- the part of a legislative assembly, especially in continental Europe, that is situated on the left side of the presiding officer and that is customarily assigned to members of the legislature who hold more radical and socialistic views than the rest of the members.
- the members of such an assembly who sit on the left.
Origin of left1
Words nearby left
Definition for left (2 of 4)
Definition for left (3 of 4)
verb (used with object), left, leav·ing.
verb (used without object), left, leav·ing.
- to desist from; cease; stop; abandon.
- to stop using or wearing: It had stopped raining, so we left off our coats.
- to omit: to leave a name off a list.
Origin of leave1
SYNONYMS FOR leave
usage note for leave
Other substitutions of leave for let are generally regarded as nonstandard: Let (not Leave ) us sit down and talk this over. Let (not Leave ) her do it her own way. The police wouldn't let (not leave ) us cross the barriers. See also let1.
OTHER WORDS FROM leaveleav·er, noun
Definition for left (4 of 4)
verb (used without object), leaved, leav·ing.
Origin of leave3
Example sentences from the Web for left
Not to be left behind, progressives in neighboring Wisconsin clamored to join the cutting edge of public health.
Clad in a blue, striped button-down, a silver watch adorning his left wrist, Huckabee beams on the cover.Huckabee 2016: Bend Over and Take It Like a Prisoner! |Olivia Nuzzi |January 8, 2015 |DAILY BEAST
Morris searched for whatever strength was left in his malnourished body.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’ |Asawin Suebsaeng |January 7, 2015 |DAILY BEAST
But there is a big twist in this story that has left both Grace Castro and Lozoya frustrated and grasping for more answers.An Informant, a Missing American, and Juarez’s House of Death: Inside the 12-Year Cold Case of David Castro |Bill Conroy |January 6, 2015 |DAILY BEAST
Human evolution has left men as deeply wired for emotional connections to children as women are.
The poet Byron's bedroom remains almost as he left it, and on the lawn is the monument to his favorite dog, "Boatswain."England, Picturesque and Descriptive |Joel Cook
Such rapidity yet precision of thought, such volubility yet clearness of utterance, left all competitors behind.
James asked, when he and his brother were left alone with the wine.Poor Relations |Compton Mackenzie
That house was, at length, the only one left standing; and when we returned Mrs. W. pointed it out to me.Retrospect of Western Travel, Volume I (of 2) |Harriet Martineau
If I was to write to my mother,' says he, 'that my wife had left me, I believe it would be the death of her.The Land of Long Ago |Eliza Calvert Hall
British Dictionary definitions for left (1 of 5)
- a blow with the left hand
- the left hand
Word Origin for left
British Dictionary definitions for left (2 of 5)
British Dictionary definitions for left (3 of 5)
verb leaves, leaving or left (mainly tr)
- Also: let alone See let 1 (def. 7)
- to permit to stay or be alone
Derived forms of leaveleaver, noun
Word Origin for leave
British Dictionary definitions for left (4 of 5)
Word Origin for leave
British Dictionary definitions for left (5 of 5)
verb leaves, leaving or leaved
Idioms and Phrases with left (1 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with left
- left field
- left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing, the
- left wing
- hang a left
- out in left field
- right and left
- take up where one left off
- two left feet
Idioms and Phrases with left (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with leave
- leave a bad taste in one's mouth
- leave alone
- leave a lot to be desired
- leave flat
- leave hanging
- leave holding the bag
- leave in the lurch
- leave no stone unturned
- leave off
- leave one cold
- leave open
- leave out
- leave out in the cold
- leave out of account
- leave someone alone
- leave someone in peace
- leave someone in the lurch
- leave someone to his or her resources
- leave the door open
- leave to someone's own devices
- leave to someone's tender mercies
- leave well enough alone
- leave without a leg to stand on
- leave word
- absent without leave
- (leave) high and dry
- (leave) out in the cold
- take it or leave it
- take leave of
- take one's leave
Also see underlet.