English dictionary

Info: This web site is based on WordNet 3.0 from Princeton University.

English adjective: right

1. right being or located on or directed toward the side of the body to the east when facing north

SamplesMy right hand.
Right center field.
A right-hand turn.
The right bank of a river is the bank on your right side when you are facing downstream.

Similarfar, right-hand, rightmost, starboard

See alsoright-handed

Attributeplace, position


2. right free from error; especially conforming to fact or truth

SamplesThe correct answer.
The correct version.
The right answer.
Took the right road.
The right decision.


Similaraccurate, exact, letter-perfect, precise, straight, word-perfect

See alsoaccurate, proper, true

Attributecorrectness, rightness

Antonymsincorrect, wrong

3. right socially right or correct

SamplesIt isn't right to leave the party without saying goodbye.
Correct behavior.




4. right in conformance with justice or law or morality

SamplesDo the right thing and confess.

Similarethical, honorable, honourable

See alsoethical, good, just, proper



5. right correct in opinion or judgment

SamplesTime proved him right.




6. right appropriate for a condition or purpose or occasion or a person's character, needs

SamplesEverything in its proper place.
The right man for the job.
She is not suitable for the position.




7. right of or belonging to the political or intellectual right

Similarconservative, far-right, old-line, oldline, reactionary, reactionist, right-wing, rightish, rightist

See alsoconservative

Antonymscenter, left

8. right in or into a satisfactory condition

SamplesThings are right again now.
Put things right.



9. right intended for the right hand

SamplesA right-hand glove.



Antonymsambidextrous, left-handed, two-handed

10. right in accord with accepted standards of usage or procedure

SamplesWhat's the right word for this?.
The right way to open oysters.




11. right having the axis perpendicular to the base

SamplesA right angle.


Domain categorygeometry

Antonymsoblique, parallel

12. right (of the side of cloth or clothing) facing or intended to face outward

SamplesThe right side of the cloth showed the pattern.
Be sure your shirt is right side out.



13. right most suitable or right for a particular purpose

SamplesA good time to plant tomatoes.
The right time to act.
The time is ripe for great sociological changes.

Synonymsgood, ripe



14. right precisely accurate

SamplesA veracious account.




English noun: right

1. right (attribute) an abstract idea of that which is due to a person or governmental body by law or tradition or nature

SamplesThey are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.
Certain rights can never be granted to the government but must be kept in the hands of the people.
A right is not something that somebody gives you; it is something that nobody can take away.

Broader (hypernym)abstract, abstraction

Narrower (hyponym)access, access, accession, admission, admittance, advowson, cabotage, claim, due, entree, exclusive right, floor, grant, human right, legal right, perquisite, pre-emption, preemption, prerogative, privilege, privilege, representation, right of action, right of search, right of way, riparian right, states' rights, title, voting right, water right

2. right (location) location near or direction toward the right side; i.e. the side to the south when a person or object faces east

SamplesHe stood on the right.

Broader (hypernym)place, position

Narrower (hyponym)right stage, stage right


3. right (artifact) the piece of ground in the outfield on the catcher's right

Synonymsright field, rightfield

Broader (hypernym)parcel, parcel of land, piece of ground, piece of land, tract

Part meronymoutfield

4. right (group) those who support political or social or economic conservatism; those who believe that things are better left unchanged

Synonymsright wing

Broader (hypernym)faction, sect

Narrower (hyponym)hard right, religious right

5. right (body) the hand that is on the right side of the body

SamplesHe writes with his right hand but pitches with his left.
Hit him with quick rights to the body.

Synonymsright hand

Broader (hypernym)hand, manus, mitt, paw

6. right (act) a turn toward the side of the body that is on the south when the person is facing east

SamplesTake a right at the corner.

Broader (hypernym)turn, turning

7. right (attribute) anything in accord with principles of justice

SamplesHe feels he is in the right.
The rightfulness of his claim.


Broader (hypernym)justice, justness

Antonymswrong, wrongfulness

8. right (possession) (frequently plural) the interest possessed by law or custom in some intangible thing

SamplesMineral rights.
Film rights.

Broader (hypernym)interest, stake

Domain usageplural, plural form

English adverb: right

1. right precisely, exactly

SamplesStand right here!.

2. right immediately

SamplesShe called right after dinner.

3. right exactly

SamplesHe fell flop on his face.


Domain usagecolloquialism

4. right toward or on the right; also used figuratively

SamplesHe looked right and left.
The party has moved right.


5. right in the right manner

SamplesPlease do your job properly!.
Can't you carry me decent?.

Synonymsdecent, decently, in good order, properly, the right way


6. right an interjection expressing agreement

Synonymsright on

7. right completely

SamplesShe felt right at home.
He fell right into the trap.

8. right (Southern regional intensive) very; to a great degree

SamplesThe baby is mighty cute.
He's mighty tired.
It is powerful humid.
That boy is powerful big now.
They have a right nice place.
They rejoiced mightily.

Synonymsmightily, mighty, powerful

Domain usageintensifier, intensive

9. right in accordance with moral or social standards

SamplesThat serves him right.
Do right by him.


10. right in an accurate manner

SamplesThe flower had been correctly depicted by his son.
He guessed right.

Synonymsaright, correctly

Antonymswrong, incorrectly, wrongly

English verb: right

1. right (social) make reparations or amends for

SamplesRight a wrongs done to the victims of the Holocaust.

Synonymscompensate, correct, redress

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Narrower (hyponym)aby, abye, atone, expiate, over-correct, overcompensate


2. right (motion) put in or restore to an upright position

SamplesThey righted the sailboat that had capsized.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Verb groupright

3. right (motion) regain an upright or proper position

SamplesThe capsized boat righted again.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)change posture

Verb groupright

4. right (change) make right or correct

SamplesCorrect the mistakes.
Rectify the calculation.

Synonymscorrect, rectify

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)change by reversal, reverse, turn

Narrower (hyponym)amend, debug, rectify, remediate, remedy, repair


Based on WordNet 3.0 copyright © Princeton University.
Web design: Orcapia v/Per Bang. English edition: .
2020 onlineordbog.dk