- The definition of left is a person on the liberal side of politics or on the opposite side from the right side.
- An example of being on the political left is a pro-choice person.
- An example of the left hand is the less commonly used hand by most persons.
- Left is defined as something remaining or to have gone away.
- An example of being left is a lone tomato hanging on a plant.
- An example of having left is to have walked out of the office.
This sign indicates that you can not make a left turn.
- designating or of that side of one's body which is toward the west when one faces north, the side of the less-used hand in most people
- designating or of the corresponding side of anything
- closer to the left side of a person directly before and facing the thing mentioned or understood: the top left drawer of a desk
- of the side or bank of a river on the left of a person facing downstream
- of the political left; liberal or radical
Origin of leftMiddle English (Kentish) variant, variety of lift ; from Old English lyft, weak, akin to East Frisian luf, weak
- all or part of the left side
- what is on the left side
- a direction or location on the left side: often with the
- a turn toward the left side
- ☆ Baseball left field
- the left hand
- a blow delivered with the left hand
- Politics a liberal or radical position, esp. one varying from moderate socialism to communism, or a party or group advocating this: often with the: from the position of the seats occupied in some European legislatures
have two left feet
- 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.
- often Left Of or belonging to the political or intellectual left.
- 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.
- often Lefta. 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.
- Sports A blow delivered by a boxer's left hand.
- Baseball Left field.
Origin of leftMiddle 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 .
See also right.levoduction motion or a tendency to move to the left, as the motion of the eye. levorotation rotation toward the left; counterclockwise rotation, a characteristic of the plane of polarization of light. —levorotatory, adj. levoversion the state or process of turning to the left. sinistrality 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. sinistrogyration levorotation. Also called levogyration. —sinistrogyric, adj.
(comparative more left or lefter, superlative leftmost)
- On the left side.
- Towards the left side.
From Middle English left, luft, leoft, lift, lyft, from Old English left, lyft (“weak, useless”), from Proto-Germanic *luft- (compare Scots left (“left”), North Frisian lefts, leeft, leefts (“left”), West Frisian lofts (“left”), dialectal Dutch loof (“weak, worthless”), dialectal Low German lucht (“left”), from *lubjaną "to castrate, lop off" (compare dialectal English lib, West Frisian lobje, Dutch lubben), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)leup, *(s)lup "hanging limply". More at lob, lop.
- (Ireland, colloquial) permitted, allowed to proceed.
- We were not left go to the beach after school except on a weekend.
Variant of leave
transitive verbleft, leaving
- to cause or allow to remain; not take away: to leave some of the food for latecomers
- to make, place, deposit, etc., and cause to remain behind one: to leave one's calling card
- to have remaining after one: the deceased leaves a widow
- to bequeath: to leave a fortune to charity
- to let be in the care of; entrust: with to or up to: to leave a decision to another
- to give as a remainder by subtraction: ten minus two leaves eight
- to reject: take it or leave it
- to go away from: to leave the house
- to let stay or cause to be in a certain condition: the flood left them homeless
- to give up; abandon; forsake
- to stop living in, working for, or belonging to
- Chiefly Dial. to let or allow: leave us go now
Origin of leaveMiddle English leven ; from Old English læfan, literally , to let remain (; from an unverified form lafjan ; from base of laf, remnant, what remains), akin to (be)lifan, to remain, German bleiben, Old High German belīban ; from Indo-European an unverified form leip-, to smear with grease, stick to ; from base an unverified form lei-, viscous, sticky from source Classical Latin limus: see lime
- to stop; cease
- to stop doing, using, or wearing
- to omit
- to ignore
leave well enough alone