Meaning of RIGHT in English

I. ˈrīt adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English riht; akin to Old High German reht right, Latin rectus straight, right, regere to lead straight, direct, rule, rogare to ask, Greek oregein to stretch out

Date: before 12th century

1. : righteous , upright

2. : being in accordance with what is just, good, or proper

right conduct

3. : conforming to facts or truth : correct

the right answer

4. : suitable , appropriate

the right man for the job

5. : straight

a right line

6. : genuine , real


a. : of, relating to, situated on, or being the side of the body which is away from the side on which the heart is mostly located

b. : located nearer to the right hand than to the left

c. : located to the right of an observer facing the object specified or directed as the right arm would point when raised out to the side


(1) : located on the right of an observer facing in the same direction as the object specified

stage right

(2) : located on the right when facing downstream

the right bank of a river

e. : done with the right hand

a right hook to the jaw

8. : having the axis perpendicular to the base

right cone

9. : of, relating to, or constituting the principal or more prominent side of an object

made sure the socks were right side out

10. : acting or judging in accordance with truth or fact

time proved her right


a. : being in good physical or mental health or order

not in his right mind

b. : being in a correct or proper state

put things right

12. : most favorable or desired : preferable ; also : socially acceptable

knew all the right people

13. often capitalized : of, adhering to, or constituted by the Right especially in politics

Synonyms: see correct

• right·ness noun

II. noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English riht, from riht, adjective

Date: before 12th century

1. : qualities (as adherence to duty or obedience to lawful authority) that together constitute the ideal of moral propriety or merit moral approval

2. : something to which one has a just claim: as

a. : the power or privilege to which one is justly entitled

voting right s

his right to decide


(1) : the interest that one has in a piece of property — often used in plural

mineral right s

(2) plural : the property interest possessed under law or custom and agreement in an intangible thing especially of a literary and artistic nature

film right s of the novel

3. : something that one may properly claim as due

knowing the truth is her right

4. : the cause of truth or justice


a. : right hand 1a ; also : a blow struck with this hand

gave him a hard right on the jaw

b. : the location or direction of the right side

woods on his right

c. : the part on the right side

d. : right field

e. : a turn to the right

take a right at the stop sign


a. : the true account or correct interpretation

b. : the quality or state of being factually correct

7. often capitalized

a. : the part of a legislative chamber located to the right of the presiding officer

b. : the members of a continental European legislative body occupying the right as a result of holding more conservative political views than other members


a. often capitalized : individuals professing support of the established order and favoring traditional attitudes and practices and conservative governmental policies

b. often capitalized : a conservative position


a. : a privilege given stockholders to subscribe pro rata to a new issue of securities generally below market price

b. : the negotiable certificate evidencing such privilege — usually used in plural

• right·most -ˌmōst adjective

- by rights

- in one's own right

- of right

- to rights

III. adverb

Date: before 12th century

1. : according to right

live right

2. : in the exact location, position, or moment : precisely

right at his fingertips

quit right then and there

3. : in a suitable, proper, or desired manner

knew he wasn't doing it right

4. : in a direct line, course, or manner : directly , straight

go right home

came right out and said it

5. : according to fact or truth : truly

guessed right


a. : all the way

windows right to the floor

b. : in a complete manner

felt right at home

7. : without delay : immediately

right after lunch

8. : to a great degree : very

a right pleasant day

9. : on or to the right

looked left and right

IV. verb

Date: before 12th century

transitive verb


a. : to do justice to : redress the injuries of

so just is God to right the innocent — Shakespeare

b. : justify , vindicate

felt the need to right himself in court

2. : avenge

vows to right the injustice done to his family


a. : to adjust or restore to the proper state or condition

right the economy

b. : to bring or restore to an upright position

right a capsized boat

intransitive verb

: to become upright

• right·er noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.