Definition of right adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary




morally good

1 [not usually before noun] right (to do something) morally good or acceptable; correct according to law or a person's dutyYou were quite right to criticize him.Is it ever right to kill?It seems only right to warn you of the risk.I hope we're doing the right thing. antonym wrong


2 true or correct as a factDid you get the answer right?“David, isn't it?” “Yes, that's right.”(informal)It was Monday you went to see Angie, right?Let me get this right (= understand correctly) —you want us to do an extra ten hours' work for no extra pay? antonym wrong3 correct for a particular situation or thing, or for a particular personHave you got the right change (= the exact amount) for the bus fare?Is this the right way to the beach?You're not holding it the right way.Next time we'll get it right.He's the right man for the job.I'm glad you split up. She wasn't right for you.I was waiting for the right moment to ask him.She knows all the right people (= important people, for example those who can help her career).His success was due to being in the right place at the right time (= being able to take opportunities when they came). antonym wrong4 [not before noun] correct in your opinion or judgment right (about something)She was right about Tom having no money. right (to do something)You're right to be cautious.“It's not easy.” “Yeah, you're right.” right (in doing something)Am I right in thinking we've met before? antonym wrong


5 [not before noun] in a normal or good enough conditionI just don't feel right today (= I feel sick).That sausage doesn't smell right.Things aren't right between her parents.If only I could have helped put things right.He's not quite right in the head (= not mentally normal). antonym wrong

not left

6 [only before noun] of, on, or toward the side of the body that is toward the east when a person faces northmy right eyeStay on the right side of the road.Take a right turn at the intersection. see also right-wing, antonym left
see also all right rightness
noun [uncountable]the rightness (= justice) of their causethe rightness of his decision

get/start off on the right/wrong foot (with someone)

(informal) to start a relationship well/badlyI seem to have gotten off on the wrong foot with the new boss.get off on the right/wrong footget off on the right/wrong foot withstart off on the right/wrong footstart off on the right/wrong foot with

get on the right/wrong side of someone

to make someone pleased with you/annoyed with you
get on the right side ofget on the wrong side of

give your right arm for something/to do something

(informal) used to say that someone is willing to give up a lot in order to have or do something that they really wantI'd have given my right arm to be there with them.give your right arm for dogive your right arm for to do

have the right idea

to have found a very good or successful way of living, doing something, etc.
He's certainly got the right idea—retiring at 55.have the right idea

someone's heart is in the right place

used to say that someone's intentions are kind and sincere even though they sometimes do the wrong thing
heart is in the right place

hit/strike the right/wrong note

to do, say, or write something that is suitable/not suitable for a particular occasion
It is a bizarre tale and the author hits just the right note of horror and disbelief.hit the right/wrong notestrike the right/wrong note

(not) in your right mind

(not) mentally normal
in your right mindnot in your right mind

might is/makes right

(saying) having the power to do something gives you the right to do itTheir foreign policy is based on the principle that “might is right.”might is rightmight makes right

Mr. Right

(informal) the man who would be the right husband for a particular womanI'm not getting married in a hurry—I'm waiting for Mr. Right to come along.Mr. Right

on the right/wrong track

thinking or behaving in the right/wrong way
We haven't found a cure yet—but we are on the right track.on the right trackon the wrong track

push all the (right) buttons

(informal) to do exactly the right things to please someonea new satirical comedy show that pushes all the right buttonspush all the buttonspush all the right buttons

(as) right as rain

(informal) in excellent health or conditionright as rainas right as rain

right on

1 correct or trueI think his analysis is right on.2 (informal, old-fashioned) used to express strong approval or encouragementRight on, man!right on

right side out

with the part that is usually outside facing you, in the correct way for wearing
I had to turn some of the clothes right side out after washing them.right side out

right side up

with the top part turned to the top; in the correct, normal position
I dropped my toast, but luckily it fell right side up. antonym upside downright side up
Usage noteUsage note: rightcorrectBoth these words describe a belief, opinion, decision, or method that is suitable or the best one for a particular situation.right if someone is right to do or think something, that is a good thing to do or think in that situation: You're right to be cautious. You made the right decision. “It's not easy.” “Yes, you're right.”correct right, and suitable in a particular situation: What's the correct way to shut the machine down? I don't think she's correct to say that he's incompetent.right or correct?Correct is more formal than right. It is more often used for methods and right is more often used for beliefs, opinions, and decisions.patternsright/correct about someone/somethingright/correct to do somethingright/correct in thinking/believing/saying somethingthe right/correct decision/judgment/conclusionthe right/correct way/method/approachabsolutely/quite right/correctUsage noteUsage note: trueright correctThese words all describe something that cannot be doubted as fact and includes no mistakes.true connected with facts rather than things that have been invented or guessed: Are the following statements true or false? Is it true that she's leaving?right that is true and cannot be doubted as a fact: I got about half the answers right.correct right according to the facts and without any mistakes: Only one of the answers is correct. Check that all the details are correct.right or correct?Correct is more formal than right and is more likely to be used in official or formal instructions or documents.patternsright/correct about someone/somethingthe true/right/correct answer