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

That leaves 75 defensive line snaps on the left side. Dan Labbe, cleveland.com, "Will Olivier Vernon be effective from the left side? Cleveland Browns 19 questions," 10 July 2019 Lueck's arms had been bound behind her back with rope and a zip tie, and there was a 5-centimeter (2-inch) hole on the left side of her head, the charging document says. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "Utah man charged with murder in Mackenzie Lueck's killing," 10 July 2019 Kristoff opened up the sprint in the final stretch but could not hold off Viviani on the left side of the road. Samuel Petrequin, BostonGlobe.com, "Elia Viviani edges the competition to win Stage 4," 9 July 2019 Creason, as mentioned, shifted from the left side to the right. Michael Lev, azcentral, "Counting down the most valuable Arizona Wildcats for 2019 football season," 9 July 2019 Running down the left side of the worksheet was a list of reading-comprehension skills: finding the main idea, making inferences, making predictions. Natalie Wexler, The Atlantic, "Elementary Education Has Gone Terribly Wrong," 9 July 2019 Even with that, Dahl had a short stint on the injury list in April, missing 10 days because of a left-side core injury. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "David Dahl overcomes injuries on way to All-Star Game," 9 July 2019 Kristoff opened up the sprint in the final stretch but could not hold off Viviani on the left side of the road. baltimoresun.com, "Tour de France: Viviani storms bunch sprint to win Stage 4," 9 July 2019 Sane made only 21 Premier League starts for the English champions last season, with the form of Raheem Sterling from Sane's position on the left hand side impacting the German international's status in the team. SI.com, "Exclusive: Leroy Sane Open to Joining Bayern Munich as Man City Set Asking Price," 9 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

To the left of the fireplace a jade shrub (brightened by sunlight) crouches, while on the fireplace’s right, another jade bush sits in a tall planter. Catherine Romano, WSJ, "A Yard With No Lawn But Plenty of Greenery," 12 July 2019 Facing the stone building, find a walkway off to the left that rises and climbs over some concrete steps. Charles Fleming, latimes.com, "L.A. Walks: Explore an old winery site on a La Crescenta ramble," 12 July 2019 Cuellar, an eight-term moderate who has easily secured reelection for years, is being targeted by the left in next year’s Democratic primary. Dallas News, "Texans Cornyn, Cuellar among top recipients of campaign donations from private detention company PAC," 10 July 2019 Instead Stephen Curry took it upon himself to rail a ridiculous game-tying 3-pointer with a half-second left. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "NBA institutes coach challenges; 5 times one would have come in handy for Steve Kerr," 10 July 2019 For big donors wary of the party’s turn to the left—and of Warren’s and Sanders’s promises to change the regulatory environment—Buttigieg is an exciting new candidate. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "What Does Big Tech Want From Buttigieg?," 9 July 2019 The left tackle allowed the fewest amount of sacks in his career (4). Tyler Dragon, Cincinnati.com, "NFL Preseason All-AFC North Team: A look at the top offensive linemen in the division," 9 July 2019 Yet while many Brazilians associate participatory institutions with Brazil’s leftist Workers’ Party, many of the most prominent participatory councils were created under centrist and right-wing presidents before the left gained power. Lindsay Mayka, Vox, "Brazil’s Supreme Court pushed back against an attempt to cancel participatory councils," 8 July 2019 The second-term Massachusetts senator is a leader of the Democratic Party's populist left, and has sworn off high-dollar fundraisers. Zak Hudak, CBS News, "Elizabeth Warren says she raised $19 million in the second quarter of the year," 8 July 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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The first known use of left was in the 13th century

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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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