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

The outing provided a bit of relief for the Royals, who just placed starting pitcher Ian Kennedy back on the disabled list because of a left oblique strain. Maria Torres, kansascity, "The Royals’ rotation is falling apart. They may have found hope in another Rule 5 get," 11 July 2018 Marta, who’s recovering from a left calf strain, trained for about 30 percent of Friday’s training session, Sermanni confirmed. Mike Gramajo, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando Pride’s Carson Pickett thriving after return to her home state," 11 June 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The 26-year-old left-handed shot has played in 324 career AHL games and 30 more in the NHL. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Panthers sign defenseman Julian Melchiori to play on AHL blue line," 13 July 2018 The victory also marked their league-leading eighth walkoff win of the year and their first victory against a left-handed starter this month. Kerry Crowley, sacbee, "Buster Posey has hip pain, but he has Giants feeling good in walkoff win over Cubs," 11 July 2018 According to the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute, which opposes right-to-work, the policy is not associated with job gains, but it is associated with wage losses. Allison Kite, kansascity, "Could Missouri's right-to-work vote be a 'turnaround' for labor? Unions hope so.," 10 July 2018 The National Republicans had previously declined to comment or distance themselves from Grossman’s comments, posted on YouTube by the left-leaning American Bridge super PAC and first reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News on June 11. Amy S. Rosenberg, Philly.com, "National GOP withdraws support for South Jersey congressional candidate Seth Grossman over 'bigotry'," 9 July 2018 The second incident came when journalists at the left-leaning Splinter news organization acquired and published the cell phone number of Stephen Miller, a senior White House advisor and gleeful foe of immigration. Jessi Hempel, WIRED, "Immigration Fight Shows Silicon Valley Must Stop Feigning Neutrality," 8 July 2018 After graduating from Seminole High School, Harvey tried out as a left-handed pitcher with Raines’ original team, the Montreal Expos. Stephen Ruiz, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Umpires rally around Sanford peer after infection costs him his legs," 6 July 2018 Valdez's campaign has sought to portray Abbott as a big money insider who does not care about average Texans, a theme that the Abbott campaign has countered by labeling her as a left-leaning liberal who is out of touch with most Texans' values. Houston Chronicle, "Records: Lupe Valdez pays overdue property taxes," 2 July 2018 Some of that depth, from the left-handed Joey Lucchesi to Eric Lauer to Jose Castillo, has made its way to Petco Park this year and Logan Allen, an All-Star at Double-A San Antonio, is knocking on the door. Jeff Sanders, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Left-handers on the rise in Padres system," 18 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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