Meaning of LEFT in English


/ left; NAmE / adjective , adverb , noun

—see also leave verb

■ adjective

[ only before noun ] on the side of your body which is towards the west when you are facing north :

Fewer people write with their left hand than with their right.

I broke my left leg.

the left side of the field

The university is on the left bank of the river.

Take a left turn at the intersection.

( sport )

a left back / wing

a left hook

OPP right

►  left adverb :

Turn left at the intersection.

Look left and right before you cross the road.


- have two left feet

- left, right and centre

—more at right adverb

■ noun


the / sb's left [ sing. ] the left side or direction :

She was sitting on my left .

Twist your body to the left, then to the right.

Take the next road on the left .

To the left of the library is the bank.


[ sing. ] the first, second, etc. left the first, second, etc. road on the left side :

Take the first left.


a left [ sing. ] a turn to the left :

( BrE )

to take a left

( NAmE )

to hang / make a left


the left , the Left [ sing.+ sing./pl. v . ] political groups who support the ideas and beliefs of socialism :

The Left only has / have a small chance of winning power.

a left-leaning newspaper


the left [ sing.+ sing./pl. v . ] the part of a political party whose members are most in favour of social change :

She is on the far left of the party.


[ C ] ( in boxing ) a blow that is made with your left hand :

He hit him with two sharp lefts.

OPP right



Old English lyft , left weak (the left-hand side being regarded as the weaker side of the body), of West Germanic origin.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.