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left

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adjective \ ˈleft \

Definition of left

1 a :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

adverb

Examples of left in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology 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


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left

noun

Definition of left

1 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
2 a :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

leftmost

play \ˈleft-ˌmōst\ adjective

Examples of left in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of left

see 1left

left Synonyms


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left

Definition of left

  • past tense and past participle of leave

LEFT Defined for English Language Learners

left

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adjective

Definition of left for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of left for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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left

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adjective \ ˈleft \

Definition of left for Students

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

left

adverb
  • Take one step left.

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left

noun

Definition of left for Students

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

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left

Definition of left for Students

  • past tense and past participle of leave

Medical Dictionary

left

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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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