- Right means correctly, completely, thoroughly or exactly.
- An example of right is when you give 4 as the answer to 2+2.
- An example of right is when you stand directly next to your friend.
- An example of right is when a tornado took a roof off a house.
- Right is defined as something is the correct, proper or moral choice or something that is true or correct.
- An example of right is honesty.
- An example of right is an answer that is correct.
- To right is defined as to put back into the proper upright position.
An example of right is when you pick up a glass that tipped over and place it on the table with the bottom of the glass on the tablecloth.
- Obs. not curved; straight: now only in mathematics: a right line
- formed by, or with reference to, a straight line or plane perpendicular to a base: a right angle
- having the axis perpendicular to the base: a right cylinder
- in accordance with justice, law, morality, etc.; upright; virtuous: right conduct
- in accordance with fact, reason, some set standard, etc.; correct; true: the right answer
- correct in thought, statement, or action: to be right in one's answer
- fitting; appropriate; suitable
- most convenient or favorable
- reputable, approved, fashionable, etc.: she always associates with the right people
- Brit., Informal genuine; absolute: he made a right fool of himself
- designating the side, surface, etc. meant to be seen; designating the finished, principal, or upper side or surface: the right side of cloth
- sound; normal: in one's right mind
- mentally sound or normal; sane: not quite right
- having sound health or good spirits
- in a satisfactory condition, or in good order: to make things right again
- designating or of that side of one's body which is toward the east when one faces north, the side of the more-used hand in most people
- designating or of the corresponding side of anything
- closer to the right side of a person directly before and facing the thing mentioned or understood: the top right drawer of a desk
- of the side or bank of a river on the right of a person facing downstream
- of the political right; conservative or reactionary
Origin of rightMiddle English from Old English riht, straight, direct, right, akin to German recht from Indo-European base an unverified form re?-, straight, stretch out, put in order from source rich, reckon, Classical Latin regere, to rule, rex, king, regula, a rule
- what is right, or just, lawful, morally good, proper, correct, etc.
- that which a person has a just claim to; power, privilege, etc. that belongs to a person by law, nature, or tradition: the right of free speech
- [often pl.] an interest in property, real or intangible
- all or part of the right side
- what is on the right side
- a direction or location on the right side: often with the
- a turn toward the right side: take a right at the fork
- Baseball right field
- the right hand
- a blow delivered with the right hand
- the privilege given to a company's stockholders of buying shares in a new issue of stock, usually at a price below the current market price
- the negotiable certificate indicating this privilege
Origin of rightfrom the arrangement of seats of the various parties in some European legislatures[oftenR-]Politics a conservative or reactionary position, esp. one varying from moderate capitalism to fascism, or a party or group advocating this: often with the
- in a straight line; straight; directly: go right home
- properly; fittingly
- favorably, conveniently, or well
- completely; thoroughly: soaked right through his coat
- exactly; precisely: right here, right now
- without pause or delay; immediately: come right down
- according to law, justice, etc.; in an upright way; rightly: to do right by someone
- correctly or accurately
- on or toward the right hand or side
- very; extremely [to know something right well]: informal except in certain titles: the right honorable, the right reverend
Origin of rightME < OE rihte
- to put in or restore to an upright or proper position: to right a capsized boat
- to correct; make conform with fact, etc.
- to put in order; set right: to right a room
- to do justice to (a person); make amends to
- to make amends for (a wrong, etc.); redress or avenge
in one's own right
in the right
- Conforming with or conformable to justice, law, or morality: do the right thing and confess.
- In accordance with fact, reason, or truth; correct: the right answer.
- Fitting, proper, or appropriate: It is not right to leave the party without saying goodbye.
- Most favorable, desirable, or convenient: the right time to act.
- In or into a satisfactory state or condition: put things right.
- In good mental or physical health or order.
- Intended to be worn or positioned facing outward or toward an observer: the right side of the dress; made sure that the right side of the fabric was visible.
- a. Of, belonging to, located on, or being the side of the body to the south when the subject is facing east.b. Of, relating to, directed toward, or located on the right side.c. Located on the right side of a person facing downstream: the right bank of a river.
- often Right Of or belonging to the political or intellectual right.
- Mathematics a. Formed by or in reference to a line or plane that is perpendicular to another line or plane.b. Having the axis perpendicular to the base: right cone.c. Having a right angle: a right triangle.
- Straight; uncurved; direct: a right line.
- Archaic Not spurious; genuine.
- That which is just, moral, or proper.
- a. The direction or position on the right side.b. The right side.c. The right hand.d. A turn in the direction of the right hand or side.
- often Right a. The people and groups who advocate the adoption of conservative or reactionary measures, especially in government and politics. Also called right wing .b. The opinion of those advocating such measures.
- Sports A blow delivered by a boxer's right hand.
- Baseball Right field.
- a. A just or legal claim or title.b. Something that is due to a person or governmental body by law, tradition, or nature.c. Something, especially humane treatment, claimed to be due to animals by moral principle.
- often rights a. An existing stockholder's legally protected claim to purchase additional shares in a corporation ahead of those who are not currently stockholders, especially at a cost lower than market value.b. The negotiable paper on which such an entitlement is indicated.
- Toward or on the right.
- In a straight line; directly: went right to school.
- In the proper or desired manner; well: The jacket doesn't fit right.
- Exactly; just: The accident happened right over there.
- Immediately: called me right after dinner.
- Completely; quite: The icy wind blew right through me.
- According to law, morality, or justice.
- Accurately; correctly: answered the question right.
- Chiefly Southern US Considerably; very: They have a right nice place.
- Used as an intensive: kept right on going.
- Used in titles: The Right Reverend Jane Smith.
verbright·ed, right·ing, rights
- To put in or restore to an upright or proper position: They righted their boat.
- To put in order or set right; correct: measures designed to right generations of unfair labor practices.
- To make reparation or amends for; redress: right a wrong.
Origin of rightMiddle English from Old English riht ; see reg- in Indo-European roots. N., sense 3, from the fact that conservatives sit on the right side of the legislative chamber in various assemblies
See also left.dextrality 1. the condition of having the right side distinct or different from the left. 2. righthandedness. dextrogyration dextrorotation. —dextrogyric, adj. dextrorotation movement or rotation to the right, or clockwise. Also called dextrogyration. dextroversion the state or process of turning to the right.
(comparative righter, superlative rightest)
- (archaic) Straight, not bent.
- a right line
- Of an angle, having a size of 90 degrees, or one quarter of a complete rotation; the angle between two perpendicular lines.
- The kitchen counter formed a right angle with the back wall.
- Complying with justice, correctness or reason; correct, just, true.
- I thought you'd made a mistake, but it seems you were right all along.
- It's not right that one person gets all the credit for the group's work.
- Appropriate, perfectly suitable; fit for purpose.
- Is this the right software for my computer?
- Healthy, sane, competent.
- I'm afraid my father is no longer in his right mind.
- Real; veritable.
- You've made a right mess of the kitchen!
- (Australia) All right; not requiring assistance
- (dated) Most favourable or convenient; fortunate.
(comparative more right, superlative rightmost)
- Designating the side of the body which is positioned to the east if one is facing north. This arrow points to the right: â†’
- After the accident, her right leg was slighly shorter than her left.
- Designed to be placed or worn outward.
- the right side of a piece of cloth
- (politics) Pertaining to the political right; conservative.
- On the right side.
- Towards the right side.
- Yes, that is correct; I agree.
- I agree with whatever you say; I have no opinion.
- Signpost word to change the subject in a discussion or discourse.
- - After that interview, I don't think we should hire her.- Right "” who wants lunch?
- Used to check agreement at the end of an utterance.
- You're going, right?
- Used to add seriousness or decisiveness before a statement.
- That which complies with justice, law or reason.
- We're on the side of right in this contest.
- A legal or moral entitlement.
- You have no right to go through my personal diary.
- The right side or direction.
- The pharmacy is just on the right past the bookshop.
- (politics) The ensemble of right-wing political parties; political conservatives as a group.
- The political right holds too much power.
- The outward or most finished surface, as of a piece of cloth, a carpet, etc.
From Middle English right (“right"), from Old English riht, reht (“right"), from Proto-Germanic *rehtaz (“right, direct"), from Proto-Indo-European *hâ‚ƒreÇµtÃ³s (“having moved in a straight line"), from Proto-Indo-European *hâ‚ƒreÇµ- (“to straighten, direct"). An Indo-European past participle, it became a Germanic adjective which has been used also as a noun since the common Germanic period. Cognate with West Frisian rjocht, Dutch recht, German recht/Recht, Swedish rÃ¤tt and rÃ¤t, Danish ret, Norwegian rett, and Icelandic rÃ©tt. The Indo-European root is also the source of Greek á½€ÏÎµÎºÏ„ÏŒÏ‚, Latin rectus, Albanian drejt and the Sanskrit à¤‹à¤¤ (á¹›tÃ¡).
(third-person singular simple present rights, present participle righting, simple past and past participle righted)
- To correct.
- Righting all the wrongs of the war will be impossible.
- To set upright.
- The tow-truck righted what was left of the automobile.
- (intransitive) To return to normal upright position.
- When the wind died down, the ship righted.
- To do justice to; to relieve from wrong; to restore rights to; to assert or regain the rights of.
- to right the oppressed
- Exactly, precisely.
- The arrow landed right in the middle of the target.
- Luckily we arrived right at the start of the film.
- (UK, US, dialect) Very, extremely, quite.
- I made a right stupid mistake there, didn't I?
- I stubbed my toe a week ago and it still hurts right much.
- According to fact or truth; actually; truly; really.
- In a correct manner.
- Do it right or don't do it at all.
- (dated, still used in some titles) To a great extent or degree.
- Sir, I am right glad to meet you ...
- Members of the Queen's Privy Council are styled The Right Honourable for life.
- The Right Reverend Monsignor Guido Sarducci.
In the US, the word "right" is used as an adverb meaning "very, quite" in most of the major dialect areas, including the Southern US, Appalachia, New England, and the Midwest, though the usage is not part of standard US English.
Old English rihtan (“to straighten, judge, set upright, set right"), from riht, from the same ultimate source as Etymology 1, above.
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