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left 1

 (lĕft)
adj.
1.
a. Of, belonging to, located on, or being the side of the body to the north when the subject is facing east.
b. Of, relating to, directed toward, or located on the left side.
c. Located on the left side of a person facing downstream: the left bank of a river.
2. often Left Of or belonging to the political or intellectual left.
n.
1.
a. The direction or position on the left side.
b. The left side.
c. The left hand.
d. A turn in the direction of the left hand or side.
2. often Left
a. The people and groups who advocate liberal, often radical measures to effect change in the established order, especially in politics, with the goal of achieving the equality, freedom, and well-being of the common citizens of a state. Also called left wing.
b. The opinion of those advocating such measures.
3. Sports A blow delivered by a boxer's left hand.
4. Baseball Left field.
adv.
Toward or on the left.

[Middle English, from Old English lyft-, weak, useless (in lyftādl, paralysis). N., sense 2, from the fact that liberals often sit on the left side of the legislative chamber in various assemblies .]

left 2

 (lĕft)
v.
Past tense and past participle of leave1.

left

(lɛft)
adj
1. (usually prenominal) of or designating the side of something or someone that faces west when the front is turned towards the north
2. (usually prenominal) worn on a left hand, foot, etc
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (sometimes capital) of or relating to the political or intellectual left
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (sometimes capital) radical or progressive, esp as compared to less radical or progressive groups, persons, etc
adv
on or in the direction of the left
n
5. a left side, direction, position, area, or part.
6. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (often capital) the supporters or advocates of varying degrees of social, political, or economic change, reform, or revolution designed to promote the greater freedom, power, welfare, or comfort of the common people
7. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) to the left radical in the methods, principles, etc, employed in striving to achieve such change
8. (Boxing) boxing
a. a blow with the left hand
b. the left hand
[Old English left idle, weak, variant of lyft- (in lyftādl palsy, literally: left-disease); related to Middle Dutch lucht left]

left

(lɛft)
vb
the past tense and past participle of leave1

left1

(lɛft)

adj.
1. of, pertaining to, or located on or near the side of a person or thing that is turned toward the west when the subject is facing north (opposed to right).
2. (often cap.) of or belonging to the political Left; having liberal or radical views in politics.
n.
3. the left side, or something that is on the left side.
4. a turn toward the left: Make a left at the next corner.
5. the Left,
a. those individuals or organized groups advocating liberal reform or revolutionary change in the social, political, or economic order.
b. the liberal position held by these people.
6. (usu. cap.)
a. the part of a legislative assembly, esp. in continental Europe, that is situated to the left of the presiding officer.
b. the more liberal members of such an assembly, who customarily sit in this part.
8. a boxing blow delivered by the left hand.
adv.
9. toward the left.
[1125–75; Middle English left, lift, luft, Old English left idle, weak, c. Middle Dutch, Low German lucht(er), luft]

left2

(lɛft)

v.
pt. and pp. of leave 1 .

Left

See also right.

motion or a tendency to move to the left, as the motion of the eye.
rotation toward the left; counterclockwise rotation, a characteristic of the plane of polarization of light. — levorotatory, adj.
the state or process of turning to the left.
the state or quality of being left-handed or oriented towards the left in other ways, as a shell with counterclockwise spirals. Also sinistration. — sinistral, adj.
levorotation. Also called levogyration. — sinistrogyric, adj.

left

The people or parties who support social and political reform with a view to improving the condition or increasing the power of the common people.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.left - location near or direction toward the left sideleft - location near or direction toward the left side; i.e. the side to the north when a person or object faces east; "she stood on the left"
position, place - the particular portion of space occupied by something; "he put the lamp back in its place"
left stage, stage left - the part of the stage on the actor's left as the actor faces the audience
right - location near or direction toward the right side; i.e. the side to the south when a person or object faces east; "he stood on the right"
2.left - those who support varying degrees of social or political or economic change designed to promote the public welfare
faction, sect - a dissenting clique
3.left - the hand that is on the left side of the bodyleft - the hand that is on the left side of the body; "jab with your left"
hand, manus, mitt, paw - the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb; "he had the hands of a surgeon"; "he extended his mitt"
4.left - the piece of ground in the outfield on the catcher's leftleft - the piece of ground in the outfield on the catcher's left; "the batter flied out to left"
outfield - the area of a baseball playing field beyond the lines connecting the bases
5.left - a turn toward the side of the body that is on the north when the person is facing east; "take a left at the corner"
turning, turn - the act of changing or reversing the direction of the course; "he took a turn to the right"
Adj.1.left - being or located on or directed toward the side of the body to the west when facing north; "my left hand"; "left center field"; "the left bank of a river is bank on your left side when you are facing downstream"
left-handed - using or intended for the left hand; "left-handed golfers need left-handed clubs"; "left-handed scissors"
right - being or located on or directed toward the side of the body to the east when facing north; "my right hand"; "right center field"; "a right-hand turn"; "the right bank of a river is the bank on your right side when you are facing downstream"
2.left - not used upleft - not used up; "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"
unexhausted - not used up completely; "an unexhausted well"
3.left - intended for the left hand; "I rarely lose a left-hand glove"
left-handed - using or intended for the left hand; "left-handed golfers need left-handed clubs"; "left-handed scissors"
4.left - of or belonging to the political or intellectual left
socialist, socialistic - advocating or following the socialist principles; "socialistic government"
liberal - tolerant of change; not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or tradition
center - of or belonging to neither the right nor the left politically or intellectually
right - of or belonging to the political or intellectual right
Adv.1.left - toward or on the left; also used figuratively; "he looked right and left"; "the political party has moved left"
right - toward or on the right; also used figuratively; "he looked right and left"; "the party has moved right"

left

adjective
1. left-hand, port, larboard (Nautical) She had a pain in her chest, on the left side.
2. (of politics) socialist, liberal, radical, progressive, left-wing, leftist The play offers a new perspective on left politics.
Related words
adjectives sinister, sinistral
Translations
الجانِب الأيْسَراليَسار السٍّياسيبَاقٍنَحْو اليَساريسار
лявостанал
levývlevozbylýzbývajícílevá strana
venstrevenstrefløjtilbage
livamaldekstra
vasenvasen puolijäljelläjäljellevasemmalla
lijevilijevonalijevopreostalipreostao
bal
kiri
左に左の
남기다왼쪽왼쪽으로
sinister
kreisā pusekreisaiskreisienogriezties pa kreisi
stâng
ľavicavľavo
levilevicalevona levo
vänstervänster sidakvartill vänster
เหลือไปทางซ้ายด้านซ้าย
solsol kanatsol yan/tarafsol yandasol yön
còn lạiphía tráivề phía trái

left

2 [left]
A. ADJ
1.izquierdo
left shoezapato m (del pie) izquierdo
take a left turngira a la izquierda
to have two left feetser un patoso
2. (Pol) → de izquierda, de izquierdas (Sp)
B. ADV [turn, look] → a la izquierda
left, right and centre; left and right (US) → a diestra y siniestra, a diestro y siniestro (Sp)
they owe money left, right and centredeben dinero a todos, tienen deudas por doquier
C. N
1. (= left side) → izquierda f
turn it to the left [+ key, knob] → gíralo a la izquierda
pictured from left to right arede izquierda a derecha vemos a ...
the third from the leftel tercero empezando por la izquierda
on or to my, your lefta mi, tu izquierda
on the lefta la izquierda
it's on the left as you go inestá a la izquierda según entras
it's the first/second door on the leftes la primera/segunda puerta a la izquierda
to drive on the leftconducir or (LAm) manejar por la izquierda
"keep left"manténgase a la izquierda
2. (= left turning) take the next lefttoma la próxima a la izquierda
3. (Boxing) (= left hand) → izquierda f; (= punch) → izquierdazo m, golpe m de izquierda or con la izquierda
4. the left (Pol) → la izquierda
the parties of the leftlos partidos de izquierda or (Sp) izquierdas
D. CPD left back N (Sport) (= player) → lateral mf izquierdo/a; (= position) → lateral m izquierdo
left field N (Baseball) (= area) → jardín m izquierdo; (= position) → jardinero/a m/f izquierdo/a
to come out of left field (esp US) (fig) his question/decision came out of left fieldsu pregunta/decisión me/le pilló desprevenido
left half N (Sport) (= player) → lateral mf izquierdo/a; (= position) → lateral m izquierdo
left wing N (Sport) → banda f izquierda (Pol) → ala f izquierda
see also left-wing

left

[ˈlɛft]
pt
pp of leave
adj
(= remaining) to be left → rester
Is there any gin left? → Il reste du gin?
I haven't got any money left → Il ne me reste plus d'argent.
We've still got three days of the holiday left → Il nous reste encore trois jours de vacances.
They still have six games left to play → Il leur reste encore six matchs à jouer.
to be left over [food, money] → rester
to be left over from sth → rester de qch
a large bucket of flowers left over from the wedding → un grand seau de fleurs qui restaient du mariage
(opposite of right)gauche
my left hand → ma main gauche
on the left side of the road → sur le côté gauche de la route
advà gauche
Turn left at the traffic lights → Tournez à gauche au feu.
n
(direction)gauche f
on the left → à gauche
Her office is on the left → Son bureau est à gauche.
to the left → à gauche
the third door to the left → la troisième porte à gauche
to my left → à ma gauche
to drive on the left → conduire à gauche
(POLITICS) the left, the Left → la gaucheleft-click [ˈlɛftklɪk]
vi (with mouse button)faire un clic gauche
to left-click on sth → faire un clic gauche sur qch
vt (with mouse button)faire un clic gauche surleft-hand [ˌlɛftˈhænd] adj [side, corner] → gaucheleft-hand drive
n
(= car) → voiture f avec volant à gauche
(= driving style of car) → conduite f à gauche
adj [vehicle, car] → avec volant à gaucheleft-handed [ˌlɛftˈhændɪd] adj
[person] → gaucher/ère
She is left-handed → Elle est gauchère.
(= designed for left-handed people) [scissors, tin opener] → pour gauchersleft-hander [ˌlɛftˈhændər] n (= person) → gaucher/ère m/f

left

:
left-aligned
adj (Typ) → linksbündig
left back
left-click (Comput)
vilinks klicken
vtlinks klicken auf (+acc)
left-footed (Ftbl)
adj shotmit dem linken Fuß; left playerLinksfüßer(in) m(f); he is a left playerer ist Linksfüßer, er spielt mit dem linken Fuß
adv to shoot leftmit links schießen
left half
left-hand
adj left driveLinkssteuerung f; left sidelinke Seite; he stood on the left side of the kinger stand zur Linken des Königs; left turnlinke Abzweigung; take the left turnbieg links ab
left-handed
adjlinkshändig; toolfür Linkshänder; (fig) complimentzweifelhaft; both the children are leftbeide Kinder sind Linkshänder; a left blowein linker Treffer
adv write, bat, bowl etcmit links
left-hander
n (= punch)Linke f; (= person)Linkshänder(in) m(f)

left

:
left-luggage locker
n (Brit) → Gepäckschließfach nt
left-luggage (office)
n (Brit) → Gepäckaufbewahrung f; is there a left in this station?kann man auf diesem Bahnhof irgendwo sein Gepäck zur Aufbewahrung geben?
left-of-centre, (US) left-of-center
adj politicianlinks von der Mitte stehend; left partyMitte-Links-Partei f
leftover
n
lefts(Über)reste pl
(fig) to be a left from the pastein Überbleibsel ntaus der Vergangenheit sein
left property

left

:
left wing
nlinker Flügel (also Sport); (= player)Linksaußen m; on the left (Pol, Sport) → auf dem linken Flügel
left-wing
adj (Pol) → linke(r, s); politician alsolinksgerichtet; left extremistLinksextremist(in) m(f)
left-winger
n (Pol) → Linke(r) mf; (Sport) → Linksaußen m

left

2
adj (also Pol) → linke(r, s); no left turnLinksabbiegen verboten; he’s got two left hands (inf)er hat zwei linke Hände (inf); he’s got two left feet (inf)er ist sehr ungelenk; to come out of left field (esp US) → überraschend kommen
advlinks (of von); turn left (Aut) → links abbiegen; keep leftsich links halten, links fahren; move left a littlerücken Sie ein bisschen nach links; left, right, left, rightlinks, rechts, links, rechts; left turn! (Mil) → links um!
n
Linke(r, s); on the leftlinks (of von), auf der linken Seite (→ of +gen); on or to somebody’s leftlinks von jdm, zu jds Linken (form); his wife sat on my leftseine Frau saß links von mir or zu meiner Linken (form); take the first (on the) left after the churchbiegen Sie hinter der Kirche die erste (Straße) links ab; the third/fourth etc … from the leftder/die/das dritte/vierte etc … von links; to keep to the leftsich links halten; to drive on the leftlinks fahren; to fall to the leftnach links fallen
(Pol) → Linke f; the parties of the leftdie linken Parteien, die Parteien der Linken; to be on the leftlinks stehen; to move to the leftnach links rücken; he’s further to the left than I amer steht weiter links als ich; to be on the left of the partydem linken Flügel der Partei angehören
(Boxing) → Linke f

left

2 [lɛft]
1. adjsinistro/a
2. adva sinistra
3. nsinistra
on my left, to my left → sulla or alla mia sinistra
on the left, to the left → sulla or a sinistra
the Left (Pol) → la sinistra
he has always been on the Left → ha sempre avuto idee di sinistra

left2

(left) adjective
on, for, or belonging to, the side of the body that in most people has the less skilful hand (the side of a person or thing which is toward the west when that person or thing is facing north-opposite to right). She wore an engagement ring on her left hand; They drive on the left side of the road in Britain.
adverb
to or towards this side. He turned left at the end of the road.
noun
1. the left side, part etc. He sat on her left; She turned to her left; Take the first road on the left; Keep to the left!
2. within a political party, Parliament etc, the most radical or socialist group.
ˈleft-hand adjective
1. at the left; to the left of something else. the bottom left-hand drawer of the desk.
2. towards the left. a left-hand bend in the road.
left-ˈhanded adjective
having the left hand more skilful than the right.
left-ˈhandedness noun
left-ˈwing adjective
(having opinions which are) radical, socialist or communist.
left wing
the left of a political party.

left

بَاقٍ, يَسَارٌ, يَسَاراً levá strana, vlevo, zbylý tilbage, venstre linke Seite, links αριστερά, υπόλοιπο hacia la izquierda, izquierda, izquierdo, quedar vasemmalla, vasen, vasen puoli à gauche, de reste, gauche lijevo, nalijevo, preostao a sinistra, rimasto, sinistra, 左に, 左の 남기다, 왼쪽, 왼쪽으로 linkerkant, links, overgebleven venstre, venstre side lewa strona, lewy, na lewo à esquerda, algum, esquerda, sobrar левая сторона, налево, остаток till vänster, vänster, vänster sida เหลือ, ไปทางซ้าย, ด้านซ้าย sol, soldaki còn lại, phía trái, về phía trái 在左面, 左边, 左边的

left

a. izquierdo-a;
___ -handmano izquierda;
___ sidelado ___;
to the ___a la izquierda.

left

adj izquierdo; n (left-hand side) izquierda
References in classic literature ?
She likes it, and it won't cost much, so I'll have some left to buy my pencils," added Amy.
She had been left a large fertile farm when her father died.
The story of Doctor Reefy and his courtship of the tall dark girl who became his wife and left her money to him is a very curious story.
True, as Rothschild says, there have been many lefts in our country.
The second description, in itself, tells us little: There are many lefts and many rights, especially now that the events of 1989 have turned the political spectrum into a Jackson Pollock painting.
In the absence of a left based on universal principles, many little lefts for which the New Left had acted as a catalyst survived and went their own ways," he writes.
18: Notable for its length and difficulty as well as the fact golfers must take it on after nearly four hours on the bag, this plays 480 from the tips with trees left, OB right, a lake near a narrow landing area and the prospect of a long-iron shot to the green even with a good drive.