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

leftism, liberalism

Antonyms: Noun

conservatism, 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

To his left his 44-year-old daughter, Maryam, occasionally adjusted her white veil. The Economist, "Nawaz Sharif returns to Pakistan, and jail," 14 July 2018 Left back Mohamed El-Munir is back at his usual position after being deployed as a left winger in Orlando City’s 4-1 loss to LAFC. Jordan Culver, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City goalkeeper Joe Bendik benched, lineup changes for Lions," 14 July 2018 Other left-wing advocacy groups, such as Swing Left and Indivisible, are helping to recruit volunteers and generate grass-roots support in competitive districts. New York Times, "4,500 Tech Workers, 1 Mission: Get Democrats Elected," 13 July 2018 The left-handed-hitting, versatile Cory Spangenberg was optioned out for relief depth early this week, forcing the Padres to wait 10 days before recalling him. Jeff Sanders, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres' Franmil Reyes savoring teachable moments," 13 July 2018 Drag queens, including Liquorice Black (far left), Maryanne Misandry (front centre) and Very Berry (far right), gather to protest Trump's visit in Soho, central London on July 13. Ciara Nugent, Time, "Explosive Comments from Trump Kick Off Day of Mass Protests in the U.K.," 13 July 2018 The woman, whose grey Nissan Maxima landed in a ditch, suffered abrasions to her left side legs and arms and was transported to Palomar Medical Center Escondido, said California Highway Patrol Officer Mike Ensign. Ramona Sentinel, "Woman injured in Third Street collision," 13 July 2018 In the 50th minute, Ohai shot from the left corner of the box. Parth Upadhyaya, Houston Chronicle, "Rachel Daly's brace carries Dash over Pride," 12 July 2018 Croatia tied the score after Rakitic switched the ball from left flank to right, where Vrsaljko crossed. Ronald Blum, The Christian Science Monitor, "Croatia will make its first-ever appearance in World Cup final," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Cherries struggled for consistency in the left back position last season, with Charlie Daniels the primary candidate for the role, though Tyrone Mings and Nathan Ake were also called upon to fill the position by Howe. SI.com, "Bournemouth Switch Attention to Leganes Full Back as Cherries Baulk at Kieran Tierney Asking Price," 13 July 2018 And now that Strzok has handed the left a reason to hold him up as a spokesman for the GOP undermining of the Russia investigation, the Strzok-Rorschach test isn't likely to go away anytime soon. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, "Peter Strzok, the symbol of whatever you want him to be in the Russia investigation," 13 July 2018 The comparison has clear fault lines: Pressley, the first black woman elected to the Boston City Council, is a more established pol than Ocasio-Cortez, and politically, Capuano is further to the left than Crowley. James Pindell, BostonGlobe.com, "Suddenly every Democrat is the next Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Just ask them," 13 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 Capuano is among the most liberal House members, not leaving much room on the left for Pressley. Steve Leblanc, The Christian Science Monitor, "After New York's electoral upset, eyes turn to Massachusetts," 9 July 2018 The 26-year-old left-handed shot has played in 324 career AHL games and 30 more in the NHL. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Panthers sign defenseman Julian Melchiori to play on AHL blue line," 13 July 2018 The victory also marked their league-leading eighth walkoff win of the year and their first victory against a left-handed starter this month. Kerry Crowley, sacbee, "Buster Posey has hip pain, but he has Giants feeling good in walkoff win over Cubs," 11 July 2018 According to the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute, which opposes right-to-work, the policy is not associated with job gains, but it is associated with wage losses. Allison Kite, kansascity, "Could Missouri's right-to-work vote be a 'turnaround' for labor? Unions hope so.," 10 July 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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