Definition of right adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//raɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//raɪt//
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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. 2  true or correct as a fact Did you get the answer right? ‘What's the right time?’ ‘10.37.’ ‘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 Synonymstrueright correct These 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. What’s the right time?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 the right/​correct time
  4. 3  correct for a particular situation or thing, or for a particular person Have you got the right money (= the exact amount) for the bus fare? Is this the right way to the beach? You're not holding it the right way up. Are you sure you've got that on the right way round? 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 down to being in the right place at the right time (= being able to take opportunities when they came). opposite wrong SynonymsrightcorrectBoth these words describe a belief, opinion, decision or method that is suitable or the best one for a particular situation.right if somebody 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 (of a method, belief, opinion or decision) 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 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/​judgement/​conclusion the right/​correct way/​method/​approach absolutely/​quite right/​correct
  5. 4  [not before noun] correct in your opinion or judgement 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 don't feel quite right today (= I feel ill/sick). That sausage doesn't smell right. Things aren't right between her parents. If only I could have helped put matters 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 towards the side of the body that is towards the east when a person faces north my right eye Keep on the right side of the road. Take a right turn at the intersection. see also right-wing opposite left
  10. complete
  11. 7[only before noun] (British English, informal, especially disapproving) used to emphasize something bad You made a right mess of that! I felt a right idiot.
  12. see also all right
    Word OriginOld English riht (adjective and noun), rihtan (verb), rihte (adverb), of Germanic origin; related to Latin rectus ‘ruled’, from an Indo-European root denoting movement in a straight line. More Like This Silent letters gnarled, gnash, gnat, gnaw, gnome haute cuisine, heir, (NAmE herb), honour, hors d’oeuvre, hour knack, knee, kneel, knife, knight, knit, knob, knock, knot, know, knuckle psalm, psephology, psychic, ptarmigan, pterodactyl, psychology wrangle, wrap, wreath, wreck, wrench, wrestle, wriggle, wring, write, wrong bomb, climb, crumb, doubt, lamb, limb ascent, fascinate, muscle, scene, scissors height, right, sleigh, weight align, campaign, design, foreign, malign, reign, unfeigned balmy, calm, calf, half, yolk autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn, solemn bristle, fasten, listen, mortgage, soften, thistle, wrestle biscuit, build, circuit, disguise, guilty, league, rogue, vague yacht answer, sword, twoSee worksheet. Extra examplesHe never gets anything right. I’m sure it’ll all turn out right in the end. It may be a very easy way to make money, but that doesn’t make it right. James did what he thought was right. She needs to get everything exactly right for her guests. The meat doesn’t taste right to me. There’s something not quite right about these figures. You were quite right about the weather. You’re dead right. There’s nothing we can do. ‘David, isn’t it?‘ ‘Yes, that’s right.’ ‘I’ll have to do it again.’ ‘ Too right you will.’ ‘It’s not easy.’ ‘Yeah, you’re right.’ A few details are missing, but the description is more or less right. Am I right in thinking we’ve met before? Are you sure that sweater’s on the right way (around)? Have you got the right money for the bus fare? He’s definitely the right man for the job. He’s made the right decision. His success was down to being in the right place at the right time. Hunting may be legal, but that doesn’t make it right. I don’t believe she’s right in this case. I don’t think she was right for you. I got about half the answers right. I hope we’re doing the right thing. I think you were right to do what you did. I was doing what I thought was right. If only I could have helped put matters right. It was Monday you went to see Angie, right? It’s right that he should be punished. Let me get this right , you want us to do ten hours’ extra work for no extra pay? Next time we’ll get it right. She’s definitely the right person to ask. That sausage doesn’t smell right. Things aren’t right between her parents. What’s the right time? What’s the right way to do this? You were quite right to tell me. You’re not holding it the right way up. You’re right to be cautious.Idioms
    get/start off on the right/wrong foot (with somebody)
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    (informal) to start a relationship well/badly I seem to have got off on the wrong foot with the new boss.
    get on the right/wrong side of somebody
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    to make somebody pleased with you/annoyed with you
    give your right arm for something/to do something
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    (informal) used to say that somebody 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 have been there with them.
    have your head screwed on (the right way)
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    (informal) to be a sensible person
    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 somebody’s intentions are kind and sincere even though they sometimes do the wrong thing
    hit/strike the right/wrong note
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    (especially British English) 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 Synonymsmadcrazy nuts batty out of your mind (not) in your right mindThese are all informal words that describe somebody who has a mind that does not work normally.mad (informal, especially British English) having a mind that does not work normally:I thought I’d go mad if I stayed any longer. Mad is an informal word used to suggest that somebody’s behaviour is very strange, often because of extreme emotional pressure. It is offensive if used to describe somebody suffering from a real mental illness; use mentally ill instead. Mad is not usually used in this meaning in North American English; use crazy instead.crazy (informal, ) having a mind that does not work normally:A crazy old woman rented the upstairs room. Like mad, crazy is offensive if used to describe somebody suffering from a real mental illness.nuts [not before noun] (informal) mad:That noise is driving me nuts! You guys are nuts!batty (informal, especially British English) slightly mad, in a harmless way:Her mum’s completely batty.out of your mind (informal) unable to think or behave normally, especially because of extreme shock or anxiety:She was out of her mind with grief.(not) in your right mind (informal) (not) mentally normal:No one in their right mind would choose to work there.Patterns to be mad/​crazy/​nuts/​out of your mind/​not in your right mind to do something to go mad/​crazy/​nuts/​batty to drive somebody mad/​crazy/​nuts/​batty/​out of their mind completely mad/​crazy/​nuts/​batty/​out of your mind
    left, right and centre (also right, left and centre)
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    (informal) in all directions; everywhere He's giving away money left, right and centre.
    (saying) 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’. (informal) 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 side of 40, 50, etc.
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    (informal) younger or older than 40, 50, etc. years of age
    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 (also press all the (right) buttons especially in British English)
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    (informal) to do exactly the right things to please somebody a new satirical comedy show that pushes all the right buttons
    (informal) in excellent health or condition (informal) certainly; in a way that cannot be denied You heard me right enough (= so don't pretend that you did not). (informal) used to express strong approval or encouragement see also right-on (North American English) 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 (Australian English, informal) used to say that everything will be all right, even if there is a problem now (British English, informal) used to say that there is no doubt about something ‘We need to stick together.’ ‘Too right!’ ‘I'll have to do it again.’ ‘Too right you will.’
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: right