American English

Definition of right adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1exactly; directly Lee was standing right behind her. The wind was right in our faces. The bus came right on time.
  2. completely
  3. 2all the way; completely The car spun right off the track. She kept right on swimming until she reached the other side.
  4. immediately
  5. 3(informal) immediately; without delay I'll be right back. I'll be right with you (= I am coming very soon).
  6. correctly
  7. 4correctly You guessed right. opposite wrong
  8. satisfactorily
  9. 5in the way that things should happen or are supposed to happen Nothing's going right for me today. opposite wrong
  10. not left
  11. 6on or to the right side Turn right at the end of the street. opposite left
  12. Which Word?right / rightly Right and rightly can both be used as adverbs. In the sense “correctly” or “in the right way,”right is the usual adverb. It is only used after verbs:He did it right. Did I spell your name right?Rightly cannot be used like this. In formal language correctly is used:Is your name spelled correctly? The usual meaning of rightly is “for a good reason” and it is used most often in the phrase “and rightly so”:She disagrees with the policy, and rightly so.It can be used to mean “correctly” before a verb or in particular phrases:As you rightly say, we have a serious problem.Idioms
    fly/go (right) out the window (informal)
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    to stop existing; to disappear completely As soon as the kids arrived, peace went out the window.
    it serves somebody right (for doing something)
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    used to say that something that has happened to someone is their own fault and they deserve it She left you? It serves you right for being so selfish.
    right and left (informal)
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    everywhere or in large amounts They were handing out samples right and left.
    right away/off
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    immediately; without delay I want it sent right away. I told him right off what I thought of him.
    1. 1at this moment He's not in the office right now.
    2. 2immediately Do it right now!
    right off the bat (informal)
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     immediately; without delay We liked each other right off the bat. The threat of a strike is one of the issues we have to deal with right off the bat.
    (right) up your alley
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    very suitable for you because it is something that you know a lot about or are very interested in A teaching job would be right up her alley.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: right