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rightadjective, adverb

us   /rɑɪt/
  • right adjective, adverb (CORRECT)

correct, true, or exact: He said the trip would take two hours and he was absolutely/exactly right. My watch has stopped – do you have the right time? Ellen is the right person for the job. She got every answer right.
  • right adjective, adverb (SUITABLE)

suitable or desirable, or as it should be: [+ to infinitive] He thought the time was right to expand his new business. That hat looks just right on you.
  • right adjective, adverb (HEALTHY)

[not gradable] healthy, or working correctly: I haven’t felt right all day.
  • right adjective, adverb (MORAL RULE)

[not gradable] considered fair or morally acceptable by most people: It isn’t right to tell a lie.

rightadjective

us   /rɑɪt/
  • right adjective (WISE)

having or showing good judgment; wise: [+ to infinitive] The president was right to veto that bill. I think we reached the right conclusion.

rightnoun

us   /rɑɪt/
  • right noun (LEGAL OPPORTUNITY)

social studies [C] your opportunity to act and to be treated in particular ways that the law promises to protect for the benefit of society: civil/human rights You have a right to a trial by jury. [+ to infinitive] Patients have a right to keep their medical records confidential. The dispute is over fishing rights.
  • right noun (POLITICS)

rightadjective, adverb, noun [C/U]

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

the side of the body opposite the side that contains the heart, or the direction that is the opposite of left: Most people throw a ball with their right hand. Our house is on the right. [C] After you go over the bridge, make a right (= turn to the right).

rightexclamation

us   /rɑɪt/
  • right exclamation (AGREEMENT)

used to express agreement with someone or to show that you have understood what someone has said: "Robert, be sure to pick up Susan on your way home." "Right."

rightadverb [not gradable]

us   /rɑɪt/
exactly; just: I’m too busy to talk right now but I’ll get back to you later. He sat right behind me. I’ll be right back (= I will return very soon).
(Definition of right from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"right" in British English

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rightadjective

uk   /raɪt/ us   /raɪt/
  • 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, him, or her: You were right about Pete - he's a real troublemaker.

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  • 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.
used to refer to 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.

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  • 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.

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  • right adjective (COMPLETE)

[before noun] UK 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.

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rightadverb

uk   /raɪt/ us   /raɪt/
  • 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.

rightnoun

uk   /raɪt/ us   /raɪt/
  • 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). In this photo, my wife is the woman standing on/to my right.US I took/made (informal hung) a right (= turned into the next road on the right side) after crossing the bridge.

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  • right noun (POLITICS)

the right also the Right [S, + sing/pl verb]

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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: 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 tell me what to do? 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.

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rightexclamation

uk   /raɪt/ us   /raɪt/ informal
  • 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, everyone. 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...

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rightverb [T]

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"right" in Business English

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rightnoun

uk   /raɪt/ us  
[C or U] someone who has the right to something, or the right to do something, is allowed to have it or do it, often legally or officially: have a right to sth Everybody has a right to equal treatment.have the right to do sth Shareholders have the right to vote on the appointment of a new CEO. She is a leading campaigner for consumer rights. workers'/employment rights human/civil rights voting/property rights
rights [plural]
LAW if a person, company, or organization has the rights to something, they are legally allowed to buy, sell, broadcast, etc. that thing: If the group loses the court case, it will lose its exclusive rights to broadcast live games. distribution rights film/TV/broadcasting rights licensing/marketing rights
all rights reserved
LAW a phrase used to show that a particular person or particular people own the rights to a book, film, etc.
rights [plural]
STOCK MARKET new shares in a particular company that have become available for existing shareholders to buy: The company made a rights issue of one new share for every four held.
(Definition of right from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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