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Etymology 1

Old English riht, from Germanic *rekhtaz, from Indo-European *reg-to- ‘having moved in a straight line’. An Indo-European past participle, it became a Germanic adjective which has been used also as a noun since the common Germanic period. Cognate with Dutch recht, German recht/Recht, Swedish rätt, and Norwegian rett. The Indo-European root is also the source of Greek ὀρεκτός, Latin rectus.

Adjective

right (comparative er, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
right

Comparative
er

Superlative
{{{2}}}

  1. (archaic) Straight, not bent.
  2. Of an angle, having a size of 90 degrees, or one quarter of a complete rotation; the angle between two perpendicular lines.
    The kitchen counter formed a right angle with the back wall.
  3. Complying with justice, correctness or reason; correct, just, true.
    I thought you'd made a mistake, but it seems you were right all along.
  4. Appropriate, perfectly suitable; fit for purpose.
    Is this the right software for my computer?
  5. Healthy, sane, competent.
    I'm afraid my father is no longer in his right mind.
  6. Designating the side of the body which is positioned to the east if one is facing north. This arrow points to the right: →
    After the accident, her right leg was slighly shorter than her left.
  7. (archaic, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To a great extent or degree.
    Sir, I am right glad to meet you...
    Members of the Queen's Privy Council are styled The Right Honourable for life.
    The Right Reverend Monsignor Guido Sarducci
  8. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Pertaining to the political right; conservative.
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Interjection

right

  1. Yes. Correct. I agree.
  2. Yes. I agree with whatever you say. I have no opinion.
  3. Signpost word used to change the subject in a discussion or discourse.
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Noun

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Singular
right

Plural
{{{1}}}

right ({{{1}}})
  1. That which complies with justice, law or reason.
    We're on the side of right in this contest.
  2. A legal or moral entitlement.
    You have no right to talk to me like that!
  3. The right side or direction.
    The pharamcy is just on the right past the bookshop.
  4. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The ensemble of right-wing political parties; political conservatives as a group.
    The political right holds too much power.
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Etymology 2

Old English rihtan (to straighten, judge, set upright, set right), from riht, from the same ultimate source as Etymology 1, above.

Verb

Infinitive
to right

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to right (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To correct
    Righting all the wrongs of the war will be impossible.
  2. To set upright
    The tow-truck righted what was left of the automobile.
  3. (intransitive) To return to normal upright position.
    When the wind died down, the ship righted.
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Adverb

right (not comparable)

Positive
right

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Exactly, precisely.
    The arrow landed right in the middle of the target.
    Luckily we arrived right at the start of the film.
  2. (UK) Very, extremely, quite.
    I made a right stupid mistake there, didn't I?
    • Ann Hite, Ghost on Black Mountain,
      The fog was right hard to see through so I was on Tom Pritchard before I saw him.
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