 10 July 2018 Such explanations, however, have done little to appease supporters of Ms. Nixon, who is running to the left of Mr. Cuomo, who has been a centrist for much of his four decades in politics. Jesse Mckinley, New York Times, "As Cuomo Rallies for Abortion Rights, Nixon Questions His Bona Fides," 10 July 2018 Nixon, who is attempting to position herself to the left of incumbent Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has repeatedly used the phrase to describe the federal government agency that enforces immigration laws. Alex Pappas, Fox News, "White House: 'Deeply disturbing' for Cynthia Nixon to call ICE a 'terrorist organization'," 9 July 2018 Those lucky enough to see the 2018 lunar eclipse could also be treated to a view of Mars and the Milky Way, which will be to the left of the moon. Time, "Practically Everyone in the World Will See the Longest Eclipse of the Century on July 27. Here's What to Know," 3 July 2018 These are solid Democratic positions and not much to the left of where the liberal Crowley stood. Frank Rich, Daily Intelligencer, "Rot on the Right, Green Shoots on the Left," 28 June 2018 Each of these are to the left of where the mainstream Democratic party is at right now. Josh Hoxie, Fortune, "What Ocasio-Cortez’s Win Says About the Rise of the Left," 27 June 2018 Plastic spoons are stored to the left of the salsa bar. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Chicago's taco game is strong: these 3 spots prove the taqueria, if nothing else, abides," 27 June 2018

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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

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

Noun

see left entry 1

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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 \

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 \

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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