left

If you are holding a compass and facing north, the direction to the west of you is also to your left. Left is the opposite of "right."

People who are left-handed write with their left hands. and when you take a left turn on your bike, you should signal by holding your left arm straight out to the left. When left is an adjective, it has a completely different meaning: something that's left on the table, or remaining there, will probably be thrown away by your waiter. The Old English root is luft-, "weak," as most right-handed folks are weaker on their left sides.

Definitions of left
  1. adjective
    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”
    Synonyms:
    left-handed
    using or intended for the left hand
    left-hand
    located on or directed toward the left
    leftmost
    farthest to the left
    near, nigh
    being on the left side
    larboard, port
    located on the left side of a ship or aircraft
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    Antonyms:
    right
    being or located on or directed toward the side of the body to the east when facing north
    right-handed
    using or intended for the right hand
    far
    being the animal or vehicle on the right or being on the right side of an animal or vehicle
    rightmost
    farthest to the right
    right-hand
    located on or directed toward the right
    starboard
    located on the right side of a ship or aircraft
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  2. adjective
    intended for the left hand
    “I rarely lose a left-hand glove”
    synonyms: left-hand
    left-handed
    using or intended for the left hand
  3. adverb
    toward or on the left; also used figuratively
    “he looked right and left
    “the political party has moved left
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    Antonyms:
    right
    toward or on the right; also used figuratively
  4. noun
    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
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    Antonyms:
    right
    location near or direction toward the right side; i.e. the side to the south when a person or object faces east
    types:
    left stage, stage left
    the part of the stage on the actor's left as the actor faces the audience
    type of:
    place, position
    the particular portion of space occupied by something
  5. noun
    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”
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    type of:
    turn, turning
    the act of changing or reversing the direction of the course
  6. noun
    the hand that is on the left side of the body
    “jab with your left
    synonyms: left hand
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    type of:
    hand, manus, mitt, paw
    the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb
  7. noun
    the piece of ground in the outfield on the catcher's left
    “the batter flied out to left
    synonyms: left field, leftfield
  8. adjective
    not used up
    “she had a little money left over so she went to a movie”
    “some odd dollars left
    synonyms: left over, leftover, odd, remaining, unexpended
    unexhausted
    not used up completely
  9. noun
    those who support varying degrees of social or political or economic change designed to promote the public welfare
    synonyms: left wing
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    type of:
    faction, sect
    a dissenting clique
  10. adjective
    of or belonging to the political or intellectual left
    Synonyms:
    socialist, socialistic
    advocating or following the socialist principles
    liberal
    tolerant of change; not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or tradition
    far left
    radical or extremely liberal
    leftish
    tending toward the political left
    left-of-center, left-wing, leftist
    believing in or supporting tenets of the political left
    liberal
    having political or social views favoring reform and progress
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    right
    of or belonging to the political or intellectual right
    center
    of or belonging to neither the right nor the left politically or intellectually
    conservative
    resistant to change
    conservative
    having social or political views favoring conservatism
    old-line, oldline
    adhering to conservative or reactionary principles
    far-right, reactionary, reactionist
    extremely conservative
    rightish
    tending toward the political right
    right-wing, rightist
    believing in or supporting tenets of the political right
    centrist, middle-of-the-road
    supporting or pursuing a course of action that is neither liberal nor conservative
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