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Meaning of “left” in the English Dictionary

"left" in British English

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leftadjective, adverb

uk   us   /left/
A2 on or towards the ​side of ​yourbody that is to the ​west when you are ​facingnorth: His left ​eye was ​heavilybandaged. Turn left at the ​lights.

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leftnoun

uk   us   /left/
  • left noun (DIRECTION)

A2 [S] the left ​side: First I'll ​introduce the ​speakersitting on my left. Take the first/second/third on the left. It's the ​street to the left of the ​hotel.US After the ​grocerystore 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 ​politicalgroups that ​believe wealth and ​power should be ​shared between all ​parts of ​society: The ​war is ​generallyopposed on the left.
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leftverb

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

leftadjective

uk   us   /left/
relating to ​politicalgroups that ​believe wealth and ​power should be ​shared between all ​parts of ​society: The left wing of the ​party is ​unhappy with the ​legislation.
(Definition of left from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"left" in American English

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leftadjective, adverb, noun [C/U]

 us   /left/
  • left adjective, adverb, noun [C/U] (DIRECTION)

(in or toward) a ​position that is the ​opposite of ​right and on the ​side of ​yourbody that ​contains the ​heart: He ​injured his left ​eye. Turn left at the ​stopsign. [C] Make a left at the ​corner. [U] My ​sister is third from the left in the back ​row.

leftnoun [U]

 us   /left/
  • left noun [U] (POLITICS)

politicalgroups that ​believe governments should ​provide a ​higherlevel of ​socialservices and ​supportlaws to ​bring about ​greatereconomic and ​socialequality
leftist
noun [C]  us   /ˈlef·təst/
The ​university is a ​stronghold for ​traditional leftists and ​protests are ​frequent there.

left

 us   /left/
  • left (LEAVE)

past simple and past participle ofleave
(Definition of left from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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