right

adjective
\ ˈrīt How to pronounce right (audio) \

Definition of right

 (Entry 1 of 4)

2 : being in accordance with what is just, good, or proper right conduct
3 : conforming to facts or truth : correct the right answer
4 : suitable, appropriate the right man for the job
5 : straight a right line
7a : of, relating to, situated on, or being the side of the body which is away from the side on which the heart is mostly located
b : located nearer to the right hand than to the left
c : located to the right of an observer facing the object specified or directed as the right arm would point when raised out to the side
d(1) : located on the right of an observer facing in the same direction as the object specified stage right
(2) : located on the right when facing downstream the right bank of a river
e : done with the right hand a right hook to the jaw
8 : having the axis perpendicular to the base right cone
9 : of, relating to, or constituting the principal or more prominent side of an object made sure the socks were right side out
10 : acting or judging in accordance with truth or fact time proved her right
11a : being in good physical or mental health or order not in his right mind
b : being in a correct or proper state put things right
12 : most favorable or desired : preferable also : socially acceptable knew all the right people
13 often capitalized : of, adhering to, or constituted by the Right especially in politics

right

noun

Definition of right (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : qualities (such as adherence to duty or obedience to lawful authority) that together constitute the ideal of moral propriety or merit moral approval
2 : something to which one has a just claim: such as
a : the power or privilege to which one is justly entitled voting rights his right to decide
b(1) : the interest that one has in a piece of property often used in pluralmineral rights
(2) rights plural : the property interest possessed under law or custom and agreement in an intangible thing especially of a literary and artistic nature film rights of the novel
3 : something that one may properly claim as due knowing the truth is her right
4 : the cause of truth or justice
5a : right hand sense 1a also : a blow struck with this hand gave him a hard right on the jaw
b : the location or direction of the right side woods on his right
c : the part on the right side
e : a turn to the right take a right at the stop sign
6a : the true account or correct interpretation
b : the quality or state of being factually correct
7 often capitalized
a : the part of a legislative chamber located to the right of the presiding officer
b : the members of a continental European legislative body occupying the right as a result of holding more conservative political views than other members
8a often capitalized : individuals professing support of the established order and favoring traditional attitudes and practices and conservative governmental policies
b often capitalized : a conservative position
9a : a privilege given stockholders to subscribe pro rata to a new issue of securities generally below market price
b : the negotiable certificate evidencing such privilege usually used in plural
by rights or less commonly by all rights
: with reason or justice : properly
in one's own right
: by virtue of one's own qualifications or properties
of right
1 : as an absolute right
2 : legally or morally exactable
to rights
: into proper order

right

adverb

Definition of right (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : according to right live right
2 : in the exact location, position, or moment : precisely right at his fingertips quit right then and there
3 : in a suitable, proper, or desired manner knew he wasn't doing it right
4 : in a direct line, course, or manner : directly, straight go right home came right out and said it
5 : according to fact or truth : truly guessed right
6a : all the way windows right to the floor
b : in a complete manner felt right at home
7 : without delay : immediately right after lunch
8 : to a great degree : very a right pleasant day
9 : on or to the right looked left and right

right

verb
righted; righting; rights

Definition of right (Entry 4 of 4)

transitive verb

1a : to do justice to : redress the injuries of so just is God to right the innocent— William Shakespeare
b : justify, vindicate felt the need to right himself in court
2 : avenge vows to right the injustice done to his family
3a : to adjust or restore to the proper state or condition right the economy
b : to bring or restore to an upright position right a capsized boat

intransitive verb

: to become upright

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Other Words from right

Adjective

rightness noun

Noun

rightmost \ ˈrīt-​ˌmōst How to pronounce right (audio) \ adjective

Verb

righter noun

Choose the Right Synonym for right

Adjective

correct, accurate, exact, precise, nice, right mean conforming to fact, standard, or truth. correct usually implies freedom from fault or error. correct answers socially correct dress accurate implies fidelity to fact or truth attained by exercise of care. an accurate description exact stresses a very strict agreement with fact, standard, or truth. exact measurements precise adds to exact an emphasis on sharpness of definition or delimitation. precise calibration nice stresses great precision and delicacy of adjustment or discrimination. makes nice distinctions right is close to correct but has a stronger positive emphasis on conformity to fact or truth rather than mere absence of error or fault. the right thing to do

Examples of right in a Sentence

Adjective You can't treat me like this! It's not right! You were right to tell the teacher about the girl who you saw cheating. Telling the teacher was the right thing to do. “Is that clock right? Is it noon already?” “Yes. That's right.” There's something not quite right about his story. Their theory was proved right. Let me get this right—you want me to lend you $1,000?! You're right; the answer is six. I bet you like baseball. Am I right? Am I right in thinking that he should have never loaned her the money? Noun We discussed the rights and wrongs of genetic cloning. women fighting for equal rights Knowing the truth is her right. Adverb The keys are right where I said they would be. “Where are my keys?” “They're right here.” The bank is right next to the pharmacy. The parking lot is right in front of the building. He left his bags right in the middle of the floor. She was waiting right outside the door. The ball hit me right in the face. We arrived right at noon. You are right on time. When the boss yelled at him, he quit right then and there. Verb It was time to right an old wrong. No one can right all the wrongs in the world. The government needs to do something to right the economy. They righted the capsized boat. He quickly righted himself after he fell off the chair.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Thomas, who is averaging 22.3 points, injured his right ankle less than two minutes into the Tigers’ 75-61 victory at Ole Miss last Saturday night. Bob Holt, Arkansas Online, "SEC's leading scorer a game-time decision for Arkansas game," 13 Jan. 2021 Opting out of that exchange for a few months or even an election cycle does not absolve these corporations of backing a throng of far-right members of Congress. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "JPMorgan Chase and Amazon Discover Campaign Finance Reform by Way of Social Collapse," 12 Jan. 2021 Wisconsin Not much went right for the Badgers in 2020. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, "Alabama, Georgia lead the way in early look at the Top 25 for the 2021 college football season," 12 Jan. 2021 Two Bose speakers can connect using the Bose Connect app and sound off in party mode (in unison) or stereo mode (left and right speaker separate). Jeremy Helligar, Popular Science, "Best computer speakers: Make music, video chats, and more a whole lot clearer," 12 Jan. 2021 In fact, having the right products in your at-home arsenal can make all the difference in the overall health of your hair and your checking account. Aimee Simeon, refinery29.com, "7 New Drugstore Launches That’ll Save You Money & Bad Hair Days," 12 Jan. 2021 This year as the Broyles Award winner as the nation’s top assistant, Sarkisian pushed all the right buttons and earned rave reviews in Tuscaloosa. John Talty | Jtalty@al.com, al, "Steve Sarkisian leaves Alabama as Saban’s best OC following brilliant title game," 12 Jan. 2021 What's emerged is a sprawling movement that mixes vaccine hesitancy, coronavirus denial and far-right conspiracies, most notably QAnon. Amanda Coletta, BostonGlobe.com, "US-Canada border is mostly closed, but Canadians made it to Capitol siege," 12 Jan. 2021 Capital Public Radio reported that the events, for which organizers did not obtain permits, have frequently devolved into clashes between the far-right militia group Proud Boys and Antifa counterprotesters. Alexei Koseff, SFChronicle.com, "California ramps up security around state Capitol ahead of possible protest," 12 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun People for the American Way, of course, was Lear’s challenge to the cultural and social initiatives of the religious right and its conservative allies. David M. Shribman, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Those were (still are) the days’," 9 Jan. 2021 The farm is always a family farm, never a factory farm (a satisfying thought to viewers on the right and the left). Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Pop culture isn’t biased toward ‘coastal elites.’ If anything, it’s the opposite," 30 Dec. 2020 Drill one hole in the center of the log, and position the remaining holes 3 inches on-center to the left and right of the center hole. Finish the candlestick with two coats of spray polyurethane. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Don't Toss That X-Mas Tree: Let's Make Something Instead," 26 Dec. 2020 Polls suggest the nationalist Sa’ar might be able to siphon off enough voters from both the right and center to unseat the country’s longest-serving leader. Time, "Netanyahu’s Coalition Government Collapses After Budget Bill Failure – Triggering Israel’s 4th Election in 2 Years," 23 Dec. 2020 Polls suggest the nationalist Sa’ar might be able to siphon off enough voters from both the right and center to unseat the country’s longest-serving leader. Ivan Levingston, Bloomberg.com, "Israel Heads to Fourth Vote in Two Years Over Budget Crisis," 22 Dec. 2020 In the Arctic oilfields, wildlife has the ultimate right-of-way and oil industry personnel must follow strict guidelines generally forbidding any purposeful interaction with wildlife. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, "Drilling for Oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Two Perspectives from Alaskan Outdoorsmen," 21 Dec. 2020 The 51-year-old former Christian college English teacher felt the same pressures to preach toward the right and the left as other pastors in town. WSJ, "Abortion, Guns and Trump: A Church Group Tries to Navigate America’s Divisions," 18 Dec. 2020 Set in the 1970s, the narrative captures the fluid lines between right and wrong, ally and enemy, innocence and experience. Monitor Reviewers, The Christian Science Monitor, "Last-minute gifts: The 10 best books of December 2020," 17 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb That setup will allow geese to be staring right at the blinds on approach. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "The Smartest Ways to Trick Late-Season Canada Geese When You Can’t Get on the X," 12 Jan. 2021 News also reported that the video was taken right before Trump spoke at the rally. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Video shows Trump family in tent before Jan. 6 rally," 12 Jan. 2021 This is right around where Golden State hoped to be entering the season. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors’ 10 most telling stats after the first 10 games," 12 Jan. 2021 The first full moon of the year is right around the corner. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "Here's Everything You Need to Know About January's Full Wolf Moon," 11 Jan. 2021 This is the second time that Hollywood has essentially shut down mid-pandemic; various studios shuttered their productions for two weeks in March 2020 right as the much of the world was also mandating temporary lockdowns. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Netflix Shuts Down L.A. Productions As COVID-19 Cases Reach Record Highs," 11 Jan. 2021 The screaming and shouting soon seemed right outside. Anchorage Daily News, "How barricaded lawmakers and aides sounded urgent pleas for help as police lost control," 10 Jan. 2021 Thomas finished right behind Harris, catching five passes from Brees for 73 yards. Amie Just | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Saints advance to divisional round after beating Bears in wild card slugfest," 10 Jan. 2021 Dear Liz: What financial steps need to be taken right after your spouse dies? Liz Weston, oregonlive, "Liz Weston: Financial steps after spouse dies include holding onto assets, even when facing family pressure," 9 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The numbers began to right themselves a few months later, and though the parish hasn't returned to pre-pandemic levels of prosperity, Masgingill remains cautiously optimistic about that prospect. Andrew Canulette | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Not all business: St. Tammany Corp. CEO says balance is key to parish success in future," 11 Jan. 2021 Led by All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell, the Jazz have the capability to blast the Blazers similarly to what Denver did during two preseason games (126-95, 129-96) should Portland fail to right itself. oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers eager for games that matter following flat preseason: ‘I think people will see a completely different team tomorrow’," 23 Dec. 2020 Yet even most supporters acknowledged more needs to be done to right the wrongs of the past. oregonlive, "Portland leaders, acknowledging racist anti-Black policies, seek to right historic wrongs," 17 Dec. 2020 Airbnb, another on-demand company, which struggled to right its business amid a steep drop in travel during the pandemic, is also expected to go public this week. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, "The pandemic boosted food delivery companies. Soon they may face a reality check," 6 Dec. 2020 After that Iron Bowl beatdown in Tuscaloosa, getting a shot at LSU after all looks like the cherry on top for Alabama fans who want to right the wrongs of 2019. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "What Alabama fans can expect if they go to the LSU game," 4 Dec. 2020 The three men spent nearly 15 minutes trying to right the watercraft to no avail. Joe Friedrichs Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Indiana man's absence on holiday is piercing reminder of death in the BWCA," 26 Nov. 2020 But its aim is squarely on trying to right the wrongs the government has and continues to inflict on the Teamsters. Rick Kogan, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Movie ‘Betrayal’ shows a shocking one-side case against Teamsters leader Bill Hogan, Jr.," 16 Nov. 2020 Meanwhile, the Buccaneers look to right their ship after Monday's loss to the Rams while striving to solidify their playoff standing amid a 13-year postseason absence. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "USA TODAY Sports' Week 12 NFL picks: Chiefs-Buccaneers battle highlights post-Thanksgiving menu," 25 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of right

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for right

Adjective

Middle English, from Old English riht; akin to Old High German reht right, Latin rectus straight, right, regere to lead straight, direct, rule, rogare to ask, Greek oregein to stretch out

Noun

Middle English, from Old English riht, from riht, adjective

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Time Traveler for right

Time Traveler

The first known use of right was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

17 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Right.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/right. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for right

right

adjective
How to pronounce right (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of right

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: morally or socially correct or acceptable
: agreeing with the facts or truth : accurate or correct
: speaking, acting, or judging in a way that agrees with the facts or truth

right

noun

English Language Learners Definition of right (Entry 2 of 4)

: behavior that is morally good or correct
: something that a person is or should be morally or legally allowed to have, get, or do
: the legal authority to reproduce, publish, broadcast, or sell something

right

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of right (Entry 3 of 4)

: in the exact location, position, or moment that is mentioned
: in a direct course or manner
: in a way that agrees with the facts or truth

right

verb

English Language Learners Definition of right (Entry 4 of 4)

: to make (something) right : to correct (something wrong or unjust)
: to return (something) to a proper state or condition
: to put (something or someone) back in an upright position

right

adjective
\ ˈrīt How to pronounce right (audio) \

Kids Definition of right

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : following or in accordance with what is just, good, or proper It's not right to lie.
2 : accurate, correct That's the right answer.
3 : suitable, appropriate He's the right person for the job.
4 : located on the side of the body away from the heart the right arm
5 : located nearer to the right side of the body than to the left the chair's right arm
6 : being or meant to be the side on top, in front, or on the outside The box landed right side up. Turn the socks right side out.
7 : in a normal or healthy state or condition I don't feel right today. That milk doesn't smell right.
8 : straight entry 1 sense 1 a right line

Other Words from right

rightly adverb
rightness noun

right

noun

Kids Definition of right (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : the ideal of what is just, good, or proper He hasn't learned right from wrong.
2 : something to which a person has a just claim the right to vote He has a right to be angry.
3 : the cause of truth or justice They fought for right.
4 : the right side : a part or location that is on or toward the right side My house is on the right.

right

adverb

Kids Definition of right (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : according to what is just, good, or proper She lives right.
2 : in the exact location, position, or moment : precisely It's right where you left it.
3 : in a direct line or course : straight Come right home.
4 : according to truth or fact You guessed right.
5 : in a suitable, proper, or desired way You're not doing it right.
6 : all the way We stayed right to the end of the game.
7 : without delay : immediately Let's go right after lunch.
8 : on or to the right turn right
9 : in a complete way He felt right at home here.
right away
: without delay : immediately The movie started playing right away.— R.J. Palacio, Wonder

right

verb
righted; righting

Kids Definition of right (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : to make better or more just If only we could right the world's wrongs.
2 : to adjust or restore to a proper state or condition
3 : to bring or bring back to an upright position I righted the books.
4 : to become upright The ship slowly righted again.

right

adjective
\ ˈrīt How to pronounce right (audio) \

Medical Definition of right

: of, relating to, or being the side of the body which is away from the heart and on which the hand is stronger in most people her right foot also : located nearer to this side than to the left

Other Words from right

right adverb

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right

noun
\ ˈrīt \

Legal Definition of right

1a : qualities (as adherence to duty or obedience to lawful authority) that together constitute the ideal of moral propriety or merit moral approval
b : something that is morally just able to distinguish right from wrong
2 : something to which one has a just claim: as
a : a power, privilege, or condition of existence to which one has a natural claim of enjoyment or possession the right of liberty that all men…are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rightsDeclaration of Independence — see also natural right
b : a power, privilege, immunity, or capacity the enjoyment of which is secured to a person by law one's constitutional rights
c : a legally enforceable claim against another that the other will do or will not do a given act the defendant may be under a legal duty…to exercise reasonable care for the plaintiff's safety, so that the plaintiff has a corresponding legal right to insist on that care— W. L. Prosser and W. P. Keeton
d : the interest that one has in property : a claim or title to property often used in pl.leasing mineral rights — see also real right
e plural : the interest in property possessed (as under copyright law) in an intangible thing and especially an item of intellectual property obtained publishing rights
3 : a privilege given stockholders to subscribe pro rata to a new issue of securities generally below market price
of right
1 : as an absolute right
2 : demandable or enforceable under the law an appeal of right

Other Words from right

rightful \ -​fəl How to pronounce right (audio) \ adjective
rightfully \ -​fə-​lē How to pronounce right (audio) \ adverb

History and Etymology for right

Old English riht, from riht righteous

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