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Syllabification: left
Pronunciation: /left
 
/

adjective

1On, toward, or relating to the side of a human body or of a thing that is to the west when the person or thing is facing north: her left eye the left side of the road
More example sentences
  • The patient was a sturdy young man with an abscess on the outer side of his left thigh.
  • He fell off of me, and as he got up I punched him square on the side of his left eye.
  • Take your right leg, bend it and pull the knee over towards the floor next to your left side.
Synonyms
left-hand, sinistral;
Nautical port, larboard;
Heraldry sinister
2Of or relating to a person or group favoring liberal, socialist, or radical views: Left politics
[see left wing]
More example sentences
  • The Green Party leadership appear to believe that the left vote is theirs by right.
  • The crowd was solidly left and markedly anarchist and Marxist for the most part it seems.
  • The Respect coalition has shown people are willing to vote for a left alternative.

adverb

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On or to the left side: turn left here keep left
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  • Leave the ticket office and pass in front of the main house, turning left at the far side.
  • Follow the lane and at the next road junction bear left to another junction of lanes.
  • Silverdale train station can be reached by going left at this road junction.

noun

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1 (the left) The left-hand part, side, or direction: a turn to the left (one's left) the general sat to his left
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  • She turned her eyes directly to the left when she saw a flicker of light from the barn.
  • There were only a few seats left, and one of them was the place directly to the left of him.
  • There is a small bar area to the left as you walk inside and then the main dining room to the right.
1.1(In soccer or a similar sport) the left-hand half of the field when facing the opponents' goal: a free kick from the left
More example sentences
  • Villa gained possession and advanced into the penalty area to the left of goal.
  • Del Piero, who's had a quiet game, expertly cuts in from the left and goes for goal.
  • Another charge was cut short illegally by a tug from Barker five yards to the left of the penalty area.
1.2 (left) Baseball short for left field. a sacrifice fly to left
1.3The left wing of an army: a token attack on the Russian left
2 (often the Left) [treated as singular or plural] A group or party favoring liberal, socialist, or radical views: the Left is preparing to fight presidential elections he is on the left of the party
More example sentences
  • One is never enough because the Left is going to distort the facts just as much as the Right.
  • The parties of the Left and of the Right are in conflict because they both aim at supreme power.
  • The Left has much in common with the radicals in the Green movement and wants to work with them.
3A thing on the left-hand side or done with the left hand, in particular.
3.1A left turn: take a left here
More example sentences
  • After doing right turns and lefts until I lost count, I came to a huge oak brown door and knocked on it.
  • There are six rights and eight lefts, and the main straight is only 650m, so it will be quite demanding.
  • Take two lefts, then a right past Venice and you're there.
3.2A road, entrance, etc., on the left: my road’s the first left
3.3A person’s left fist, especially a boxer’s: a dazzler with the left
3.4A blow given with this: a left to the body
More example sentences
  • Hunt KOs Jerome, with a flurry of lefts and rights, polished off by a right hook to the head that tracks him down to the mat.
  • A right hand and a succession of lefts hurt Carey again in the third.
  • However, he pulled himself together and near corners scored frequently with well-placed lefts to the nose, drawing blood.

Origin

Old English lyft, left 'weak' (the left-hand side being regarded as the weaker side of the body).

Phrases

have two left feet

1
Be clumsy or awkward.
Example sentences
  • Well I gave it a try and quickly discovered that I had two left feet and my dreams went up in smoke.
  • She is wrinkled, she is overweight, and she still has two left feet when it comes to dancing.
  • Maybe you've realized you have two left feet, skewed rhythm and zero coordination.

left, right, and center (also left and right or right and left)

2
On all sides: deals were being done left, right, and center
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  • In a mild winter we are seeing people turning power off left, right, and centre.
  • I'm turning theatre down left, right, and centre at the moment and I hope my plan pays off.
  • You already ruled on this when Mr Mallard was on his feet insulting people left, right, and centre.

Derivatives

leftish

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • Ever since, leftish malcontents have taken every opportunity to condemn the iniquity of holding all applicants for admission to the same standards.
  • For a while, leftish bloggers were quite caught up in the notion that the correlation of good economic performance with Democratic presidencies had to be causal.
  • If the pollsters are overestimating Labour's support once more, the consequences of their blunders could leave a lot of leftish voters looking very silly.

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There are 2 main definitions of left in English:

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left2

Syllabification: left
Pronunciation: /left
 
/
Past and past participle of leave1.

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