Definition of leftward in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlef(t)wərd/


(also leftwards /-wərdz/)
1Toward the left: all the wheels were going leftward
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  • I caught another set of headlights approaching me, and then looked leftwards to see who was beside me.
  • Immediately below the bridge, a path runs leftwards, uphill to a tarmac road where a signpost to Birnam Hill points to the left.
  • The print shows a bearded man looking leftward into a mirror.
2Toward support of radical, reforming, or socialist views: his politics moved sharply leftward public opinion is shifting leftwards
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  • Domestic policy is drifting leftward, but there are sharp limits on how far it will go.
  • The avowedly staunch centrist governor lurched leftward.
  • The country is moving leftward on many social issues.


1Going toward or facing the left: they moved their eyes in a leftward direction
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  • Circular clockwise motion of a cilium can generate directional leftward flow if its axis is not perpendicular to the cell surface but tilted posteriorly.
  • Once the lever is down and the sound and arrow are indicating leftward movement, you may proceed to make sure your path is clear, and then continue on with your intended movement.
  • Eventually it landed a step or two onto the green and rolled some 30 yards forward, taking a small leftward slope toward the hole and eventually settling 3 ½ feet from the cup.
2Tending to support radical, reforming, or socialist views: the leftward shift in Western European politics
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  • He is particularly dour about the universities, where the professoriate remains overwhelmingly attached to a familiar leftward agenda.
  • The region boasts a leftward bent to its politics.
  • The goal in the long term is to generate the ideas that will pull the country in a leftward direction.

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Syllabification: left·ward

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