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"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 your body that contains the heart: He injured his left eye. Turn left at the stop sign. [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)

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 of leave
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"left" in British English

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leftadjective, adverb

uk   /left/ 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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leftnoun

uk   /left/ 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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leftverb

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

leftadjective

uk   /left/ us   /left/
(Definition of left from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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