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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from right

Adjective

rightness noun

Noun

rightmost \ ˈrīt-​ˌmōst How to pronounce rightmost (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.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Forced out of Hungary, Central European University marked its relocation to Vienna on Friday with a bittersweet ceremony that amounted to a victory for Hungary’s far-right prime minister, Viktor Orban, in his campaign against liberal values. Benjamin Novak, New York Times, "Pushed From Hungary, University Created by Soros Shifts to Vienna," 15 Nov. 2019 But Taemin is right; the company created what is considered to be the first modern K-pop idol group, H.O.T., in 1996, and has been a dominant player in the space ever since. Teen Vogue, "Meet SuperM, the Team of K-Pop Superstars That Became One Big Family," 15 Nov. 2019 Get our daily newsletter The big change was that Vox, a hard-right Spanish nationalist party, surged into third place with 15% of the vote. The Economist, "Pedro Sánchez again falls short of a majority in Spain’s election," 14 Nov. 2019 Flanagan is right to pin the strength of the pro-life argument on the power of the ultrasound to expose the reality of unborn human life. Alexandra Desanctis, National Review, "An Honest Abortion Debate," 14 Nov. 2019 Because with this weather, there's no better response than something warm with some spike, right? Natalia E. Contreras, Indianapolis Star, "Carmel Christkindlmarkt: The best mulled wine, new food and one-of-a-kind gifts," 14 Nov. 2019 That's right, there's no Vader, no Luke, and none of the friends commonly associated with them. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "'The Mandalorian' Explores the Star Wars Universe in All the Right Ways," 13 Nov. 2019 So these are all species that, that do really well with, with beavers around, right? National Geographic, "Episode 5: March of the Beaver," 12 Nov. 2019 The only way to stop the far-right in Spain is to have a stable government. SFChronicle.com, "Ruling leftists in Spain win election, but far-right party surges," 10 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Opinion polls taken Thursday indicate that Netanyahu and his likely allies on the religious right will reach only 57-59 seats. Washington Post, "Israelis head to the polls with one question in mind: Should Netanyahu stay or go?," 18 Sep. 2019 Before the end of the quarter, Milford's Johnson found Ward on the right for a 20-yard screen pass to put Milford up 14-6. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio high school football: Milford blasts Loveland, 47-13, for Miami Township Victory Bell," 13 Sep. 2019 Another option is Axel Tuanzebe operating on the right. SI.com, "Solskjaer: Pogba, Martial Out for Man United vs. Leicester Amid Growing Injury Crisis," 13 Sep. 2019 Secondly, people on both the right and the left began to reject the old political consensus. Madeleine Carlisle, Time, "What to Know About the Origins of 'Left' and 'Right' in Politics, From the French Revolution to the 2020 Presidential Race," 12 Sep. 2019 With one out, Cole Tucker hammered a Samardzija pitch off the wall in right. Steve Kroner, SFChronicle.com, "September blues: Giants fall to Pirates," 12 Sep. 2019 At the same time, Laureano bobbled the baseball in right. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros struggle against A's for second straight night," 11 Sep. 2019 Kolton Miller on the left side and Trent Brown on the right should will get their share of Von Miller and Bradley Chubb. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Five keys for Raiders in Monday night opener against Broncos," 9 Sep. 2019 On the right, the almost bare, chaparral-speckled slopes of Atlas Peak and Howell Mountain define the Vaca Range. Fortune, "Napa Mountain Wines Have Just as Much to Offer as Napa Valley Bottles," 8 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Islamophobia is, unfortunately, rampant among the far-right and, for now, these groups are a clear depiction of this racist mindset. Olivia Goldhill, Quartz, "The Telegram app is rife with Norwegian murderer Anders Breivnik’s racist ideology," 16 Nov. 2019 This game should be right around the number if Leonard is able to play. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Hawks-Clippers odds: Clips are huge favorites at home," 16 Nov. 2019 But brands should be strategic with their plan and have better reasons to dive right in to engage with the super active users who make time spent on Facebook look like kindergarten. Abhik Choudhury, Quartz India, "A dummies guide to running brand campaigns on TikTok in India," 11 Nov. 2019 This year, the regular season ended Oct. 6, right before the October FIFA window, and Sunday’s MLS Cup final will wrap up ahead of the November window. Chris Fuhrmeister, Pro Soccer USA, "Atlanta United players find pros and cons in new MLS Cup playoffs format," 7 Nov. 2019 That's why the excavation pit Dunnavant cleaned up for the middle and high schoolers is outside the house, right up against its highest standing wall. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "Caribbean excavation offers intimate look at the lives of enslaved Africans," 7 Nov. 2019 Anyone with a lift ticket can pick up a Ridge Cat pass, which are first come, first served, to ski right along the Continental Divide into expert-only terrain that lift takers can’t reach. Kassondra Cloos, Outside Online, "How to Ski in Colorado for Less than $150," 7 Nov. 2019 Done right, by injecting surprise, deep character motivation, and a level of complexity that defies basic quest formulas, these quests can feel like an entirely organic outgrowth of your character's existence in the world. Wired, "The Outer Worlds: An Anti-Capitalist Game That's Too Much Work," 6 Nov. 2019 After lunch, when the powder is packed, there’s more fresh awaiting in the forested chutes backing right up to the Snowbird return. Jordan Riefe, Orange County Register, "All snow, all the time at Utah’s new ski paradise for diehards," 31 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But the Musketeers might have righted the ship, and evidently, Steele’s recruiting has been good. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: Why Xavier is the most consistently satisfying sports team in town," 13 Nov. 2019 Down the stretch: Now that the Cowboys’ ship has been righted, there’s a shot for at least eight victories, which isn’t bad after three losses during a four-game stretch. Randy Peterson, USA TODAY, "Big 12 power rankings: Baylor and Oklahoma to settle No. 1 spot this week," 11 Nov. 2019 The second-year Tennessee coach deserves credit for righting the ship in the face of a mob of doubters and setting up the program on an upward trajectory. John Talty | Jtalty@al.com, al, "Alabama’s playoff resume is bad but Tide still might get in," 10 Nov. 2019 There is no need to thank Nerheim for righting a terrible wrong and doing what a responsible and fair-minded prosecutor should have done in the first place. Dahleen Glanton, chicagotribune.com, "Column: A year in prison isn’t the second chance Diamond Davis was looking for, but she still has a chance to turn her life around.," 7 Nov. 2019 Southampton, meanwhile, have probably kept their manager in a job, righting some of the wrongs from their annihilation at the hands of Leicester. SI.com, "Twitter Blows Up as Man City Avoid Humiliation With Comeback Win at Home to Southampton," 2 Nov. 2019 Restorative practices are about creating a more positive school cultures that teach children how their actions affect others and let children right their own behavior. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "From JCPS practices to LMPD policies, here's the progress city officials reported to CLOUT," 30 Oct. 2019 Yes, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will, like its progenitor, freak you and your kids right the hell out in all the best ways. Wired, "Netflix Re-Ups the Puppetry—and Perturbations—of Dark Crystal," 30 Aug. 2019 For the Red Devils, Solskjaer will see the upcoming game as the perfect opportunity to right the wrongs from the previous season. SI.com, "Wolves vs Man Utd Preview: Where to Watch, Buy Tickets, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 16 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'right.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about right

Time Traveler for right

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for right

Last Updated

19 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Right.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/righted. Accessed 22 November 2019.

Keep scrolling for more

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

Keep scrolling for more

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on right

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for right

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with right

Spanish Central: Translation of right

Nglish: Translation of right for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of right for Arabic Speakers

Comments on right

What made you want to look up right? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

not agreeing with established beliefs

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Food Quiz

Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!