Meaning of LEFT in English



Pronunciation: ' left

Function: adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English, weak; akin to Middle Low German lucht left; from the left hand's being the weaker in most individuals

Date: 13th century

1 a : of, relating to, situated on, or being the side of the body in which the heart is mostly located b : done with the left hand <a left hook to the jaw> c : located nearer to the left hand than to the right d (1) : located on the left of an observer facing in the same direction as the object specified <stage left > (2) : located on the left when facing downstream <the left bank of a river>

2 often capitalized : of, adhering to, or constituted by the left especially in politics

– left adverb

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