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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. 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.

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. 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. 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.

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.

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.

right adjective (COMPLETE)

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

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.

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. 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). right away/now B1 immediately: You'd better leave right now. right now at the present time: We're very busy right 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, MP

right adverb (CORRECTLY)

B2 correctly: Why does he never do anything right?

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.

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.

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. in the right If you are in the right, what you are doing is morally or legally correct. 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. 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. 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). 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. put/set sth to rights to improve or correct something: The company needs over a million dollars to set its finances to rights.

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." 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. 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...

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. If a boat rights itself, it turns itself back to its correct position in the water: The canoe will right itself if it capsizes.
(Definition of right from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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