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’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 The 19-year-old slugger has been the buzz of the Grapefruit League, with effortless swings that have gone viral, including a double off the left-field wall on Sunday against the Yankees using just one hand. Michael Salfino, WSJ, "Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Looks Like a Can’t-Miss Prospect," 4 Mar. 2019 Vanessa has a dimple on each cheek while Veronica only has one on her left cheek. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "9 Hilarious Insider Facts About the Merrell Twins," 1 Mar. 2019 The left-handed hitter had three at-bats, including a walk and pop fly off a southpaw. Mark Didtler, The Seattle Times, "Yankees’ Tulowitzki hits in first simulated game," 20 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Amazon Prime Day is officially in full swing, and exclusive deals are popping up left and right. Tanisha Pina, Allure, "Maybelline New York Just Launched Exclusive Beauty Bundles for Amazon Prime Day," 16 July 2018 In 2015, parties on the left and right fell short of parity by district type. Magda Hinojosa, Washington Post, "Women won big in Mexico’s elections — taking nearly half the legislature’s seats. Here’s why.," 11 July 2018 His strong showing fits with a global trend of anti-establishment politics, from Donald Trump’s presidency in the U.S. to gains by parties of the left and right in Europe. Nacha Cattan, Bloomberg.com, "Mexico Heads to Polls With Leftist on Brink of Historic Victory," 1 July 2018 The site lines are clean except for the extreme side stage views on the left and right where the video screen behind Underwood was difficult to get a clear look at. Dan Deluca, Philly.com, "Carrie Underwood opens the new Hard Rock on comeback weekend in Atlantic City," 30 June 2018 In 2016 the left took Mrs. Clinton to task for her husband’s support of bipartisan efforts in the 1990s to reform welfare and stem the tide of crime. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "Biden Opposed Quotas in 1975—and He Was Right," 12 Mar. 2019 First, its asymmetrical grips (the right holder is slightly wider than the left) fit the asymmetrical joysticks. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "This Is the Grip I Use For My Nintendo Switch," 31 Dec. 2018 No more making that dreadful reach for the top left of your Galaxy Note. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Samsung’s new One UI software will make giant phones much easier to use," 7 Nov. 2018 On the left at eight o'clock are three tabs to control the little 4.2-inch display in the instrument panel. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Safety first, last, and always: The Subaru Ascent, reviewed," 25 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 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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