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English adjective: left

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

SamplesMy left hand.
Left center field.
The left bank of a river is bank on your left side when you are facing downstream.

Similarlarboard, left-hand, leftmost, near, nigh, port

See alsoleft-handed

Attributeplace, position


2. left not used up

SamplesLeftover meatloaf.
She had a little money left over so she went to a movie.
Some odd dollars left.
Saved the remaining sandwiches for supper.
Unexpended provisions.

Synonymsleft over, leftover, odd, remaining, unexpended


Antonymsspent, exhausted

3. left intended for the left hand

SamplesI rarely lose a left-hand glove.



Antonymsambidextrous, right-handed, two-handed

4. left of or belonging to the political or intellectual left

Similarfar left, left-of-center, left-wing, leftish, leftist, liberal

See alsoliberal, socialist, socialistic

Antonymscenter, right

English noun: left

1. left (location) location near or direction toward the left side; i.e. the side to the north when a person or object faces east

SamplesShe stood on the left.

Broader (hypernym)place, position

Narrower (hyponym)left stage, stage left


2. left (group) those who support varying degrees of social or political or economic change designed to promote the public welfare

Synonymsleft wing

Broader (hypernym)faction, sect

3. left (body) the hand that is on the left side of the body

SamplesJab with your left.

Synonymsleft hand

Broader (hypernym)hand, manus, mitt, paw

4. left (artifact) the piece of ground in the outfield on the catcher's left

SamplesThe batter flied out to left.

Synonymsleft field, leftfield

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

Part meronymoutfield

5. left (act) a turn toward the side of the body that is on the north when the person is facing east

SamplesTake a left at the corner.

Broader (hypernym)turn, turning

English adverb: left

1. left toward or on the left; also used figuratively

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


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