left Definition

  • 1on or towards the side of your body that is to the west when you are facing north
  • 2the opposite of right

Using left: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "left" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    Turn left at the traffic light.

  • Example

    He writes with his left hand.

  • Example

    The left side of the building was damaged in the storm.

  • Example

    She took a left turn and got lost.

left Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for left

Antonyms for left

Phrases with left

  • left and right

    everywhere; in all directions


    People were falling down left and right on the icy sidewalk.

  • left-handed compliment

    a remark that seems to be an insult but could also be understood as a compliment


    When she said my hair looked better today, was that a left-handed compliment?

  • to be excluded from something, especially something that others are involved in


    I feel like I've been left out in the cold since I wasn't invited to the party.


Summary: left in Brief

The word 'left' [left] refers to the direction opposite to right, or the side of the body that is to the west when facing north. It can be used as an adjective, noun, or adverb. Examples include 'Turn left at the traffic light' and 'He writes with his left hand.' Phrases include 'left and right,' meaning everywhere, 'left-handed compliment,' a remark that seems to be an insult but could also be understood as a compliment, and 'left out in the cold,' meaning to be excluded from something.

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