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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 ​hatlooks just right on you.
  • right adjective, adverb (HEALTHY)

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

[not gradable] consideredfair or ​morallyacceptable 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] youropportunity to ​act and to be ​treated in ​particularways that the ​lawpromises 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 ​keeptheirmedicalrecords confidential. The ​dispute is over ​fishing rights.
  • right noun (POLITICS)

politics & government [U] politicalgroups that ​believe in ​limitedgovernment and ​economiccontrols, ​privateownership of ​property and ​wealth, and ​traditionalsocialattitudes

rightadjective, adverb, noun [C/U]

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

the ​side of the ​bodyopposite the ​side that ​contains the ​heart, or the ​direction that is the ​opposite of ​left: Most ​peoplethrow 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 ​expressagreement 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 inthinking (= is it ​true) that you will be at the ​conference? You're right to be ​annoyed - you've been ​treated very ​badly. You must putmatters right (= make the ​situationbetter) by ​telling the ​truth.
A1 If you are right about something or someone, you are ​correct in ​yourjudgment or ​statement about it, him, or her: You were right about Pete - he's a ​realtroublemaker.

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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 ​swimmingpool was just right (= ​exactly as I ​wanted it). That ​hatlooks just right on you. He ​thought the time was right tolet his ​intentions be ​known.
used to refer to a ​person who is ​considered to be ​sociallyimportant 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 ​correctposition: 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] consideredfair or ​morallyacceptable by most ​people: I don't ​believe they should have put him in ​prison. It isn't right. [+ to infinitive] It's not right tocriticizepeople 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 ​yourbody that is to the ​east when you are ​facingnorth: 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 ​yourbody that is to the ​east when you are ​facingnorth: Turn/Go right (= take the ​road on the right) at the first ​trafficlights.
  • 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 ​carran 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 ​betterleave right now.
right now
at the ​presenttime: 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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  • Italic writing ​slants to the right.
  • Tens go in the ​left-handcolumn and ​units in the right.
  • We have to ​turn down/into/up the next ​road on the right.
  • Ours is the third ​road on the right.
  • Go up the ​stairs and her ​office is on the right.
  • right noun (POLITICS)

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

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C2 politicalparties or ​people that have ​traditionalopinions, and that ​believe in ​lowtaxes, ​property, and ​industry being ​privatelyowned, 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 ​legallycorrect.
B2 [C or U] the ​fact that a ​person or ​animal can ​expect to be ​treated in a ​fair, ​morallyacceptable, 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 toeducation. She has no more right to a ​companycar 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 totell me what to do? You have every right (= you have a good ​reason) tocomplain.
within your rights
If you are within ​your rights to do something, you are ​legallyallowed to do it: I ​think I'm ​quite within my rights todemand a ​fullrefund.
rights [plural]
legalcontrols 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 ​particularcompany that have ​becomeavailable 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 ​companyneeds over a million ​dollars to set ​itsfinances to rights.

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rightexclamation

uk   /raɪt/  us   /raɪt/ informal
  • right exclamation (AGREEMENT)

A2 used to ​expressagreement 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 ​peoplenotice you, ​especially so that you can ​start an ​activity: Right, everyone. Could you all ​stoptalking, and then we'll ​begin.
said between ​parts of a ​story that you are ​telling, in ​order to make ​certain that ​people are ​payingattention 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]

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

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rightnoun

uk   us   /raɪt/
[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 ​equaltreatment.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 ​legallyallowed to ​buy, ​sell, ​broadcast, etc. that thing: If the ​grouploses the ​courtcase, it will ​lose its exclusive rights to ​broadcastlive 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.
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