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adjective     right pronunciation in British English
  1. 1
    if something is right, it is correct according to the facts

    ‘D’ is the right answer.

    Is this the right way to the station?

    Does anyone have the right time?

    get something right:

    Let me get this right – you told her about it?

    1. a.
      if someone is right, they are correct in their opinion or explanation

      You were absolutely right. My sweater was in the car.

      right about:

      She’s right about one thing – we do need a bigger house.

      be right in saying/thinking/believing etc something:

      I think he’s quite right in saying that these shares are overvalued.

  2. 2
    morally correct
    it is right (of someone) to do something:

    It wasn’t right of her to take advantage of you.

    do the right thing:

    You did the right thing by telling them you had lied.

    it is (only) right that:

    It is right that such efforts should be rewarded.

    it is only right to do something:

    I think it’s only right to warn you that I’m actively looking for another job.

  3. 3
    in the position, state, or situation that you would normally expect someone or something to be

    Be sure the handle is in the right position before switching on the machine.

    She hadn’t been feeling right for weeks.

    He walked in and could see immediately that something wasn’t right.

  4. 4
    on or relating to the side of your body that is towards the east when you are facing north

    Hold the bat in your right hand.

    One of the engines on the right side of the aircraft caught fire.

    Take the next right turn, which leads straight to the farm.

  5. 5
    the right person or thing for someone or something has exactly the qualities that are wanted or needed

    I’m not sure this is the right time to go on holiday.

    Harry’s definitely the right person for the job.

    right for:

    I always told you he wasn’t right for you (=as a boyfriend or husband).

  6. 6
    fashionable, important, or belonging to a high social class

    He’s seen with all the right people in all the right places.

  7. 7
    relating to the side of something that should be seen or used

    Make sure the right side of the fabric is facing outwards.

    the right way up/round:

    Perhaps you should try turning the map the right way up.

  8. 8
    British spoken complete: often used for emphasizing how bad someone or something is

    He made me look a right idiot.

    You’ve made a right mess of things.

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