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 While celebrating a hole-in-one during the Par-3 Contest, Finau took off running toward the green, stepped awkwardly and dislocated his left ankle. Paul Newberry, ajc, "Column: Finau has quite a resume except for glaring omission," 10 Apr. 2021 Troubling video and photos showed Adams' left ankle and foot appearing to be snapped and pointing in different directions while he was pinned under a Rams player. NBC News, "Brain of Phillip Adams, ex-NFL player accused of killing 5, to be studied for CTE," 10 Apr. 2021 Rob Gronkowski played in Super Bowl XLVI with mixed results two weeks after suffering a high left ankle sprain. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "As LeBron James hints of an early return, medical experts say he's not falling to Father Time yet," 9 Apr. 2021 Atlanta played its sixth straight game without starting power forward John Collins, the team's second-leading scorer and rebounder, and interim coach Nate McMillan didn't have an immediate timetable for his return from a left ankle sprain. George Henry, Star Tribune, "Hawks win 120-108, overcome 50-point game by Bulls' LaVine," 9 Apr. 2021 Adams suffered multiple injuries in the NFL, including concussions and a broken left ankle, during his career. oregonlive, "Former NFL player Phillip Adams kills 5 people, then himself in South Carolina: Report," 8 Apr. 2021 Another reason is the nature and extent of Chavez’s injuries, which required amputation of her right leg above the knee and fusion surgery on her left ankle. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego paying out $16M to woman injured in crash with city police car," 3 Apr. 2021 Miocic folded to the mat with his left ankle caught underneath him. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, "Francis Ngannou knocks out Stipe Miocic to win UFC Heavyweight Championship," 28 Mar. 2021 Taylor Tessman entered in the 76th for Dotson, who appeared to turn his left ankle. BostonGlobe.com, "Mexico beats U.S. 1-0 in men’s Olympic soccer qualifying showdown," 25 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun If [Senate Majority Leader] Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell were to come to an agreement on something, the left would come down on top of Schumer and the right would come down on top of McConnell. Susan Page, USA TODAY, "Exclusive: John Boehner says Donald Trump 'abused' his loyalists by lying to them," 11 Apr. 2021 Athan Kaliakmanis then intercepted Wauconda senior quarterback Nick Bulgarelli with one second left to ice the game. Nick Frazier, chicagotribune.com, "Dino Kaliakmanis had ‘no words’ after Antioch’s down-to-the-wire win against Wauconda. It puts the Sequoits in the driver’s seat for another conference title.," 10 Apr. 2021 Junior midfielder Alex Reid had a hand in Towson’s next two goals, assisting on junior midfielder Ryan Swain’s tally with 7:26 remaining and then scoring off a feed with junior attackman James Avanzato with 5:50 left. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "Towson men’s lacrosse rallies for 12-11 win over Fairfield, first CAA regular-season victory in two years," 10 Apr. 2021 Karasinski, who picked up two first-half fouls, converted a four-point play with 1:06 left to give Grand Rapids CC a 31-27 advantage. Brad Emons, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan high school boys basketball: Grand Rapids Catholic Central wins Division 2 crown," 10 Apr. 2021 Milford 28, Stoughton 21 — Tyler Lane scored on a 22-yard draw with 1:59 left to put the visiting Scarlet Hawks (4-1) past the Black Knights (3-2) in the Hockomock League. BostonGlobe.com, "Barnstable football makes a healthy return to field with shutout of Nauset," 9 Apr. 2021 Depending on the unit, this window style can either open to the left or right. Bridget Degnan, Better Homes & Gardens, "6 Best Replacement Windows to Give Your Home a Facelift," 9 Apr. 2021 This is what the left has wanted to do for a long time. Fox News, "Sen. Hawley: Biden ultimately seeks civilian gun confiscation, while permitting rioters and crime," 9 Apr. 2021 The commission will have an unwieldy 36 members, who tilt markedly to the political left. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Biden Commissions the Supreme Court," 9 Apr. 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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12 Apr 2021

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“Left.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/left. Accessed 15 Apr. 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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