American English

Definition of right adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    morally good
  1. 1[not usually before noun] right (to do something) morally good or acceptable; correct according to law or a person's duty You 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. opposite wrong
  2. true/correct
  3. 2true or correct as a fact Did 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? opposite wrong Thesaurustrueright 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.Patterns right/correct about somebody/something the true/right/correct answer
  4. 3correct for a particular situation or thing, or for a particular person Have 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). opposite wrong
  5. 4[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? opposite wrong
  6. normal
  7. 5[not before noun] in a normal or good enough condition I 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). opposite wrong
  8. not left
  9. 6[only before noun] of, on, or toward the side of the body that is toward the east when a person faces north my right eye Stay on the right side of the road. Take a right turn at the intersection. see also right-wing, left see also all right
    noun [uncountable] the rightness (= justice) of their cause the rightness of his decision
  11. ThesaurusrightcorrectBoth 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.Patterns right/correct about somebody/something right/correct to do something right/correct in thinking/believing/saying something the right/correct decision/judgment/conclusion the right/correct way/method/approach absolutely/quite right/correct
    get/start off on the right/wrong foot (with somebody) (informal)
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    to start a relationship well/badly I seem to have gotten off on the wrong foot with the new boss.
    get on the right/wrong side of somebody
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    to make someone pleased with you/annoyed with you
    give your right arm for something/to do something (informal)
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    used to say that someone is willing to give up a lot in order to have or do something that they really want I'd have given my right arm to be there with them.
    have your head screwed on (straight/right), get/have/keep your head on straight/right (informal)
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    to be a sensible person I kept my head on straight and did what I had to.
    have the right idea
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    to have found a very good or successful way of living, doing something, etc. He's certainly got the right idea—retiring at 55.
    somebody's heart is in the right place
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    used to say that someone's intentions are kind and sincere even though they sometimes do the wrong thing
    hit/strike the right/wrong note
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    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.
    (not) in your right mind
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    (not) mentally normal Thesauruscrazyinsane nuts bananas out of your mind (not) in your right mindThese are all informal words that describe someone who has a mind that does not work normally. Nearly all of the words in this set are offensive if used to describe someone suffering from a real mental illness; use mentally ill instead.crazy (informal) used to describe someone whose mind does not work normally or whose behavior is very strange or out of control:Have you met the crazy old lady upstairs?insane (informal) having a mind that does not work normally:If I have to stay any longer, I'll go insane. Insane is also used as a legal term for someone who is not responsible for a crime they have committed because they were not able to know right from wrong at the time.nuts [not before noun] (very informal) crazy:He's driving me nuts!bananas (very informal) crazy:You guys are bananas!out of your mind (informal) unable to think or behave normally, especially because of extreme shock or anxiety:She was out of her mind just before the exam.(not) in your right mind (informal) (not) mentally normal:No one in their right mind would want to work there.Patterns to be crazy/insane/nuts/bananas/out of your mind/not in your right mind to do something to go crazy/insane/nuts/bananas/out of your mind to drive somebody crazy/insane/nuts/bananas/out of their mind completely/absolutely crazy/insane/nuts/bananas/out of your mind
    might is/makes right (saying)
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    having the power to do something gives you the right to do it Their foreign policy is based on the principle that “might is right.”
    Mr. Right (informal)
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    the man who would be the right husband for a particular woman I'm not getting married in a hurry—I'm waiting for Mr. Right to come along.
    on the right/wrong track
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    thinking or behaving in the right/wrong way We haven't found a cure yet—but we are on the right track.
    push all the (right) buttons (informal)
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    to do exactly the right things to please someone a new satirical comedy show that pushes all the right buttons
    (as) right as rain (informal)
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    in excellent health or condition
    1. 1correct or true I think his analysis is right on.
    2. 2(informal) (old-fashioned) used to express strong approval or encouragement Right on, man!
    right side out
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    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 up
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    with the top part turned to the top; in the correct, normal position I dropped my toast, but luckily it fell right side up. opposite upside down
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