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
6 : genuine, real
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 plural mineral 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 rightmost (audio) \ adjective

Verb

righter noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for right

Synonyms: Adjective

accurate, authentic, exact, faithful, precise, strict, true, veracious

Synonyms: Noun

appanage (also apanage), birthright, prerogative

Synonyms: Adverb

due, exactly, full, just, precisely, sharp, smack-dab, squarely

Antonyms: Adjective

corrupt, corrupted, false, imprecise, inaccurate, inauthentic, inexact, loose, unfaithful

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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

Lesson 3: Deflecting blame and bailing out at just the right time. Mike Bianchi, orlandosentinel.com, "UCF freshman Dillon Gabriel — not Notre Dame transfer Brandon Wimbush — should be UCF starting QB | Commentary," 13 July 2019 Because even if everything in your life is starting to feel a bit off, at least your outfits will be 10/10, right? Teen Vogue, "Everything You Should Buy from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2019," 12 July 2019 Yet the Instagram tourist boom came at just the right time. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "Everyone wants to Instagram the world’s most beautiful canyon. Should they?," 11 July 2019 Not every day is the right time for Tejas Steakhouse. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Review: Rodeo spirit energizes Tejas Steakhouse in Bulverde," 11 July 2019 Where Davies is right is that the subtleties of that collapse make for good TV. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "HBO's Years and Years Unlocks Sci-Fi's Ultimate Potential," 11 July 2019 The Indians are getting healthy at the right time with Mike Clevinger returning to the mound Friday & ace Corey Kluber not far behind. cleveland.com, "Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins could set tone for second half of season: Crowquill," 10 July 2019 In June, the Fed held rates steady but raised the prospect for two potential rates cuts this year, as policy makers continue to weigh the right time to act amid concerns over Trump's trade policies. Donna Borak, CNN, "Fed Chairman Jerome Powell strongly hints a rate cut is coming," 10 July 2019 The animals aren't social, Poynter said, and they are only paired with potential mates for a few days when the timing is right. Andrew Nicla, AZCentral.com, "Late hours, no pay, diminishing returns: Scouring the Arizona desert for black-footed ferrets," 10 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

France’s top female league sold five-year rights to Canal+, a pay-TV firm, for €6m—a trifle but six times more than two years ago. The Economist, "Women’s football is becoming big business," 12 July 2019 But preempting local ordinances is anathema to the tenants’ rights groups that are sponsoring the bill. Alexei Koseff, SFChronicle.com, "Rent control bill struggles in California Legislature," 10 July 2019 The attorneys argue that Johnson interfered with Guyger's right to a fair trial. Jennifer Emily, Dallas News, "Amber Guyger's attorneys want her murder trial for killing Botham Jean moved out of Dallas," 8 July 2019 For these people, a right to a speedy trial seems more like a privilege. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "These Harris County Jail inmates have been waiting years for trial," 8 July 2019 After a former employee had a hit with Winnetou, a Western based on the novel by German author Karl May, Brauner snatched up the rights to the May novels still on the market and cranked out Winnetou sequels. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "Artur Brauner, Holocaust Survivor and German Film Producer, Dies at 100," 7 July 2019 The Warriors may have traded the rights to Jermario Jones and a 2018 first-round pick to land the No. 4 slot to select Smailagić. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "Why Warriors are intrigued with Alen Smailagić’s potential," 7 July 2019 But rights groups claim they are forced labor facilities, and detainees are sent there without trial or the possibility of release. Ben Westcott, CNN, "Erdogan says Xinjiang camps shouldn't spoil Turkey-China relationship," 5 July 2019 In 2017, rights groups and news organizations began surfacing the existence of detention centers where local residents were being dispatched. Patrick Dehahn, Quartz, "More than 1 million Muslims are detained in China—but how did we get that number?," 4 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Several of their biggest question marks came through: Crystal Dunn who has been playing out of position at right back, withstood blistering attacks. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "World Cup statement by Rapinoe and US women heard loud and clear," 28 June 2019 Fourth of July is right around the corner, meaning many across the country are gearing up to go for a swim either in a community pool or one in their own backyard. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "Cryptosporidiosis Is An Illness Spread by Contaminated Pool Water—Here's What You Need to Know," 28 June 2019 The Bombers answered right back with three runs in the top of the seventh and Popov and the defense gave up one run to close out the game and secure the championship. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Blue Bombers upset Black Outs to take Coral Ridge Presbyterian Softball championship," 27 June 2019 Such form was typified by right-back Lucy Bronze, who drilled home a golden second-half effort to score her team's third. Ben Church, CNN, "England awaits either USWNT or France in semifinals after Lionesses beat Norway," 27 June 2019 Dance your way through the streets of Cruz Bay and if you’ve got energy left, find yourself right back in town for the Festival Parade that kicks off at 11 am. Anquanette Gaspard, Essence, "We Come To Fete! The Ultimate Guide To St. John Carnival," 27 June 2019 Okay, so Team 2020 Adult seems to be forming right around the same time as Team 2020 Teen — exciting. Abbey Maxbauer, refinery29.com, "R29 Binge Club: Netflix's Dark Season 2 Recap," 25 June 2019 The catchiest of the lot is a jazzy number that Josh delivers with a jubilant spring in his step after a night with Susan, which brings us right back to why this should probably have never been made into a musical at all. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: ‘Big’ in Berkeley shows not every movie should be a musical," 24 June 2019 Minnesota United right back Romain Metanire has been named to the 2019 MLS All-Star Game. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Minnesota United’s Romain Metanire named MLS All-Star," 24 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Another kayaker tried to help her right the boat, authorities said, but the woman drowned. Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post, "Off-duty Secret Service agent on presidential protective detail dies in Md. kayaking accident," 1 July 2019 Despite this, Everton isn't well known across Europe - so 90min is here to right that wrong with five things to know about him... SI.com, "Everton: 5 Things to Know About Brazil's Copa America Star & Man City Transfer Target," 26 June 2019 With Mike Moustakas blasting two home runs, Christian Yelich adding another and Freddy Peralta calming down a hot Marlins lineup, the Brewers righted the ship Thursday afternoon, taking a 5-1 decision at Miller Park. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 5, Marlins 1: Moustakas slugs two home runs and Peralta slows down hot Miami lineup," 6 June 2019 Leaning pear tree can be righted Q: Our pear tree was barely more than a whip when planted 32 months ago. oregonlive.com, "Am I watering my new arborvitae correctly? Ask an Expert," 15 June 2019 For the closing concert, composer Viet Cuong and choreographer Adam Weinert will perform Woven, a piece inspired by the awakening of the post-Stonewall LGBTQ+ rights movement. Paul Jebara, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where to Celebrate Pride in New York State," 7 June 2019 But as the directory expanded from the initial 25 designers to more than 140, the proportion of women to men sadly never righted itself—until now. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "The Women on This Year's ELLE Decor A-List Outnumber the Men," 22 May 2019 Since taking over from Kalanick, new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has tried to right the ship. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Uber ends mandatory arbitration in sexual assault, harassment cases," 15 May 2018 The one that came just days later cinched a romance that righted wrongs flagrant enough to captivate a nation. Tammy La Gorce, New York Times, "After Scandal and Divorce, Jenny Sanford Learns She Can Love Again," 6 Apr. 2018

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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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right

adjective

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

History and Etymology for right

Old English riht, from riht righteous

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