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 leftmost (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for left

Synonyms: Noun

left wing, leftism, liberalism

Antonyms: Noun

conservatism, illiberalism, immobilism, 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

Bend both knees until your left quad and right shin are parallel to the floor, your torso leaning slightly forward so your back is flat. Amy Marturana, SELF, "8 Strength Exercises All Beginners Should Learn How to Do," 2 May 2019 But maybe the delay affected Armstrong, who began the year on the injured list due to a left oblique strain. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Mariners keep home run streak alive but two Houston grand slams too much to overcome," 13 Apr. 2019 Fans think the host intentionally showed off her ringless left hand. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Wendy Williams Fans Think She Shaded Husband Kevin Hunter in Cryptic Instagram Post," 12 Apr. 2019 That’s an exaggeration, but the left’s unexpected defeat in the high-stakes and relatively high-turnout election is a notable turn from the last two years in the bellwether state. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Liberal Defeat in Wisconsin," 3 Apr. 2019 Lift your left toes so that just your heel touches the floor. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Strengthen Your Glutes and Hamstrings With This Pulsing Exercise From Celebrity Trainer Erin Oprea," 28 Mar. 2019 Mattel gave their first sneak peek at the BTS dolls earlier this week, beginning with a tweet on Tuesday, March 19 that featured a close-up shot of the doll version of RM and his iconic dimple in his left cheek. Allie Gemmill, Allure, "BTS's RM Mattel Doll Features RM's Iconic Dimple," 21 Mar. 2019 Mattel gave their first sneak peek at the BTS dolls earlier this week, beginning with a tweet on Tuesday, March 19 that featured a close-up shot of the doll version of RM and his iconic dimple in his left cheek. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "BTS's RM Mattel Doll Features RM's Iconic Dimple," 20 Mar. 2019 The couple announced the news on Instagram this evening with a photo of the baseball player holding the singer's hand, a sparkling diamond ring sitting on her left ring finger. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez Are Engaged and Her Ring Is Huge," 10 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

As soon as the guests arrive, they are seated according to their party—groom on the right, bride on the left—filling each tent with dozens of sunglasses, bright suits and kitenges. Caterina Clerici & Eléonore Hamelin, Marie Claire, "Rwanda's Future Is Female," 1 Feb. 2019 In it, Zach can be spotted sitting next to his wife, Tori, on the left. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Matt Roloff's Family Photo Has 'Little People, Big World' Fans Worried About Zach," 8 Oct. 2018 The announcement prompted criticism from opposition leaders from the right and the left, saying the interior minister should be focused on his job rather than getting ready to campaign for another position. Sylvie Corbet, The Seattle Times, "French interior minister quits in new blow to Macron," 2 Oct. 2018 Cheryshev, back in the starting line-up, cut in from the left, exchanged passes with Artem Dzyuba and skipped away from a Modric challenge before firing home a superb shot from 25 yards. Andy Scott, chicagotribune.com, "Croatia eliminate hosts Russia from World Cup on penalties," 7 July 2018 Since Ocasio-Cortez’s victory, many observers, including some DSA members, have compared DSA to the tea party for its potential to contest comfortable Democratic incumbents from the left. Christian Lorentzen, Daily Intelligencer, "Knocking on Doors With Julia Salazar," 6 July 2018 Ocasio-Cortez is one of the many Democrats challenging incumbents from the left. refinery29.com, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Just Defeated One Of The Most Powerful House Democrats," 27 June 2018 Feinstein is being challenged from the left for re-election by state Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles. Joe Garofoli, SFChronicle.com, "Feinstein: Wait till after midterms to replace Anthony Kennedy," 27 June 2018 Next, take a small section of hair to the left of your braid and add it to the middle. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "6 Super Cute Ways to Style Your Box Braids," 4 Feb. 2019

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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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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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