left

1
[ left ]
/ lɛft /

adjective

noun

adverb

toward the left: She moved left on entering the room.

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Origin of left

1
First recorded in 1125–75; 1935–40 for def. 6; Middle English left, lift, luft, Old English left “idle, weak, useless,” Kentish form of lyft- (in lyftādl “palsy”); cognate with Dutch, Low German lucht; akin to Middle English libbe (modern dialect lib ) “to castrate,” cognate with Dutch, Low German lubben

Definition for left (2 of 2)

left2
[ left ]
/ lɛft /

verb

simple past tense and past participle of leave1.
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British Dictionary definitions for left (1 of 2)

left1
/ (lɛft) /

adjective

adverb

on or in the direction of the left

noun

Word Origin for left

Old English left idle, weak, variant of lyft- (in lyftādl palsy, literally: left-disease); related to Middle Dutch lucht left

British Dictionary definitions for left (2 of 2)

left2
/ (lɛft) /

verb

the past tense and past participle of leave 1
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Idioms and Phrases with left

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