Meaning of LEFT in English
I. left 1 S1 W1 /left/ BrE AmE adjective [only before noun]
[ Language: Old English ; Origin: 'weak' ]
1 . your left side is the side of your body that contains your heart OPP right :
She held out her left hand.
a scar on the left side of his face
2 . on the same side of something as your left side OPP right :
Take the next left turn.
the left bank of the river
a pile of papers on the left side of the desk
3 . have two left feet informal to move in an awkward way when you are running or doing a sport:
a tall, clumsy-looking boy with two left feet
4 . the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing used to say that one part of a group or organization does not know what the other parts are doing
II. left 2 S3 W3 BrE AmE adverb
towards the direction or side that is on the left OPP right :
Turn left just after the school.
III. left 3 S3 W3 BrE AmE noun
1 . the left/sb’s left the side of your body that contains your heart OPP right
on/to the left (of something)
Take the next road on the left.
Our house is just to the left of the school.
on/to sb’s left
On your left you can see the Houses of Parliament.
2 . (from) left to right from the left side to the right side of something:
The photo shows, from left to right, his daughters Molly, Fiona, and Anne.
3 . the left/the Left political parties and groups that support the ideas and beliefs of ↑ socialism . They usually want large industries to be owned by the state, and to use taxes to help solve social problems OPP right :
He has support from the Left.
politicians on the left of the party
The party is moving further to the left.
4 . [countable] a hit made with your left hand OPP right
5 . take a left ( also hang a left American English ) to turn left:
Take the next left (=turn left at the next road) .
IV. left 4 BrE AmE
the past tense and past participle of ↑ leave 1
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. Longman - Словарь современного английского языка. 2012