What does Left mean?

Definitions for Left

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. leftnoun

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

    "she stood on the left"

  2. left, left wingnoun

    those who support varying degrees of social or political or economic change designed to promote the public welfare

  3. left, left handnoun

    the hand that is on the left side of the body

    "jab with your left"

  4. left field, leftfield, leftnoun

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

    "the batter flied out to left"

  5. leftadjective

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

    "take a left at the corner"

  6. leftadjective

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

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

  7. leftover, left over(p), left(p), odd, remaining, unexpendedadjective

    not used up

    "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"

  8. left(a), left-hand(a)adjective

    intended for the left hand

    "I rarely lose a left-hand glove"

  9. leftadverb

    of or belonging to the political or intellectual left

  10. leftadverb

    toward or on the left; also used figuratively

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Leftadjective

    Sinistrous; not right.

    Etymology: lufte, Dutch; lævus, Latin.

    That there is also in men a natural prepotency in the right, we cannot with constancy affirm, if we make observation in children, who permitted the freedom of both hands, do oft times confine it unto the left, and are not without great difficulty restrained from it. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. iv.

    The right to Pluto’s golden palace guides,
    The left to that unhappy region tends,
    Which to the depth of Tartarus descends. John Dryden, Æn.

    The gods of greater nations dwell around,
    And, on the right and left, the palace bound;
    The commons where they can. Dryden.

    A raven from a wither’d oak,
    Left of their lodging was oblig’d to croak:
    That omen lik’d him not. Dryden.

    The left foot naked when they march to fight,
    But in a bull’s raw hide they sheathe the right. Dryden.

    The man who struggles in the fight,
    Fatigues left arm as well as right. Matthew Prior.

  2. Leftparticiple preter. of leave.

    Alas, poor lady! desolate and left;
    I weep myself to think upon thy words. William Shakespeare.

    Had such a river as this been left to itself, to have found its way out from among the Alps, whatever windings it had made, it must have formed several little seas. Addison.

    Were I left to myself, I would rather aim at instructing than diverting; but if we will be useful to the world, we must take it as we find it. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 179.


  1. left

    Left typically refers to the direction opposite to that of right when facing forward. It is commonly used to indicate the side or position that is to the west when facing north. Left can also be used to describe something that is situated on or directed towards the side of the body that is to the west when facing forward. In political contexts, "left" can refer to a spectrum of ideologies that advocate for social equality, progressive policies, and government intervention.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Left

    of Leave

  2. Left

    of Leave

  3. Leftadjective

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

  4. Leftnoun

    that part of surrounding space toward which the left side of one's body is turned; as, the house is on the left when you face North

  5. Leftnoun

    those members of a legislative assembly (as in France) who are in the opposition; the advanced republicans and extreme radicals. They have their seats at the left-hand side of the presiding officer. See Center, and Right

  6. Etymology: [OE. left, lift, luft; akin to Fries. leeft, OD. lucht, luft; cf. AS. left (equiv. to L. inanis), lyftdl palsy; or cf. AS. lf weak.]


  1. Left

    Left is the second and final album by the band Hope of the States, released on June 19, 2006. It was released on CD, DualDisc CD/DVD, and as a limited edition double 10" vinyl. The album was preceded by two singles, the limited edition "Blood Meridian EP" and "Sing It Out", which reached #39 in the singles charts. The album itself reached #50 on the UK album charts on its initial release. The album was described as slightly more accessible and guitar-oriented than were the tracks on Hope of the States's debut, The Lost Riots. There followed a further single, the title track Left, which charted at #63 in August 2006, shortly before the band announced their split.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Left

    left, pa.p. (Spens.) lifted.

  2. Left

    left, pa.t. and pa.p. of leave.—adj. Left′-off, laid aside.

  3. Left

    left, adj. being on the left side—also Left′-hand.—n. the side opposite to the right: the part of an assembly sitting on the president's left hand, generally the more liberal or democratic section.—adv. toward the left.—adj. Left′-hand′ed, having the left hand stronger and readier than the right: awkward: unlucky.—ns. Left′-hand′edness; Left′-hand′er, a blow with the left hand, a sudden and unexpected attack; Left′-hand′iness, awkwardness.—adv. Left′ward, towards the left: on the left side. [M. E. lift, left—A.S. left for lyft, weak; prob. allied to lop.]

Editors Contribution

  1. left

    When an animal, human or thing is naturally facing north, it is located to the direction west.

    When the GPS system said turn left, I knew intuitively it was to the direction west as my left hand is on the west side of my body.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 4, 2015  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. LEFT

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Left is ranked #136449 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Left surname appeared 123 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Left.

    74.8% or 92 total occurrences were White.
    16.2% or 20 total occurrences were Black.
    4% or 5 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    4% or 5 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Left' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #251

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Left' in Written Corpus Frequency: #341

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Left' in Nouns Frequency: #1258

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Left' in Adjectives Frequency: #130

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Left in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Left in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Left in a Sentence

  1. Spiro Agnew:

    This is the criminal left that belongs not in a dormitory, but in a penitentiary. The criminal left is not a problem to be solved by the Department of Philosophy or the Department of Englishit is a problem for the Department of Justice. Black or white, the criminal left is interested in power. It is not interested in promoting the renewal and reforms that make democracy work; it is interested in promoting those collisions and conflict that tear democracy apart.

  2. Zulfiqar Ahmad:

    I was hit in the left arm, in the left side of my chest, and twice on my left thigh, i fell to the ground. I must have been lying there for an hour before the army soldiers came in and moved me to the hospital. I tried to turn on my right side to prevent bleeding from my arm, but I couldn't move.

  3. Hunter Biden:

    What credentials does he bring to that ? I mean, look, think of all the really solid people that were left -- that were -- started off in that administration. They've all left. They've all left. All the talent is gone. They've left. ... Or, like, great -- great Americans like Rudy Giuliani is still engaged, i mean -- I mean, what - - what's going on ? People see this. They're thugs. You know, Rudy Giuliani and the two guys who were helping Rudy Giuliani, they get arrested at the airport, trying to leave the count -- I mean, what -- what -- where has that happened in any other president's watch ?

  4. Chief Executive Mike Pearson:

    Andrew Left motivation is the same as one who runs into a crowded theater and falsely yells fire. Andrew Left wanted people to run, andrew Left intentionally designed the report to frighten our shareholders to drive down the price of our stock so Andrew Left could make money for Andrew Left short-selling.

  5. Jim Lehrer:

    I now know how Abbot felt when Costello left, how Brinkley felt when Huntley left, how Sears felt when Roebuck left, and, of course, how Dan Rather felt when Connie left. (at Robert MacNeil's retirement dinner)

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