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 left (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 Marcell Ozuna lined out to the warning track in both left and right on an 0-for-5 night, dipping to .195. Ben Nuckols, ajc, "Two-way star: Braves' Ynoa hits slam, slams door on Nats," 5 May 2021 The left guard competition should be one of the best in training camp with Powers, Ben Bredeson and rookie Ben Cleveland battling for the starting spot. Mike Preston, baltimoresun.com, "Mike Preston: Ravens offensive line will take time to build, even with pieces in place | COMMENTARY," 4 May 2021 Kershaw, a jacket draped over his left arm, didn’t plead his case to stay in the game. Los Angeles Times, "Clayton Kershaw has worst start and Dodgers swept by Cubs in doubleheader," 4 May 2021 Unlike some previous versions of the bill, Senate Bill 574 would not allow motorcyclists to use either the left or right shoulders of the highway to advance through slowed or stopped traffic. oregonlive, "Motorcyclists in Oregon could ride between slow or stopped traffic in bill up for Senate vote," 4 May 2021 Thought substitution relies on the left prefrontal cortex; direct suppression on the right. New York Times, "How to Forget Something," 4 May 2021 He was taken to the locker room with left hip tightness and did not return. ... Joe Reedy, Star Tribune, "Davis scores 25 as short-handed Lakers defeat Nuggets 93-89," 4 May 2021 Eloy Jiménez is expected to miss most of the season after rupturing his left pectoral tendon in an exhibition game. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "Dodgers-Cubs MLB 2021 live stream (5/4): How to watch online, TV info, time," 4 May 2021 And Ereck Flowers, last year’s starting left guard, was traded to Washington for the pick that landed UMass offensive tackle Larnel Coleman in the 2021 seventh round. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, "Kelly: Here’s where Dolphins’ roster stands after the 2021 NFL draft | Analysis," 4 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Uniting to fight such actions has had the effect of squashing discussion within the American left. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, "Scotland’s Feminist Schism," 5 May 2021 All that remains is more bumbling, mealy-mouthed corporate decision-making that will only further enrage the left and right alike. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, "Even Facebook’s Handpicked “Supreme Court” Thinks Its Policies Are a Joke," 5 May 2021 Kirilloff has to play first, Luis Arraez stays in the lineup in left and Sano watches. Star Tribune, "Byron Buxton's emergence gives Twins fans hope Miguel Sano eventually will figure things out," 4 May 2021 The shaming may not end anytime soon, given the intolerance of the modern left. James Freeman, WSJ, "Is Texas Becoming More Republican?," 3 May 2021 See the shoot at the left of the trunk coming from the ground? oregonlive, "Ask an expert: Dried up magnolia tree will need extra care," 2 May 2021 Biden has counseled patience to some of the left, stressing the importance of sequencing legislation, prioritizing the infrastructure plan before turning to thornier issues such as immigration, voting rights, guns and policing. Jonathan Lemire, chicagotribune.com, "Biden presidency enters more perilous phase after first 100 days," 1 May 2021 But the new left is different from the last generation of liberals. Gregory Krieg, CNN, "'The honeymoon is over': Biden faces tougher tasks ahead as progressives demand more," 1 May 2021 Rotate each crosscut section 90 degrees, alternating between turning them to the left and the right to create a mirrored pattern in the grain. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Ultimate Guide to Building (and Restoring) a Butcher Block," 1 May 2021

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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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7 May 2021

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“Left.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/left. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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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