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 right (audio) \ adjective

Verb

righter noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for right

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Adverb

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 In any case, the insurgents seem to be on the right side of the cost curve. David Hambling, Forbes, 8 June 2021 Minish, a blind NASA engineer, will share a story about his son becoming paralyzed on the right side, from his chest down, after a scuba diving accident off the coast of Africa and how their relationship changed after the tragedy. Michelle Rogers, USA TODAY, 8 June 2021 That's right, the radar imagery from the Washington, DC, area showed a patch of green just northwest of the city. Jennifer Gray, CNN, 8 June 2021 Somewhere along the line, the placement has changed to where the knife and spoon are now on the right side of the plate and the forks are on the left. Washington Post, 7 June 2021 In the playoff, Jones worried that his drive would stay along the tree line on the right side of No. 1, but his ball bounced enough to the left to give him a clear shot from 160 yards. The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 June 2021 Cantlay had a 25-foot birdie putt for the win on the 18th in regulation that grazed the right side of the cup, leaving them at 13-under 275. Doug Ferguson, orlandosentinel.com, 6 June 2021 In the show, Williams, Lipton, and Cole portrayed young undercover cops who chose to work on the right side of the law after each had run-ins with it. Rosy Cordero, EW.com, 6 June 2021 With one out, Rafael Devers hit a single through the right side, scoring Verdugo and Bogaerts. BostonGlobe.com, 6 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the meantime, several lawsuits were filed against the ban, including one from American social media influencers, who charged that the ban would violate their constitutional right to free speech. Jenny Leonard, Fortune, 9 June 2021 Has new competition from its right, in the form of Newsmax and One America News Network, made things worse? Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 9 June 2021 And the fact that zero Republicans have signed on to a bill designed to ensure all Americans are granted their constitutional right to cast a ballot says far more about the state of the Republican Party than the bill itself. John Fetterman, CNN, 9 June 2021 Monson’s letter to the commission also noted the two sides agreed that all parties will reserve their right to make presentations and conduct examination or cross-examination of witnesses, if necessary. Suzanne Baker, chicagotribune.com, 8 June 2021 Dominion filed suit against Lindell in February asking for $1.3 billion in damages due to his charges, which caused Lindell to countersue, claiming the company was impinging his right to free speech. Warren Shoulberg, Forbes, 4 June 2021 Standing to his right was a frozen Yandy Diaz, who had no option but to stand and wait to be tagged by the Rangers first baseman. Sam Blum, Dallas News, 4 June 2021 In a statement, Robert Neil Driscoll, an attorney who represents the affiliates that filed the suit, said the organization sued to preserve its right to appeal the denial of tax exempt status. Washington Post, 4 June 2021 My left hand is outstretched with a mug of tea; my right cradles a crucible of crunch. Stephen Lurie, Bon Appétit, 4 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The ball bounces and lands a row below us, well out of our reach, right in the hands of a guy wearing a Reds spring training hat with the 19th-century logo. Jason Hoffman, The Enquirer, 11 June 2021 In this case, the line landed right in the middle of a new family. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 10 June 2021 Despite facing four opponents, McAuliffe took in over 300,000 votes, right in line with Northam in 2017. Sarah Rankin, Star Tribune, 9 June 2021 Despite facing four opponents, McAuliffe took in over 300,000 votes, right in line with Northam in 2017. Sarah Rankin, ajc, 9 June 2021 So in this sense, Kaitlyn and Tayshia fit right in. Washington Post, 8 June 2021 Instead of connecting wirelessly to your smartphone, this model has its own displays built right in. Maren Estrada, BGR, 4 June 2021 Instead of having to request a report from the BI team and waiting weeks, this self-service model allows people to get answers to their questions right in the context of their business workflows. Bruno Aziza, Forbes, 3 June 2021 The Lisey of the title is played by Julianne Moore, who watched her husband Scott Landon (Clive Owen), a famous novelist, be murdered right in front of her. Brian Lowry, CNN, 3 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Dodgers will get their chance to right themselves after a needed off day Thursday. Anthony Witrado, Forbes, 6 May 2021 The smart move, for now, is to give Colome a chance to right himself. Star Tribune, 26 Apr. 2021 The time to right the ship is before incompetence becomes impossible. Harvey Mackay, Star Tribune, 9 May 2021 Breakdown: The Eagles got aggressive in trading up for DeVonta Smith, hoping to right the wrongs of the receiver picks of the previous two drafts. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 1 May 2021 That’s the only way to right the wrongs of the past and restore justice after 100 years of cannabis prohibition. Andrew Deangelo, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 An effective blitzer who can rush the passer off the edge or right up the gut. oregonlive, 1 Mar. 2021 But while storms swirled outside of the team, the Blazers remained confident in their abilities to right the ship. oregonlive, 17 May 2021 The Spurs have a chance to right their defensive ship against a Cleveland team that ranks last in the NBA in offensive efficiency. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 4 Apr. 2021

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

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“Right.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/right. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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 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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