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right

adjective uk   /raɪt/ us  

right adjective (CORRECT)

A1 correct: You got three answers right and two wrong. I set the clock to the right time. "Is that Ms Kramer?" "Yes, that's right." Am I right in thinking (= is it true) that you will be at the conference? You're right to be annoyed - you've been treated very badly. You must put matters right (= make the situation better) by telling the truth. Accurate and exact A1 If you are right about something or someone, you are correct in your judgment or statement about it or them: You were right about Pete - he's a real troublemaker.Accurate and exact

right adjective (SUITABLE)

B1 suitable or correct, or as it should be: He's the right person for the job. I think you've made the right decision. The temperature of the swimming pool was just right (= exactly as I wanted it). That hat looks just right on you. He thought the time was right to let his intentions be known. Suitable and acceptableQuite good, or not very good describes a person who is considered to be socially important or a place that such people go to: She knows all the right people. He likes to be seen in the right clubs and restaurants.Suitable and acceptableQuite good, or not very good the right way round/up UK (US the right way around/up) in the correct position: The lid has to go on the right way round or it won't fit. Keep the bottle the right way up.Describing angles, lines and orientations

right adjective (MORALLY ACCEPTABLE)

B2 [after verb] considered fair or morally acceptable by most people: I don't believe they should have put him in prison. It isn't right. [+ to infinitive] It's not right to criticize people behind their back. [+ that] It is only (= completely) right that men and women should be paid the same for doing the same work. Virtue and moral goodJustice and fairness

right adjective (HEALTHY)

healthy, or working correctly: Since eating that food last night, I haven't felt quite right. Something isn't quite right with the brakes on your bike.Fit and healthyFunctioningPerforming a function

right adjective (COMPLETE)

[before noun] informal used for emphasizing when something is bad: He's a right idiot. His house is a right mess.Very and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions

right adjective (DIRECTION)

A2 on or towards the side of your body that is to the east when you are facing north: Most people write with their right hand. He likes to sleep on the right side of the bed. General location and orientation

right

adverb uk   /raɪt/ us  

right adverb (DIRECTION)

A2 on or towards the side of your body that is to the east when you are facing north: Turn/Go right (= take the road on the right) at the first traffic lights.

right adverb (EXACTLY)

B1 exactly or all the way: I've got a pimple right on the end of my nose. They built a row of hotels right along the sea-front.Accurate and exact used for emphasis: The car ran right (= completely) out of fuel. She walked right (= all the way) past me without noticing me. I'll be right back/I'll be right with you (= I will return very soon).Very and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions right away/now B1 immediately: You'd better leave right now.Immediately right now at the present time: We're very busy right now.Now

right adverb (IN TITLES)

used as part of the title of particular people, such as bishops and some members of Parliament: the Right Honourable Diane Abbott, MPReligious titles

right adverb (CORRECTLY)

B2 correctly: Why does he never do anything right?Accurate and exact

right adverb (SUCCESSFULLY)

go right If something goes right, it is successful or happens in a way that you hoped it would: Things haven't been going right for me these past few months.Successful (things or people)

right

noun uk   /raɪt/ us  

right noun (DIRECTION)

A2 [S] the right side: English is written and read from left to right. King's Avenue is the first right (= the first road on the right side).US I took/made (informal hung) a right (= turned into the next road on the right side) after crossing the bridge. In this photo, my wife is the woman standing on/to my right.General location and orientation

right noun (POLITICS)

the right (also the Right) [S, + sing/pl verb] C2 political parties or people that have traditional opinions, and that believe in low taxes, property, and industry being privately owned, and less help for the poor: In Britain, the right was/were in power after 1979. He's a man of the far (= extreme) right.
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right noun (MORALLY ACCEPTABLE)

B2 [U] what is considered to be morally good or acceptable: Your conscience should tell you the difference between right and wrong.Virtue and moral good in the right If you are in the right, what you are doing is morally or legally correct.Virtue and moral good B2 [C or U] the fact that a person or animal can expect to be treated in a fair, morally acceptable, or legal way, or to have the things that are necessary for life: She campaigned for women's rights during the 1960s. Everyone has a right to education. She has no more right to a company car than I have (= she does not deserve one more than I do). [+ to infinitive] You're not my boss, so what right (= authority) do you have to criticize me? You have every right (= you have a good reason) to complain.Morality and rules of behaviour within your rights If you are within your rights to do something, you are legally allowed to do it: I think I'm quite within my rights to demand a full refund.Allowing and permitting rights [plural] legal controls over who is allowed to use a book or film: He has acquired the film rights to the book (= he is allowed to make a film of the book).Court cases, orders and decisions new shares in a particular company that have become available for people to buy who already own shares: The company made a rights issue of one new share for every four held.Investment and stock markets put/set sth to rights to improve or correct something: The company needs over a million dollars to set its finances to rights.Making things betterBecoming better

right

exclamation uk   /raɪt/ informal us  

right exclamation (AGREEMENT)

A2 used to express agreement with someone or to show that you have understood what someone has said: "Johnny, you climb up first." "Right."Understanding and comprehendingWords and phrases expressing agreement and acceptance A2 said when you want to make a group of people notice you, especially so that you can start an activity: Right, you lot. Could you all stop talking, and then we'll begin.InterjectionsSounds used as interjections said between parts of a story that you are telling, in order to make certain that people are paying attention and understanding: So there I was right, middle of the night, right, and this guy came up to me...Connecting words joining words or phrases with similar or related meanings

right

verb [T] uk   /raɪt/ us  
formal If you right a situation or a mistake, you make it better or correct it: It's a terrible situation and we should right it as soon as possible.Correcting and mendingEditing and compiling If a boat rights itself, it turns itself back to its correct position in the water: The canoe will right itself if it capsizes.Staying afloat, capsizing and sinking
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