right1 W1S1 [raıt] adj
6 that's right
7 right you are
11 be in the right place at the right time
[: Old English; Origin: riht]
a) a statement or piece of information that is right is correct and based on true facts
= ↑correct
≠ ↑wrong
Yes, that's the right answer .
Is that the right time ?
I got most of the questions right .
His ideas have now been proved right .
b) [not before noun]
if you are right, you have said something that is correct and based on true facts
≠ ↑wrong
I think you're right. We should have set out earlier.
right about
You were right about the hotel being too crowded.
I think the Prime Minister is only half right .
Am I right in thinking that you two have met before?
2.) ¦(SUITABLE)¦
the right thing, person, method etc is the one that is most suitable or effective
≠ ↑wrong
I think you've made the right decision.
I think she's definitely the right person for the job.
right for
A huge development like this isn't right for such a small village.
3.) ¦(SIDE)¦ [only before noun]
a) your right side is the side with the hand that most people write with
≠ ↑left
He had a knife in his right hand.
a scar on the right side of her face
b) on the same side of something as your right side
≠ ↑left
Take the next right turn.
the right bank of the river
4.) ¦(PROBLEMS)¦
something that is not right is not in the state it should be in
The engine's not quite right.
This cheese doesn't smell right.
Things haven't been right between me and James for some time.
put/set sth right
(=correct something)
It didn't take long to find the fault and put it right.
5.) ¦(MORALLY)¦
if someone is right to do something, their action is morally correct or sensible
≠ ↑wrong right to do sth
Do you think I was right to report them to the police?
It can't be right to keep lying to your family.
it is right that
I think it's right that the people who work hardest should earn the most.
It's only right (=completely right) that he should get his share of the money.
The company wants to do the right thing and offer compensation to all the injured workers.
6.) that's right
a) used to agree with what someone says or to answer 'yes' to a question
'I gather you work in the sales department?' 'That's right.'
'Some people find it very difficult to work quickly.' 'That's right, and they often find exams very stressful.'
b) used when you are telling someone that you are angry about what they are doing
That's right! Just blame me for everything, as usual!
7.) right you are
BrE spoken used to say 'yes' to a request, order, or suggestion
8.) ¦(EMPHASIS)¦ [only before noun]
BrE spoken used to emphasize how bad someone or something is
= ↑total, complete ↑complete
He sounds like a right idiot!
The house was in a right mess when we got back.
9.) ¦(HEALTH)¦
spoken if you are not feeling right, you are not feeling completely well
I haven't been feeling right all day.
A few days in bed will soon put you right .
You'll soon be as right as rain (=completely healthy) .
put sb right/straight atput
the right people, places, schools etc are considered to be the best or most important
Sonia's always careful to be seen with the right people.
11.) be in the right place at the right time
to be in the place where something useful becomes available or is being offered
Being a news photographer is all about being in the right place at the right time.
>rightness n [U]
He was convinced of the rightness of his cause.
put sth right atput
right 2
right2 interjection
1.) used to show that you have understood or agree with what someone has just said
'You need to be there by ten o'clock.' 'Right.'
2.) BrE used to get someone's attention before starting to say or do something
Right, open your books on page 16.
Right, is everyone listening?
Right, I think we're ready to go.
3.) used to check if what you have said is correct
So we're meeting in the pub, right?
4.) used to check that the person you are speaking to is listening and understands what you are saying
So I handed him the camera, right, and asked him to take a photograph of us.
right 3
right3 W1S1 adv
6 right now
7 right along/through/around etc
8 be right behind somebody
9 I'll be right with you/right there/right back
10 be right up there (with somebody/something)
11 right, left, and centre
1.) ¦(EXACTLY)¦
exactly in a particular position or place
right in/in front of/by etc sth
She was standing right in the middle of the room.
There's the house, right in front of you.
right here/there
I left my bags right here.
immediately and without any delay
It's on right after the six o'clock news.
I'll phone him right away (=immediately) .
I could tell right off that something was wrong.
right off the bat
AmE (=immediately, without having to think carefully)
Kay answered right off the bat.
We guessed right; they'd gone.
'I thought you'd be cross.' 'You thought right!'
4.) ¦(WELL)¦ informal
in a way that is good or satisfactory
Everything's going right for him at the moment.
It'll work out right in the end.
towards the direction or side that is on the right
≠ ↑left
Turn right at the crossroads.
6.) right now
now, or immediately
Do you need me right now?
We need to deal with this problem right now.
7.) right along/through/around etc
all the way along, through etc
Go right to the end of the road.
We don't have to go right into town.
I slept soundly right through the night.
8.) be right behind sb
spoken to completely support someone in their ideas or in what they are trying to achieve
We're all right behind you.
9.) I'll be right with you/right there/right back
spoken used to ask someone to wait because you are coming or returning very soon
'Lunch is ready!' 'I'll be right there.'
Don't go away; I'll be right back.
10.) be right up there (with sb/sth) informal to be as good or as important as the very best
He's definitely right up there with all the world-class footballers.
11.) right, left, and centre
BrE right and left AmE
everywhere or in every way
The company's losing money right, left and centre.
right 4
right4 W1S2 n
2 have a right to be angry/concerned/suspicious etc
3 have no right to do something
6¦(correct behaviour)¦
7¦(books/tv etc)¦
8 be in the right
9 by rights
10 in your own right
11 put something to rights
12 the rights and wrongs of something
[: Old English; Origin: riht, from riht (adjective); RIGHT1]
1.) ¦(ALLOWED)¦
something that you are morally, legally, or officially allowed to do or have
people who are fighting for basic rights
right of
a new charter which establishes the rights and duties of citizens
the struggle for women's rights
a demonstration of people demanding equal rights for gay men
right to
Everyone should have the right to freedom of expression.
right to do sth
You have the right to consult a lawyer.
right of appeal/access/reply etc
Convicted criminals have no automatic right of appeal.
They claim that the government is denying them their rights .
within your rights
(=legally or morally allowed)
You would be within your rights to sue the company for negligence.
by right
The money is yours by right.
2.) have a right to be angry/concerned/suspicious etc
to have a good reason for being angry, concerned etc
I think you have a right to feel very disappointed.
You had every right to be angry with them.
3.) have no right to do sth
used to say that someone's action is completely unreasonable or unfair
You had no right to take money from my purse!
He has no right to speak to me like that!
4.) ¦(SIDE)¦
the right/sb's right
the side of your body that has the hand that most people write with, or this side of anything else
≠ ↑left on/to the right (of sth)
Our car is just to the right of that white van.
Take the first turning on the right.
on/to sb's right
The school is on your right as you come into the village.
5.) ¦(POLITICS)¦
the right/the Right
political parties or groups that support the ideas and beliefs of ↑capitalism. They usually want low taxes and to encourage private business rather than businesses owned by the state
≠ ↑left
The campaign is being supported by the Right.
The Conservative Party seems to be moving even further to the right.
extreme/far right
politicians on the extreme right
behaviour that is morally good and correct
Some kids don't seem to know the difference between right and wrong .
The protesters believe that they have right on their side.
7.) ¦(BOOKS/TV ETC)¦
rights [plural]
if someone has the rights to a book, film, television programme etc, they are allowed to sell it or show it
→↑copyright rights to
The studio bought the rights to his new book.
The company paid £2 million for film rights to the book.
the television rights to the Olympic Games
8.) be in the right
to have the best reasons, arguments etc in a disagreement with someone else
Both sides are convinced that they are in the right.
9.) by rights
spoken used to describe what should happen if things are done fairly or correctly
By rights, the house should be mine now.
10.) in your own right
used to say that you have something or achieve something on your own, without depending on other people
She's a very wealthy woman in her own right.
11.) put sth to rights
to make a place or situation return to normal again
It took ages to put the room to rights again.
12.) the rights and wrongs of sth
the subject of what or who is right or wrong in a situation
I don't want to spend ages discussing the rights and wrongs of all this.
a hit made with your right hand
≠ ↑left
right 5
right5 v [T]
1.) right a wrong
to do something to prevent a bad situation from continuing
He seems to think he can right all the wrongs of the world.
2.) to put something back into the state or situation that it should be in
We must try to right the balance between taxation and government spending.
3.) to put something, especially a boat, back into its correct upright position
I finally managed to right the canoe.
She righted herself and picked up her bag.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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