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LEFT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does left mean? 

LEFT (noun)
  The noun LEFT has 5 senses:

1. location near or direction toward the left side; i.e. the side to the north when a person or object faces east
2. those who support varying degrees of social or political or economic change designed to promote the public welfare
3. the hand that is on the left side of the body
4. the piece of ground in the outfield on the catcher's left
5. a turn toward the side of the body that is on the north when the person is facing east

  Familiarity information: LEFT used as a noun is common.


LEFT (adjective)
  The adjective LEFT has 4 senses:

1. being or located on or directed toward the side of the body to the west when facing north
2. not used up
3. intended for the left hand
4. of or belonging to the political or intellectual left

  Familiarity information: LEFT used as an adjective is uncommon.


LEFT (adverb)
  The adverb LEFT has 1 sense:

1. toward or on the left; also used figuratively

  Familiarity information: LEFT used as an adverb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


LEFT (noun)


Sense 1left [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Location near or direction toward the left side; i.e. the side to the north when a person or object faces east

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Context example:

she stood on the left

Hypernyms ("left" is a kind of...):

place; position (the particular portion of space occupied by something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "left"):

left stage; stage left (the part of the stage on the actor's left as the actor faces the audience)

Antonym:

right (location near or direction toward the right side; i.e. the side to the south when a person or object faces east)


Sense 2left [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Those who support varying degrees of social or political or economic change designed to promote the public welfare

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

left wing; left

Hypernyms ("left" is a kind of...):

faction; sect (a dissenting clique)


Sense 3left [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The hand that is on the left side of the body

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Synonyms:

left hand; left

Context example:

jab with your left

Hypernyms ("left" is a kind of...):

hand; manus; mitt; paw (the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb)


Sense 4left [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The piece of ground in the outfield on the catcher's left

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

left field; leftfield; left

Context example:

the batter flied out to left

Hypernyms ("left" is a kind of...):

parcel; parcel of land; piece of ground; piece of land; tract (an extended area of land)

Holonyms ("left" is a part of...):

outfield (the area of a baseball playing field beyond the lines connecting the bases)


Sense 5left [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A turn toward the side of the body that is on the north when the person is facing east

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

take a left at the corner

Hypernyms ("left" is a kind of...):

turn; turning (the act of changing or reversing the direction of the course)


LEFT (adjective)


Sense 1left [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Being or located on or directed toward the side of the body to the west when facing north

Context examples:

my left hand / left center field / the left bank of a river is bank on your left side when you are facing downstream

Similar:

left-hand (located on or directed toward the left)

leftmost (farthest to the left)

near; nigh (being on the left side)

larboard; port (located on the left side of a ship or aircraft)

Also:

left-handed (using or intended for the left hand)

Attribute:

place; position (the particular portion of space occupied by something)

Antonym:

right (being or located on or directed toward the side of the body to the east when facing north)


Sense 2left [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not used up

Synonyms:

remaining; leftover; left over; left; unexpended; odd

Context examples:

leftover meatloaf / she had a little money left over so she went to a movie / some odd dollars left / saved the remaining sandwiches for supper / unexpended provisions

Similar:

unexhausted (not used up completely)


Sense 3left [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Intended for the left hand

Synonyms:

left-hand; left

Context example:

I rarely lose a left-hand glove

Similar:

left-handed (using or intended for the left hand)


Sense 4left [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or belonging to the political or intellectual left

Similar:

liberal (having political or social views favoring reform and progress)

left-of-center; left-wing; leftist (believing in or supporting tenets of the political left)

leftish (tending toward the political left)

far left (radical or extremely liberal)

Also:

liberal (tolerant of change; not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or tradition)

socialist; socialistic (advocating or following the socialist principles)

Antonym:

center (of or belonging to neither the right nor the left politically or intellectually)

right (of or belonging to the political or intellectual right)


LEFT (adverb)


Sense 1left [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Toward or on the left; also used figuratively

Context examples:

he looked right and left / the political party has moved left

Antonym:

right (toward or on the right; also used figuratively)


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