right - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [uncountable] behaviour that is considered good or moral

    I think we’ve got right on our side (=we are morally right).

    right and wrong (=good and bad):

    Do children of that age really know the difference between right and wrong?

  2. 2
    [countable] something that you are morally or legally allowed to do or have
    equal rights (for someone) (=the same rights for everyone):

    legislation providing equal employment rights for women

    right to:

    the right to political asylum

    have a/no/every right to do something:

    After the way you’ve been treated, you have every right to complain.

    You have no right to come barging in here like that.

    give someone the right to do something:

    What gives you the right to talk to me in that high-handed way?

  3. 3


    [plural] the legal authority to publish a book, play, film, piece of music etc or to use it for a performance or production
    right to:

    I hear that she sold the film rights to her book for a substantial sum.

  4. 4
    [singular] the side of your body that is towards the east when you are facing north, or this direction
    the right:

    Could people in the front two rows move a little to the right?

    on the right (of):

    Her house is on the right of the street.

    on someone’s right:

    It’s the second door on your right.

    to someone’s right:

    As we climbed, we saw a row of mountains to our right.

    1. a.
      [singular] a turn towards the right by someone walking or driving
      make/take a right:

      Take a right at the art gallery.

  5. 5

    the right


    the Right

    the political party or the group of people within a society who are conservative in their political views: can be followed by a singular or plural verb

    The Minister has been attacked by the Right for her reforms.

    1. a.

      the right

      the members of a particular political party who are the most conservative in their political views: can be followed by a singular or plural verb

      Most people on the right of the party support privatization.

  6. 6
    [countable] a hit made with your right hand
    right to:

    He was knocked out with a right to the jaw.

derived word


noun [uncountable]