left - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [singular] the left side or direction
    on the left (of someone/something):

    On the left of the picture you can see his grandmother, Jane Cryer.

    on your left:

    When you come out of the lift, my office is the third door on your left.

    to the left:

    The car swerved to the left and then to the right.

    someone’s left:

    Standing to my left is Dr James Shaw.

    1. a.
      [countable] a road, path etc on the left side
      take a left:

      At the end of the High Street, take a left into Church Lane.

      the next/first etc left:

      It’s the first left after the traffic lights.

  2. 2

    the left


    the Left

    people or groups with left-wing political opinions, for example those who generally believe that property, money, and power should be shared more equally

    Younger voters tended to be on the left.

    He received strong criticism from the left of the party.

    a hero of the left

  3. 3
    [countable] a hit made with your left hand, especially in the sport of boxing