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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The process to adopt a child from foster care includes training, interviews, and home visits to determine if adoption is right for you. BostonGlobe.com, 15 May 2022 Not every woman is in a safe environment or able to get out there and speak up for what is right. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 14 May 2022 My life had been an effort to appear to be right at all times, and the effort had exhausted me. Adam Bernstein, Washington Post, 14 May 2022 Why did this ending always feel right? For several reasons. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 May 2022 That's right, Columbus, which doesn't even have an NBA team. Drake Bentley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 May 2022 If the price is still right, Twitter’s board could owe it to shareholders to bite the bullet on a lesser valuation. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 13 May 2022 Mom was right: Good oral hygiene is seriously important! Nicole Saporita, Good Housekeeping, 13 May 2022 There were pieces that turned out to be right, and those that, to be charitable, did not hold up well at all. David Faris, The Week, 12 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At the Washington Pavilion, strings and percussion were placed together onstage; four groups of brass and winds occupied balconies to the right and to the left; trumpets and trombones thundered from the rear. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 An inning later, Daniel Susac hit a leadoff double off the glove of Micah McDowell in left and Chase Davis drove him home with a two-run homer to right, giving Arizona a 6-5 lead, its first of the day. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, 15 May 2022 Adding to the challenge, Iowa has shifted sharply to the right over the past decade, making the Democratic primary a kind of test case for the party in Iowa and other once-competitive northern rural states about the path back to power. Thomas Beaumont, ajc, 14 May 2022 Compared with Johnson’s previous low point in late 2015 and early 2016, the senator has increased his popularity with groups that lean Republican, lean to the right and were already supportive. Craig Gilbert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 May 2022 An attempt to lift his hand would coincide with one neural melody, for example, while trying to move his hand to the right would correspond to another. New York Times, 12 May 2022 With one out in the seventh, Brett Phillips hit a hard grounder to the right of Walsh, who bobbled the ball and was unable to pick it up in time to throw to Detmers at the bag. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2022 The historic crown, which symbolizes the sovereignty of the monarch and is only seen at coronations and state openings of Parliament, was placed on a red velvet cushion to the right of Charles. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, 10 May 2022 Miller brought Ramírez home with a sacrifice fly to right that tied the game at 2-2. Joe Noga, cleveland, 8 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The next batter, Cleveland first baseman Owen Miller, crushed a game-tying homer on a slider that Warren left right over the middle of the plate. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 18 May 2022 The portable air-conditioning unit's INTAKE hose was right next to the EXHAUST pipe on the bus. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, 17 May 2022 The company has since right-sized the number of staff. Jinjoo Lee, WSJ, 17 May 2022 During the pandemic, stores offered incentives, too, like hauling their bijoux assortment—along with security—right into clients’ living rooms (or flying it in to a second or third home). Max Berlinger, Town & Country, 17 May 2022 Many sneakers cost more than dress shoes — and sit right next to stilettos in the footwear sections of high-end department stores. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 16 May 2022 The couple seemed to enjoy the best of both worlds with a swimming pool right next to the ocean just steps away. Rebecca Norris, Good Housekeeping, 13 May 2022 The parking right next to the amphitheater has around 770 spots. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 13 May 2022 The living room looks out toward the deck and pool, and the backyard that features a stone path leading to a gate connecting Eberle’s property to her sister Julie Kelley’s, who lives right next door. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 12 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Roberts granted the 27-year-old’s command, sending Buehler back out for the ninth and leaving him in even after David Peralta laced a single to right. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 25 Apr. 2022 Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax had lost Games 1 and 2, which seemed impossible, so the Dodgers turned to Osteen to right the ship against the Minnesota Twins. Los Angeles Times, 8 Nov. 2021 The 49ers had been hoping to build on the previous Sunday’s win at Chicago, to right the ship and get some momentum. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Nov. 2021 King was named interim coach after the Hawks fired Jeremy Colliton Saturday — three years to the day since Colliton’s hiring — to right the ship from a 1-9-2 start. Phil Thompson, chicagotribune.com, 7 Nov. 2021 Now the Hokies look to right the ship with a win over a feisty and capable Richmond Spiders team (2-1) in Week 4 of the college football season. oregonlive, 25 Sep. 2021 Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers look to right their ship under the lights Monday night against a division rival. Zack Jones, Forbes, 19 Sep. 2021 Witt slid toward the line, made the stop and then tried to right himself to make the throw home. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 9 Apr. 2022 Gustave, meanwhile, surrendered the lead two pitches into the fifth as Goldschmidt led off with a double and O'Neill roped a single to right that Avisaíl García overran -- a miscue that led to the ball rolling almost all the way to the wall. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 Sep. 2021 See More

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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
\ 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

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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