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Left appears in the following tongue twister:

  • Little Mike left his bike like Tike at Spike's.

Left appears in the following pangram (a sentence using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • Six big juicy steaks sizzled in a pan as five workmen left the quarry. (56 letters)
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Left appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Sat in a taxi, left Felix at Anita's.
  • Was it felt? I had a hit left, I saw.
  • A petal left now is a dud, as I won’t fellate Pa.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

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Comparison of usage frequency between the adjective left and its most common antonym:


Left is sometimes a misspelling of belt or lift.

The word left is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun left

What does left mean as a name of something?

noun - plural:

  • left: lefts
  • Left: Lefts

  1. location near or direction toward the left side; i.e. the side to the north when a person or object faces east
    • example: she stood on the left
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • antonym: right
    • more generic words: place / position = the particular portion of space occupied by something
    • more specific terms: left stage / stage left = the part of the stage on the actor's left as the actor faces the audience
  2. those who support varying degrees of social or political or economic change designed to promote the public welfare
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonym of left: left wing
    • more generic words: faction / sect = a dissenting clique
  3. the hand that is on the left side of the body
    • example: jab with your left
    • lexical domain: Body Parts - nouns denoting body parts
    • synonym of left: left hand
    • more generic words: hand / manus / mitt / paw = the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb
  4. the piece of ground in the outfield on the catcher's left
  5. a turn toward the side of the body that is on the north when the person is facing east
    • example: take a left at the corner
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: turn / turning = the act of changing or reversing the direction of the course

Alternative definition of the noun left


  1. The left side.
  2. [politics] The ensemble of left-wing political parties. Those holding left-wing views as a group.
  3. [boxing] A punch delivered with the left fist.

Definition of the adjective left

What does left mean as an attribute of a noun?

Left is one of the top 50 most common adjectives in the English language.

adjective - degrees: lefter | leftest

  1. being or located on or directed toward the side of the body to the west when facing north
  2. not used up
    • examples: she had a little money left over so she went to a movie | some odd dollars left
    • adjective position: predicative adjective (it occurs after a verb that follows the noun)
    • synonyms of left: left over / leftover / odd / remaining / unexpended
    • similar: unexhausted
  3. intended for the left hand
    • example: I rarely lose a left-hand glove
    • adjective position: attributive adjective (it occurs before the noun)
    • synonym of left: left-hand
    • similar: left-handed
  4. of or belonging to the political or intellectual left

Definition of the adverb left

What does left mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


  1. toward or on the left; also used figuratively
    • examples: he looked right and left | the political party has moved left
    • antonym: right

Alternative definition of the adverb left


  1. On the left side.
  2. Towards the left side.

Definition of the verb left

What does left mean as a doing word?


  1. past of leave
  2. See remaining.
  3. [Ireland] [colloquial] permitted, allowed to proceed.


  1. "Left" a.k.a. "Links" is a 2008 drama film written and directed by Froukje Tan.
  2. "Left" is a short film, written and directed by Eamonn O'Neill, based on a story by Eamonn O'Neill.


  1. "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.
  2. "Left" is LA Symphony member Sharlok Poems' first album, released under Robot Records. Production by LA Symphony.
  3. "Left" a.k.a. "...Left" is the fifth LP from the neo-soul artist Eric Roberson, released in 2007 on Dome Records/Blue erro soul includes the song "I Been in Love". The track "Couldn't Hear Her" features a sample from the Pat Metheny Group's song "San Lorenzo.
    • released on (8 years ago)
  4. "Left" is a musical single of Hope of the States.
  5. "Left" is a musical album of Enduser.
    • released on (7 years ago)
  6. "Left" is a musical album of 18th Dye.
    • released in (18 years ago)
  7. "Left" is a musical EP of Minusbaby.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  8. "Left" is a musical album of Mlle Caro & Frank García.
    • released in (6 years ago)


  1. Left is a musical group.
  2. LeFT is a musical group.
    • album: "My Disease"

There are other groups with in their name, like Left Out, Lean Left, Left Side, Look Left, A Day Left, Left Alone, Left Behind, Left Outlet, All Left Out, No Left Turn, The New Left, Left for Dead, Left in Ruins, Left or Right, One Shot Left, The Left Outs, Two Days Left, Blind Ear Left, Left of Manila.


Left: The Electoral Leftist Alliance or Left is a movement of Marxist-Leninist, Maoist and Trotskyist organisations in Austria which was founded by the Communist Initiative, the Socialist Left Party, the League of the Socialist Revolution and other left-wing movements and activists in the run-up to the 2008 election. The Communist Party of Austria was also invited to participate, but it stated that the timeframe was too short and that it would stand on its own instead, while supporting the unification of the left in principle.

Phrases with Left

Phrases starting with the word Left:

  1. Left Out
  2. Left Back
  3. left bank
  4. left hand
  5. left over
  6. left wing
  7. Left-Drag
  8. left-eyed
  9. left-hand
  10. Left-Over
  11. left-wing
  12. Left Alone
  13. Left Brace
  14. left brain
  15. Left Coset
  16. left field
  17. Left Ideal

Phrases ending with the word Left:

  1. To Left
  2. far left
  3. Draw Left

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Left

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Google previewPicture Chord Encyclopedia for Left-Handed Guitarists (2002)

Photos & Diagrams for Over 2,600 Chords! by Hal Leonard Corp.

By theway, youmay have noticedthat theselasttwo chords, Gmaj9 andGmaj13, contain fiveand sixnotes, respectively; however, weonly have fourfingers in the left hand! Sincethe useofabarre chord or openstring chord is not always possible ...

Google previewThe American Illustrated Medical Dictionary (1906)

r_ left carotid artery; 5;, left Sullclavian artery; ...

Google previewThe London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana [T. Curtis].

by Thomas Curtis (of Grove house sch, Islington)

and one point three-quarters west variation being allowed to the left makes the true course S. J W., and the distance is fifteen miles. The second ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Britannica, Or a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Miscellaneous Literature (1810)

had more room ; the right wing keeping always close “Two- to the mountain, and the left to the sea-shore. On the right there was a battalion of heavy-armed troops, ...

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Quotes about Left

You have two hemispheres in your brain - a left and a right side. The left side controls the right side of your body and right controls the left half. It's a fact. Therefore, left-handers are the only people in their right minds. (Bill Lee)
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Scrabble value of L1E1F4T1

The value of this 4-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of LEFT

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