German translation of “right”
right adjective /rait/
› on or related to the side of the body which in most people has the more skilful hand, or to the side of a person or thing which is toward the east when that person or thing is facing north (opposite to left)
When I’m writing, I hold my pen in my right hand. › correct
Put that book back in the right place Is that the right answer to the question? › morally correct; good
It’s not right to let thieves keep what they have stolen. › suitable; appropriate
He’s not the right man for this job When would be the right time to ask him? righteous /ˈraitʃəs/ adjective › (of anger etc) justifiable
righteous indignation. › living a good moral life
a righteous man. › good; morally right
a righteous action. righteously adverb ›
righteousness noun ›
rightful adjective › proper; correct; that ought to be or has a right to be something
He is the rightful king of this country. rightfully adverb ›
It rightfully belongs to me, although she has it at the moment. rightly adverb › justly, justifiably; it is right, good or just that (something is the case)
He was punished for his stupidity and rightly: Rightly or wrongly she refused to speak to him. › correctly; accurately
They rightly assumed that he would refuse to help. rightness noun › the state of being good or morally correct
They believe in the rightness of their cause. righto /raitˈou/ interjection ( right-oh) › right
Right-oh! I’ll come now. rights noun plural › the legal right given in return for a sum of money to produce eg a film from a book
He has sold the film rights of his new book to an American company. right angle › an angle of ninety degrees, like any of the four angles in a square.
right-angled adjective › having a right angle
a right-angled triangle. right-hand adjective › at the right; to the right of something else
the top right-hand drawer of my desk. › towards the right
a right-hand bend in the road. right-handed adjective › (of people) using the right hand more easily than the left, eg for writing
The majority of people are right-handed. right wing › the members of a political party who hold more traditional opinions
He’s on the right wing of the Labour Party. right-winger noun ›
Angehöriger des rechten Flügels
by right(s) › rightfully
By rights, I ought to be in charge of this department. get/keep on the right side of › to make (someone) feel, or continue to feel, friendly or kind towards oneself
sich gut stellen mit
If you want a pay rise, you’d better get on the right side of the boss. get right › to understand, do, say etc (something) correctly
Did I get the answer right? go right › to happen as expected, wanted or intended; to be successful or without problems
Nothing ever goes right for him. not in one’s right mind ( not (quite) right in the head) › (slightly) mad
nicht bei Trost
He can’t be in his right mind – making incredible suggestions like that! put right › to repair; to remove faults etc in (something)
in Ordnung bringen
There is something wrong with this kettle – can you put it right? › to put an end to or change (something that is wrong)
You’ve made a mistake in that sum – you’d better put it right. › to put (a watch, clock etc) to the correct time.
› to correct (someone who has made a mistake)
I thought the meeting was at 2.30, but he put me right. › to make healthy again
That medicine will soon put you right. put/set to rights › to put back into the correct order, state etc
in Ordnung bringen
The room was in a dreadful mess, and it took us the whole day to set it to rights. right away › immediately; at once
I’ll do it right away. right-hand man › a person’s most trusted and useful assistant.
die rechte Hand von
right now › immediately.
right of way › the right of the public to use a path that goes across private property.
› (ˌright-of-ˈway – plural rights-of-way) a road or path over private land, along which the public have a right to walk.
› the right of one car etc to move first eg when crossing a cross-roads, or going round a roundabout
It was your fault that our cars crashed – I had right of way. serve right › to be the punishment deserved by
If you fall and hurt yourself, it’ll serve you right for climbing up there when I told you not to.