Left meaning

lĕft
On the left side.
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Simple past tense and past participle of leave..
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The left side or direction.
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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.

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Of the political left; communist, socialist, liberal, etc.
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(politics) A liberal or radical position, esp. one varying from moderate socialism to communism, or a party or group advocating this.
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(boxing) A punch delivered with the left fist.
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(Ireland, colloquial) Permitted, allowed to proceed.

We were not left go to the beach after school except on a weekend.

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There are only three cups of juice left.

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The opposite of right; toward the west when one is facing north.

Turn left at the corner.

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Towards the left side.
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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.

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Toward or on the left.
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Of the side or bank of a river on the left of a person facing downstream.
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On or toward the left hand or side.
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(politics) Pertaining to the political left; liberal.
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Of or belonging to the political or intellectual left.
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(sports) A blow delivered by a boxer's left hand.
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(baseball) Left field.
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(politics) The ensemble of left-wing political parties. Those holding left-wing views as a group.

The political left is not holding enough power.

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have two left feet
  • to be very clumsy, specif., to be a clumsy dancer
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

have two left feet

Origin of 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

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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 *lubjanÄ… "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.

    From Wiktionary

  • From a verbal use of leave (“permission"), perhaps connected to Middle English leven (“to give leave to, permit, concede"), from Old English lÄ«efan, lȳfan (“to allow"). More at leave.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English left, variant of laft (“remaining, left"), from Old English lÇ£fd, Ä¡elÇ£fd, past participle of lÇ£fan (“to leave"). More at leave.

    From Wiktionary