Definition of "left" []

  • Of, belonging to, located on, or being the side of the body to the north when the subject is facing east. (adjective)
  • Of, relating to, directed toward, or located on the left side. (adjective)
  • Located on the left side of a person facing downstream: the left bank of a river. (adjective)
  • Of or belonging to the political or intellectual left. (adjective)
  • The direction or position on the left side. (noun)
  • Of or designating the side of something or someone that faces west when the front is turned towards the north (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Worn on a left hand, foot, etc (adjective)
  • Of or relating to the political or intellectual left (adjective)
  • Radical or progressive, esp as compared to less radical or progressive groups, persons, etc (adjective)
  • On or in the direction of the left (adverb)
  • A left side, direction, position, area, or part (noun)
  • The supporters or advocates of varying degrees of social, political, or economic change, reform, or revolution designed to promote the greater freedom, power, welfare, or comfort of the common people (noun)
  • A blow with the left hand (noun)
  • The left hand (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "left" in a sentence
  • "Small point of pedantry... the Sedgefield speech was not on the day Blair left Downing St well he did of course leave Downing Street to get there, but it wasn't the day he *left* Downing Street."
  • "Only people who cling to old-fashioned customs still fold over the right side of a visiting-card to show that the card was left _in person_, and also fold over the _left side_ to show that the call was intended for _all_ the women of the household."
  • "A square knot is tied by holding an end of a bandage or cord in each hand, and then passing the end in the _right_ hand over the one in the left and tying; the end now in the _left_ hand is passed over the one in the right and again tied."