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

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

From left to right, Gary Patton, Tim Wigger, Fred Lindsley (an alternate) and Sali Talib. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "To Stay Speedy in His 70s, He Got Buff," 8 Dec. 2018 In other de-platforming news, PayPal shut down accounts on both the far left and the far right today. Casey Newton, The Verge, "One easy thing Facebook should do in Myanmar," 10 Nov. 2018 Some people on the left felt her comments were too little, too late, while conservative pundits (the majority of them male) did their fair share of complaining on Twitter and television. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Taylor Swift and Her Mom Just Voted—and They Want You to Do the Same," 31 Oct. 2018 The two eventually worked it out and Lambert's tattoo of two Colt .45 pistols with wings on her left forearm has become her default logo. Sasha Savitsky, Fox News, "9 things you didn't know about Miranda Lambert," 28 Sep. 2018 Simpson, with the sideline to his left, began to size up the situation at about the 8-yard line, dropping the ball to his right. Jim Owczarski, Cincinnati.com, "The No. 2 Cincinnati Bengals play in last 30 years: Jerome Simpson’s flip," 12 July 2018 Also featured in the picture above are Moe Dunford (second from the left), an Irish actor who is best known for his role on the show Vikings, and Barry Keoghan (far left), who starred in Dunkirk and The Killing of a Sacred Deer last year. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Harry Had a Laugh with Outlander Star Caitriona Balfe in Dublin," 11 July 2018 There are stars on the collarbones to symbolize thievery, the Russian abbreviation for the Soviet Union (CCCP) on the left forearm, and the common Russki jailbird tattoo of St. Basil on the chest. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Decoding the Georgian and Russian Symbols at Vetements," 2 July 2018 Ontiveros then retired the next two batters before Williams bashed a shot to deep left to score both runs. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "Little League baseball: Pearland East wins District 15 title," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Inslee has also made a bit of a name for himself as a fighter, especially on a few issues that matter to the far left — which is who dominates Democratic caucuses. Danny Westneat, The Seattle Times, "If Jay Inslee runs for president, his biggest accomplishment may be his undoing," 28 Nov. 2018 Even a Churchillian acknowledgment from the left that American culture is the least-bad choice would be progress. Bobby Jindal, WSJ, "Conservatism Isn’t Dead Yet," 25 Nov. 2018 Fans of counterculture literature will also enjoy the fact that Jack Kerouac, Hunter S. Thompson, and Henry Miller all have ties to Big Sur—and the latter left behind a museum filled with Beat-era books and memorabilia. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Most Beautiful Towns in America," 21 Sep. 2018 In the upper left of this view is Aristoteles, a large impact crater. Miguel Claro, Space.com, "See the Moon in All Its Cratered, Groovy Glory (Photo)," 25 July 2018 The left is making an early bid to set the highest bar possible for the 2020 Democratic climate change agenda. David Roberts, Vox, "Climate activists to Nancy Pelosi: go big or we won’t go home," 14 Nov. 2018 Now look at New Jersey, where the left is either silent or is urging voters to re-elect Mr. Menendez despite his severe admonishment by the Senate for corruption. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Bob Menendez vs. Roy Moore," 29 Oct. 2018 The desire to demonize the left is misleading, and obviously so. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "We're Living in a Time of Cruel Laughing Men," 17 Oct. 2018 On the left is a series of buttons and screens that show off reproductions of screens from the film, showing off maps and docking sequences. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Talking to Master Replicas’ Hal 9000 smart speaker sent chills down my spine," 6 Oct. 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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