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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

right*raɪt(adj.; n.; adv.; v.)right•er, right•est

  1. (adj.)in accordance with what is good, proper, or just:

    right conduct.

  2. in conformity with fact or reason:

    the right answer.

  3. correct in judgment, opinion, or action.

  4. appropriate; suitable:

    to say the right thing.

  5. most desirable:

    the right time for a decision.

  6. of, pertaining to, or located on or near the side of a person or thing that is turned toward the east when the subject is facing north

    Ref: (opposed to left 1 ).

  7. sound; sane:

    in one's right mind.

  8. in good health or spirits:

    I haven't felt right in days.

  9. principal, front, or upper:

    right side up.

  10. (often cap.) of or belonging to the political Right; having conservative or reactionary views in politics.

    Category: Government

  11. socially desirable or influential:

    know the right people.

  12. straight:

    a right line.

  13. having an axis perpendicular to the base:

    a right cone.

    Category: Math

  14. Math. pertaining to an element of a set that has a given property when placed on the right of an element or set of elements of the given set:

    a right identity.

    Category: Math

  15. genuine; authentic:

    the right owner.

  16. (n.)something that is due to anyone by just claim, legal guarantees, moral principles, etc.:

    the right to free speech.

  17. that which is morally, legally, or ethically proper:

    to know right from wrong.

  18. a moral, ethical, or legal principle considered as an underlying cause of truth, justice, morality, or ethics.

  19. Sometimes, rights. the interest or ownership a person, group, or business has in property.

  20. the property itself or its value.

  21. Often, rights. the privilege of subscribing to a specified amount of a stock or bond issue, or the document certifying this privilege.

    Category: Business

  22. that which is in accord with fact, reason, or propriety.

  23. the state or quality or an instance of being correct.

  24. the side that is normally opposite to that where the heart is:

    to turn to the right.

  25. a right-hand turn:

    Make a right at the corner.

  26. the one of a pair, as of shoes or gloves, that is shaped for, used by, or situated on the right side.

  27. the Right, individuals or groups advocating maintenance of the established political, social, or economic order. the conservative position held by these people.

    Category: Government

  28. (usu. cap.) the part of a legislative assembly, esp. in continental Europe, that is situated to the right of the presiding officer. the more conservative members of such an assembly, who customarily sit in this part.

    Category: Government

  29. a boxing blow delivered by the right hand.

    Category: Sport

  30. (adv.)in a straight or direct line:

    right to the bottom.

  31. quite; completely:

    My hat was knocked right off.

  32. immediately; promptly:

    right after dinner.

  33. exactly; precisely:

    right here.

  34. correctly or accurately:

    to guess right.

  35. righteously; properly:

    to live right.

  36. advantageously or well:

    to turn out right.

  37. on or to the right:

    to turn right.

  38. Informal. very; extremely:

    a right fine day.

  39. (often cap.) very (used in certain titles):

    The Right Reverend John Stewart.

  40. (v.t.)to put in an upright position:

    to right a fallen lamp.

  41. to bring into conformity with fact; correct:

    to right one's point of view.

  42. to do justice to; avenge:

    to be righted in court.

  43. to redress:

    to right a wrong.

  44. (v.i.)to resume an upright or proper position.

Idioms for right:

  1. by rights,in fairness; justly.

    Category: Idiom

  2. in one's own right,by reason of one's own ability, ownership, or qualifications.

    Category: Idiom

  3. in the right,having the support of reason or law.

    Category: Idiom

  4. right away or off,without hesitation; immediately.

    Category: Idiom

  5. right on,Slang. exactly right; precisely.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Idiom

  6. to rights,into proper condition or order:

    to set a room to rights.

    Category: Idiom

* Usage: right in the sense of “very, extremely” is neither old-fashioned nor dialectal. It is most common in informal speech and writing: You know right well what I mean. Its use in formal contexts can be regarded as inappropriate or erroneous.

Origin of right:

bef. 900; (n. and adj.) ME; OE riht; akin to L rēctus, OIr recht law, Gk orektós upright; (v.) ME; OE rihtan; (adv.) ME; OE rihte


Princeton's WordNet

  1. right(noun)

    an abstract idea of that which is due to a person or governmental body by law or tradition or nature

    "they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights"; "Certain rights can never be granted to the government but must be kept in the hands of the people"- Eleanor Roosevelt; "a right is not something that somebody gives you; it is something that nobody can take away"

  2. right(noun)

    location near or direction toward the right side; i.e. the side to the south when a person or object faces east

    "he stood on the right"

  3. right field, rightfield, right(noun)

    the piece of ground in the outfield on the catcher's right

  4. right, right wing(noun)

    those who support political or social or economic conservatism; those who believe that things are better left unchanged

  5. right, right hand(noun)

    the hand that is on the right side of the body

    "he writes with his right hand but pitches with his left"; "hit him with quick rights to the body"

  6. right(noun)

    a turn toward the side of the body that is on the south when the person is facing east

    "take a right at the corner"

  7. right, rightfulness(noun)

    anything in accord with principles of justice

    "he feels he is in the right"; "the rightfulness of his claim"

  8. right(adj)

    (frequently plural) the interest possessed by law or custom in some intangible thing

    "mineral rights"; "film rights"

  9. right(adj)

    being or located on or directed toward the side of the body to the east when facing north

    "my right hand"; "right center field"; "a right-hand turn"; "the right bank of a river is the bank on your right side when you are facing downstream"

  10. correct, right(adj)

    free from error; especially conforming to fact or truth

    "the correct answer"; "the correct version"; "the right answer"; "took the right road"; "the right decision"

  11. correct, right(adj)

    socially right or correct

    "it isn't right to leave the party without saying goodbye"; "correct behavior"

  12. right(adj)

    in conformance with justice or law or morality

    "do the right thing and confess"

  13. right, correct(adj)

    correct in opinion or judgment

    "time proved him right"

  14. proper, right(adj)

    appropriate for a condition or purpose or occasion or a person's character, needs

    "everything in its proper place"; "the right man for the job"; "she is not suitable for the position"

  15. right(adj)

    of or belonging to the political or intellectual right

  16. right(adj)

    in or into a satisfactory condition

    "things are right again now"; "put things right"

  17. right(a), right-hand(a)(adj)

    intended for the right hand

    "a right-hand glove"

  18. correct, right(adj)

    in accord with accepted standards of usage or procedure

    "what's the right word for this?"; "the right way to open oysters"

  19. right(adj)

    having the axis perpendicular to the base

    "a right angle"

  20. right(a)(adj)

    (of the side of cloth or clothing) facing or intended to face outward

    "the right side of the cloth showed the pattern"; "be sure your shirt is right side out"

  21. good, right, ripe(adj)

    most suitable or right for a particular purpose

    "a good time to plant tomatoes"; "the right time to act"; "the time is ripe for great sociological changes"

  22. veracious, right(verb)

    precisely accurate

    "a veracious account"

  23. right, compensate, redress, correct(verb)

    make reparations or amends for

    "right a wrongs done to the victims of the Holocaust"

  24. right(verb)

    put in or restore to an upright position

    "They righted the sailboat that had capsized"

  25. right(verb)

    regain an upright or proper position

    "The capsized boat righted again"

  26. correct, rectify, right(adverb)

    make right or correct

    "Correct the mistakes"; "rectify the calculation"

  27. right(adverb)

    precisely, exactly

    "stand right here!"

  28. right(adverb)


    "she called right after dinner"

  29. right, flop(adverb)


    "he fell flop on his face"

  30. right(adverb)

    toward or on the right; also used figuratively

    "he looked right and left"; "the party has moved right"

  31. properly, decently, decent, in good order, right, the right way(adverb)

    in the right manner

    "please do your job properly!"; "can't you carry me decent?"

  32. right, right on(adverb)

    an interjection expressing agreement

  33. right(adverb)


    "she felt right at home"; "he fell right into the trap"

  34. mighty, mightily, powerful, right(adverb)

    (Southern regional intensive) very; to a great degree

    "the baby is mighty cute"; "he's mighty tired"; "it is powerful humid"; "that boy is powerful big now"; "they have a right nice place"; "they rejoiced mightily"

  35. justly, right(adverb)

    in accordance with moral or social standards

    "that serves him right"; "do right by him"

  36. correctly, right, aright(adverb)

    in an accurate manner

    "the flower had been correctly depicted by his son"; "he guessed right"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. right(adjective)ɪt

    ≠ wrong

    I don't think we're going in the right direction.; You were right - her name is Diana, not Deb.; "The answer is 5." "That's right!"

  2. rightɪt

    ≠ wrong

    You're right, it looks better hanging on that wall.; My mother was right about him - he's crazy!

  3. rightɪt

    ≠ wrong

    Telling the truth is always the right thing to do.

  4. rightɪt

    ≠ wrong

    Is she the right person for him to marry?; I'll tell her when the time is right.

  5. rightɪt

    ≠ left

    the right rear fender of the car; my right leg

  6. rightɪt

    normal or usual

    This fish doesn't look right.

  7. rightɪt

    emphasizes sth bad

    They made me look a right idiot.

  8. rightɪt

    ≠ upside down

    The cat turned itself right side up as it fell.

  9. right(adverb)ɪt

    exactly or directly

    It hit me right on my forehead.; She stood right in the middle of the road.; right on time

  10. rightɪt


    I'll be right there.; the people who got here right before you

  11. rightɪt


    We have to leave right away.

  12. rightɪt

    ≠ wrong

    Did I do it right?

  13. rightɪt

    ≠ left

    Turn right here.

  14. rightɪt

    emphasizes that sth happens completely or fully

    The bullet went right through his arm.; He kept right on talking.

  15. rightɪt

    ≠ go wrong

    I hope everything goes right this time.

  16. rightɪt


    We have to go right now.

  17. rightɪt

    at this time

    We don't have enough help right now.

  18. rightɪt


    We started with two wins right off the bat.

  19. right(noun)ɪt

    sth you are allowed by laws or moral rules

    Freedom of speech is one of the rights of every citizen.; We have the right to choose our leaders.; She has no right to take things without asking.

  20. rightɪt

    ≠ wrong

    the difference between right and wrong

  21. rightɪt

    a turn toward or a street on the right

    Take the next right.; Walk up the street and make a right.

  22. rightɪt

    people who have conservative political views

    his opponents on the right

  23. right(interjection)ɪt

    used to check sb understands

    We all know what to do, right?

  24. rightɪt

    used ironically to show you do not believe sb

    I don't think he would lie to us." "Yeah, right."

  25. rightɪt

    used to get the attention of a group

    Right. Let's start.

  26. rightɪt

    used to mean "OK" or "I understand"

    "He doesn't hear very well." "Right. I'll speak louder."

Webster Dictionary

  1. Right(adj)

    straight; direct; not crooked; as, a right line

  2. Right(adj)

    upright; erect from a base; having an upright axis; not oblique; as, right ascension; a right pyramid or cone

  3. Right(adj)

    conformed to the constitution of man and the will of God, or to justice and equity; not deviating from the true and just; according with truth and duty; just; true

  4. Right(adj)

    fit; suitable; proper; correct; becoming; as, the right man in the right place; the right way from London to Oxford

  5. Right(adj)

    characterized by reality or genuineness; real; actual; not spurious

  6. Right(adj)

    according with truth; passing a true judgment; conforming to fact or intent; not mistaken or wrong; not erroneous; correct; as, this is the right faith

  7. Right(adj)

    most favorable or convenient; fortunate

  8. Right(adj)

    of or pertaining to that side of the body in man on which the muscular action is usually stronger than on the other side; -- opposed to left when used in reference to a part of the body; as, the right side, hand, arm. Also applied to the corresponding side of the lower animals

  9. Right(adj)

    well placed, disposed, or adjusted; orderly; well regulated; correctly done

  10. Right(adj)

    designed to be placed or worn outward; as, the right side of a piece of cloth

  11. Right(adverb)

    in a right manner

  12. Right(adverb)

    in a right or straight line; directly; hence; straightway; immediately; next; as, he stood right before me; it went right to the mark; he came right out; he followed right after the guide

  13. Right(adverb)

    exactly; just

  14. Right(adverb)

    according to the law or will of God; conforming to the standard of truth and justice; righteously; as, to live right; to judge right

  15. Right(adverb)

    according to any rule of art; correctly

  16. Right(adverb)

    according to fact or truth; actually; truly; really; correctly; exactly; as, to tell a story right

  17. Right(adverb)

    in a great degree; very; wholly; unqualifiedly; extremely; highly; as, right humble; right noble; right valiant

  18. Right(adj)

    that which is right or correct

  19. Right(adj)

    the straight course; adherence to duty; obedience to lawful authority, divine or human; freedom from guilt, -- the opposite of moral wrong

  20. Right(adj)

    a true statement; freedom from error of falsehood; adherence to truth or fact

  21. Right(adj)

    a just judgment or action; that which is true or proper; justice; uprightness; integrity

  22. Right(adj)

    that to which one has a just claim

  23. Right(adj)

    that which one has a natural claim to exact

  24. Right(adj)

    that which one has a legal or social claim to do or to exact; legal power; authority; as, a sheriff has a right to arrest a criminal

  25. Right(adj)

    that which justly belongs to one; that which one has a claim to possess or own; the interest or share which anyone has in a piece of property; title; claim; interest; ownership

  26. Right(adj)

    privilege or immunity granted by authority

  27. Right(adj)

    the right side; the side opposite to the left

  28. Right(adj)

    in some legislative bodies of Europe (as in France), those members collectively who are conservatives or monarchists. See Center, 5

  29. Right(adj)

    the outward or most finished surface, as of a piece of cloth, a carpet, etc

  30. Right(adj)

    to bring or restore to the proper or natural position; to set upright; to make right or straight (that which has been wrong or crooked); to correct

  31. Right(adj)

    to do justice to; to relieve from wrong; to restore rights to; to assert or regain the rights of; as, to right the oppressed; to right one's self; also, to vindicate

  32. Right(verb)

    to recover the proper or natural condition or position; to become upright

  33. Right(verb)

    hence, to regain an upright position, as a ship or boat, after careening


  1. Rights

    Rights are legal, social, or ethical principles of freedom or entitlement; that is, rights are the fundamental normative rules about what is allowed of people or owed to people, according to some legal system, social convention, or ethical theory. Rights are of essential importance in such disciplines as law and ethics, especially theories of justice and deontology. Rights are often considered fundamental to civilization, being regarded as established pillars of society and culture, and the history of social conflicts can be found in the history of each right and its development. According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, "rights structure the form of governments, the content of laws, and the shape of morality as it is currently perceived."

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'right' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #316

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'right' in Written Corpus Frequency: #79

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'right' in Nouns Frequency: #84

  4. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'right' in Adverbs Frequency: #41

  5. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'right' in Adjectives Frequency: #17

Anagrams of right

  1. Grith

Translations for right

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


on or related to the side of the body which in most people has the more skilful hand, or to the side of a person or thing which is toward the east when that person or thing is facing north (opposite to left )

When I'm writing, I hold my pen in my right hand.

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