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left

adjective, adverb uk   us   /left/
A2 on or towards the side of your body that is to the west when you are facing north: His left eye was heavily bandaged. Turn left at the lights.
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left

noun uk   us   /left/

left noun (DIRECTION)

A2 [S] the left side: First I'll introduce the speaker sitting on my left. Take the first/second/third on the left. It's the street to the left of the hotel.US After the grocery store I made/took/informal hung a left (= turned into the next road on the left side).
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left noun (POLITICS)

the left (also the Left) [S, + sing/pl verb]
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the political groups that believe wealth and power should be shared between all parts of society: The war is generally opposed on the left.
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left

verb uk   us   /left/
past simple and past participle of leave

left

adjective uk   us   /left/
relating to political groups that believe wealth and power should be shared between all parts of society: The left wing of the party is unhappy with the legislation.
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