What is the meaning of left?

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  • Location near or direction toward the left side; i. E. The side to the north when a person or object faces east.
    • usage: "she stood on the left"
  • Those who support varying degrees of social or political or economic change designed to promote the public welfare.
  • The hand that is on the left side of the body.
    • usage: "jab with your left"
  • The piece of ground in the outfield on the catcher's left.
    • usage: "the batter flied out to left"
  • A turn toward the side of the body that is on the north when the person is facing east.
    • usage: "take a left at the corner"


  • Go away from a place.
    • usage: "At what time does your train leave"; "She didn't leave until midnight"; "The ship leaves at midnight"
  • Go and leave behind, either intentionally or by neglect or forgetfulness.
    • usage: "She left a mess when she moved out"; "His good luck finally left him"; "her husband left her after 20 years of marriage"; "she wept thinking she had been left behind"
  • Act or be so as to become in a specified state.
    • usage: "The inflation left them penniless"; "The president's remarks left us speechless"
  • Leave unchanged or undisturbed or refrain from taking.
    • usage: "leave it as is"; "leave the young fawn alone"; "leave the flowers that you see in the park behind"
  • Move out of or depart from.
    • usage: "leave the room"; "the fugitive has left the country"
  • Make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain.
    • usage: "This leaves no room for improvement"; "The evidence allows only one conclusion"; "allow for mistakes"; "leave lots of time for the trip"; "This procedure provides for lots of leeway"
  • Have as a result or residue.
    • usage: "The water left a mark on the silk dress"; "Her blood left a stain on the napkin"
  • Remove oneself from an association with or participation in.
    • usage: "She wants to leave"; "The teenager left home"; "She left her position with the Red Cross"; "He left the Senate after two terms"; "after 20 years with the same company, she pulled up stakes"
  • Put into the care or protection of someone.
    • usage: "He left the decision to his deputy"; "leave your child the nurse's care"
  • Leave or give by will after one's death.
    • usage: "My aunt bequeathed me all her jewelry"; "My grandfather left me his entire estate"
  • Have left or have as a remainder.
    • usage: "That left the four of us"; "19 minus 8 leaves 11"
  • Be survived by after one's death.
    • usage: "He left six children"; "At her death, she left behind her husband and 11 cats"
  • Transmit (knowledge or skills. )
    • usage: "give a secret to the Russians"; "leave your name and address here"; "impart a new skill to the students"
  • Leave behind unintentionally.
    • usage: "I forgot my umbrella in the restaurant"; "I left my keys inside the car and locked the doors"


  • Being or located on or directed toward the side of the body to the west when facing north.
    • usage: "my left hand"; "left center field"; "the left bank of a river is bank on your left side when you are facing downstream"
  • Not used up.
    • usage: "leftover meatloaf"; "she had a little money left over so she went to a movie"; "some odd dollars left"; "saved the remaining sandwiches for supper"; "unexpended provisions"
  • Intended for the left hand.
    • usage: "I rarely lose a left-hand glove"
  • Of or belonging to the political or intellectual left.


  • Toward or on the left; also used figuratively.
    • usage: "he looked right and left"; "the political party has moved left"
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APAWordNet. (2010). left. Retrieved September 24, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/left/definitions/1177435
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "left" http://smartdefine.org/left/definitions/1177435 (accessed September 24, 2018).
HarvardWordNet 2010, left, Smart Define, viewed 24 September, 2018, <http://smartdefine.org/left/definitions/1177435>.
MLAWordNet. "left" 23 October 2010. Web. 24 September 2018. <http://smartdefine.org/left/definitions/1177435>
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