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Meaning & Definition of Right in English

English

Right

/raɪt/

noun

1. An abstract idea of that which is due to a person or governmental body by law or tradition or nature

  • "They are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights"
  • "Certain rights can never be granted to the government but must be kept in the hands of the people"- eleanor roosevelt
  • "A right is not something that somebody gives you
  • It is something that nobody can take away"
    synonym:
  • right

2. Location near or direction toward the right side

  • I.e. the side to the south when a person or object faces east
  • "He stood on the right"
    synonym:
  • right

3. The piece of ground in the outfield on the catcher's right

    synonym:
  • right field
  • ,
  • rightfield
  • ,
  • right

4. Those who support political or social or economic conservatism

  • Those who believe that things are better left unchanged
    synonym:
  • right
  • ,
  • right wing

5. The hand that is on the right side of the body

  • "He writes with his right hand but pitches with his left"
  • "Hit him with quick rights to the body"
    synonym:
  • right
  • ,
  • right hand

6. A turn toward the side of the body that is on the south when the person is facing east

  • "Take a right at the corner"
    synonym:
  • right

7. Anything in accord with principles of justice

  • "He feels he is in the right"
  • "The rightfulness of his claim"
    synonym:
  • right
  • ,
  • rightfulness

8. (frequently plural) the interest possessed by law or custom in some intangible thing

  • "Mineral rights"
  • "Film rights"
    synonym:
  • right

verb

1. Make reparations or amends for

  • "Right a wrongs done to the victims of the holocaust"
    synonym:
  • right
  • ,
  • compensate
  • ,
  • redress
  • ,
  • correct

2. Put in or restore to an upright position

  • "They righted the sailboat that had capsized"
    synonym:
  • right

3. Regain an upright or proper position

  • "The capsized boat righted again"
    synonym:
  • right

4. Make right or correct

  • "Correct the mistakes"
  • "Rectify the calculation"
    synonym:
  • correct
  • ,
  • rectify
  • ,
  • right

adjective

1. Being or located on or directed toward the side of the body to the east when facing north

  • "My right hand"
  • "Right center field"
  • "A right-hand turn"
  • "The right bank of a river is the bank on your right side when you are facing downstream"
    synonym:
  • right

2. Free from error

  • Especially conforming to fact or truth
  • "The correct answer"
  • "The correct version"
  • "The right answer"
  • "Took the right road"
  • "The right decision"
    synonym:
  • correct
  • ,
  • right

3. Socially right or correct

  • "It isn't right to leave the party without saying goodbye"
  • "Correct behavior"
    synonym:
  • correct
  • ,
  • right

4. In conformance with justice or law or morality

  • "Do the right thing and confess"
    synonym:
  • right

5. Correct in opinion or judgment

  • "Time proved him right"
    synonym:
  • right
  • ,
  • correct

6. Appropriate for a condition or purpose or occasion or a person's character, needs

  • "Everything in its proper place"
  • "The right man for the job"
  • "She is not suitable for the position"
    synonym:
  • proper
  • ,
  • right

7. Of or belonging to the political or intellectual right

    synonym:
  • right

8. In or into a satisfactory condition

  • "Things are right again now"
  • "Put things right"
    synonym:
  • right

9. Intended for the right hand

  • "A right-hand glove"
    synonym:
  • right(a)
  • ,
  • right-hand(a)

10. In accord with accepted standards of usage or procedure

  • "What's the right word for this?"
  • "The right way to open oysters"
    synonym:
  • correct
  • ,
  • right

11. Having the axis perpendicular to the base

  • "A right angle"
    synonym:
  • right

12. (of the side of cloth or clothing) facing or intended to face outward

  • "The right side of the cloth showed the pattern"
  • "Be sure your shirt is right side out"
    synonym:
  • right(a)

13. Most suitable or right for a particular purpose

  • "A good time to plant tomatoes"
  • "The right time to act"
  • "The time is ripe for great sociological changes"
    synonym:
  • good
  • ,
  • right
  • ,
  • ripe

14. Precisely accurate

  • "A veracious account"
    synonym:
  • veracious
  • ,
  • right

adverb

1. Precisely, exactly

  • "Stand right here!"
    synonym:
  • right

2. Immediately

  • "She called right after dinner"
    synonym:
  • right

3. Exactly

  • "He fell flop on his face"
    synonym:
  • right
  • ,
  • flop

4. Toward or on the right

  • Also used figuratively
  • "He looked right and left"
  • "The party has moved right"
    synonym:
  • right

5. In the right manner

  • "Please do your job properly!"
  • "Can't you carry me decent?"
    synonym:
  • properly
  • ,
  • decently
  • ,
  • decent
  • ,
  • in good order
  • ,
  • right
  • ,
  • the right way

6. An interjection expressing agreement

    synonym:
  • right
  • ,
  • right on

7. Completely

  • "She felt right at home"
  • "He fell right into the trap"
    synonym:
  • right

8. (southern regional intensive) very

  • To a great degree
  • "The baby is mighty cute"
  • "He's mighty tired"
  • "It is powerful humid"
  • "That boy is powerful big now"
  • "They have a right nice place"
  • "They rejoiced mightily"
    synonym:
  • mighty
  • ,
  • mightily
  • ,
  • powerful
  • ,
  • right

9. In accordance with moral or social standards

  • "That serves him right"
  • "Do right by him"
    synonym:
  • justly
  • ,
  • right

10. In an accurate manner

  • "The flower had been correctly depicted by his son"
  • "He guessed right"
    synonym:
  • correctly
  • ,
  • right
  • ,
  • aright

Examples of using

And you're a teacher, right?
The boy crushed the spider with his sandaled right foot.
We are going to the cemetery right now.