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

So does cornerback Bryce Callahan, who broke his left foot against the Rams on Dec. 9 and missed the rest of the season. Andrew Seligman, The Seattle Times, "Bears come to grips with cruel end to breakthrough season," 7 Jan. 2019 But Sanders actually did not amass the most left-wing voting record in the 115th Senate. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Beto O’Rourke’s voting record is more conservative than the average Democrat’s," 21 Dec. 2018 In the same vein, there’s gonna be, a lot of different platforms are gonna start for the right-wing people, for the left-wing people. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: Casey Newton and Louie Swisher on the 300th episode of Recode Decode," 2 Dec. 2018 Chronic skepticism and the cognitive DDoS will increase polarization, leading to a consolidation of trust in distinct sets of right and left-wing authority figures – thought oligarchs speaking to entirely separate groups. Casey Newton, The Verge, "A looming strike over Project Dragonfly is putting new pressure on Google," 30 Nov. 2018 Yao had several injuries in his career, including fracturing his left foot three different times, that forced him to retire early. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Former Rockets star Yao Ming fulfills promise, gets college degree," 13 July 2018 Virsajko lobbed in a better cross from the right, and Perisic ran around both Trippier and Walker to stab it home with his left foot. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Croatia Digs Deeper, Burying England’s World Cup Dreams," 12 July 2018 Moody was on the BBE bench with ice on his left foot. Aaron Reiss And Alex Schiffer, kansascity, "Mizzou basketball’s most-coveted 2019 prospect has a new potential suitor: Duke," 12 July 2018 John Stones was slow to pick up Mandzukic’s run onto a Perisic header, and Pickford was beaten by a left-foot shot that sealed England’s fate and sent Croatia into dreamland. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Croatia tops England in extra time to reach World Cup final," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

One may ask: Have many moderate voters concluded that a Democratic presidency as defined by the party’s resurgent left is simply unacceptable? Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Trump at the Turn," 2 Jan. 2019 On the left is a map that shows which specific pixels within that thumbnail image were most responsible for the strong match. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "How computers got shockingly good at recognizing images," 18 Dec. 2018 Our microwave sits discreetly in an upper cabinet in our galley kitchen, bordered by storage cabinets to the left and a full-height pantry to the right. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Why I love having a microwave in my camper van," 20 Dec. 2018 The right side of the palette are all warm shades like oranges and golds, while the left has cooler shades like turquoise and emerald. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "We Put Rihanna's Fenty Beauty Moroccan Spice Collection To The Test," 11 July 2018 About the way the left and right media ecosystems have developed. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: Ezra Klein and Kara Swisher on the future of journalism," 12 Dec. 2018 Conformal wing tanks fitted over the left and right wing roots supply 600 gallons per tank, allowing the F-16V to fly farther than previous F-16 versions. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Slovakia Becomes the Newest—and Smallest—Country to Fly the F-16," 4 Dec. 2018 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

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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 \

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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