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Etymology

From Middle English, left, lift, luft; from Anglo-Saxon, left, lyft lit. worthless, weak allied to Anglo-Saxon lyft-ádl, a palsy.

Pronunciation

Adjective

left (comparative more left, superlative leftmost)

Positive
left

Comparative
more left

Superlative
leftmost

  1. The west side of the body when one is facing north.
  2. remaining.
  3. (politics) Pertaining to the political left; liberal.

Translations

Synonyms

Antonyms

Adverb

left (not comparable)

Positive
left

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. On or towards the left side.

Noun

Singular
left

Plural
{{{1}}}

left ({{{1}}})
  1. The left side.
  2. (politics) The ensemble of left-wing political parties. Political liberals as a group.
    The political left is not holding enough power.
  3. (boxing) A punch delivered with the left fist.

Translations

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Derived terms

Verb

left

  1. Simple past tense and past participle of leave.
  2. (Ireland) (colloquial) permitted, allowed to proceed.
    We were not left go to the beach after school except on a weekend.

References

  • The Concise Dictionary of English Etymology, Walter W. Skeat.

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