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

     

    right

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//raɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//raɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they right
    BrE BrE//raɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//raɪt//
     
    he / she / it rights
    BrE BrE//raɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//raɪts//
     
    past simple righted
    BrE BrE//ˈraɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈraɪtɪd//
     
    past participle righted
    BrE BrE//ˈraɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈraɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form righting
    BrE BrE//ˈraɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈraɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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    return to position
  1. 1right somebody/something/yourself to return somebody/something/yourself to the normal, vertical position They learnt to right a capsized canoe. At last the plane righted itself and flew on.
  2. correct
  3. 2right something to correct something that is wrong or not in its normal state synonym right (5) Righting the economy will demand major cuts in expenditure.
  4. Word Origin Old 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.Idioms to do something to correct an unfair situation or something bad that you have done This is a time to right wrongs and heal divisions.
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