Definition of “left” - English Dictionary

“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.

More examples

  • Turn left at the traffic lights, and you'll see the hospital straight ahead.
  • To divide by ten, move the decimal point one place to the left.
  • Our house is the third from the end on the left.
  • He has no sight in his left eye.
  • Hold your fork in your left hand and your knife in your right hand.

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).

More examples

  • My house is on the left.
  • I sat to her left.
  • Take the road on the left.
  • The picture is lower on the left.
  • I moved quickly to the left.

left noun (POLITICS)

the left also the Left [ S, + sing/pl verb ]

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  • The journal is broadly sympathetic with the left.
  • He has always been on the left of the party.
  • Parties of the left united to defeat the measure.
  • Her politics are of the left.
  • The left is generally sympathetic to their cause.

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 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 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

(Definition of “left” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)