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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
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

Antonyms: Noun

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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 Rivera benched Haskins after three consecutive losses, and Allen started 9 of 13 for 74 yards passing and scored a rushing touchdown against the Rams before injuring his left (non-throwing) arm in the second quarter. Tom Canavan, baltimoresun.com, "Washington, Giants once again bringing up rear in NFC East," 18 Oct. 2020 Kyle Allen is expected to started for Washington (1-4), after he was knocked out of the Rams' game with a left arm injury. oregonlive, "New York Giants vs Washington FREE LIVE STREAM (10/18/2020): Score updates, odds, time, TV channel, how to watch online," 18 Oct. 2020 The manner of Guild’s death was natural and the causes were pulmonary thromboembolus, a blood clot in the lung, and a thrombus in the left popliteal vein, a vein in the leg, according to the coroner. Matt Sledge, NOLA.com, "Fentanyl, veterinary drug were in body of New Orleans jail inmate who overdosed, coroner says," 18 Oct. 2020 That conservative play calling was on display at the end of the first half when Kentucky was content with three consecutive runs into the middle of Tennessee’s defense with 1:36 left and multiple timeouts. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "With another historic win, Terry Wilson sends message to those calling for UK QB switch," 18 Oct. 2020 One problem: Sori-Marin missed most of his sophomore and junior seasons because of injuries to first his left collarbone, then his right collarbone. Randy Johnson, Star Tribune, "Gophers' Mariano Sori-Marin combines intelligence, instinct to become a punishing tackler," 18 Oct. 2020 Sunday’s harsh statement played down the insurgents’ 10-day attack on areas around Helmand’s provincial capital, which has forced thousands of villagers to flee their homes, left scores wounded and hospitalized. Washington Post, "Despite 10-day assault in Helmand, Afghan Taliban accuses U.S. military of violating February accord," 18 Oct. 2020 The motorcycle then hit another car in the left lane of the highway. Jane Morice | Jmorice@cleveland.com, cleveland, "Elyria man, woman seriously hurt in Interstate 71 motorcycle crash," 18 Oct. 2020 Rivera benched Haskins after three consecutive losses, and Allen started 9 of 13 for 74 yards passing and scored a rushing touchdown against the Rams before injuring his left (non-throwing) arm in the second quarter. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Washington vs. Giants live stream (10/18): How to watch NFL Week 6 online, TV, time," 18 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The preliminary count also shows a major swing to the left, with Labour picking up a significant boost on last election's 37%, while its current coalition partner the Green Party is sitting on 7.8%, up on last election's 6.3%. Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern heading for election victory, preliminary results show," 17 Oct. 2020 With 97% of the vote counted, Labour had 49% after a huge swing to the left in many urban and provincial electorates. Ainsley Thomson, Bloomberg.com, "Ardern Storms to Historic Election Victory After Crushing Covid," 17 Oct. 2020 Even as America’s professional class has moved sharply to the left, bringing many of the country’s institutions with it, the Senate is going on six years of Republican control. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Packing the U.S. Senate," 16 Oct. 2020 Brian Fallon, a former Senate aide who runs Demand Justice, an organization that works to push the judiciary to the left, called Thursday for Feinstein to step down as top Democrat on the committee. Tal Kopan, SFChronicle.com, "Dianne Feinstein faces calls to step aside after Amy Coney Barrett hearing," 15 Oct. 2020 Symbols representing precipitation type and intensity will appear directly to the left of a station plot. Dennis Mersereau, Outside Online, "How to Read a Surface Weather Map," 15 Oct. 2020 The person was about 300 yards to the left, flying at the same altitude as the plane — about 3,000 feet, the pilot said. NBC News, "Another jetpack reported thousands of feet above Los Angeles," 15 Oct. 2020 Follow the road for 1.8 miles to the trailhead sign, and take a short spur road to the left to reach the trailhead. oregonlive, "Hiking through the Tillamook Burn: An Oregon forest recovers, decades after devastating fires," 14 Oct. 2020 This year that could change as suburban communities around the country have increasingly shifted more to the left politically, and there is no incumbent for voters to latch on to. Kaitlin Lange, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana's 5th Congressional District: Christina Hale outraises Victoria Spartz again," 14 Oct. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for left

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The first known use of left was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

21 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Left.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/left. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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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
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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.

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Kids Definition of left (Entry 3 of 3)

past tense and past participle of leave

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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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