Alternative forms Edit
( Received Pronunciation ) enPR: rīt, IPA (: key) /ˈɹaɪt/
( General American ) enPR: rīt, IPA (: key) /ˈɹaɪt/, [ˈɹaɪʔ(t̚)]
( adverb: exactly; immediately ) :
( dialectal, includes Western Canada, Northern England, Midlands ) IPA (: key) /ˈɹeɪt/, [ˈɹeɪʔt̚] Rhymes:
-aɪt Homophones: , rite , wright , Wright , write rate ( dialectal; certain senses only )
Etymology 1 Edit
Middle English , right , riȝt , from reȝt Old English , riht , ryht reht ( “ right ” ), from Proto-Germanic *rehtaz ( “ right, direct ” ), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃reǵtós ( “ having moved in a straight line ” ), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃reǵ- ( “ to straighten, direct ” ). An Indo-European past participle, it became a Germanic adjective which has been used also as a noun since the common Germanic period. Cognate with West Frisian , Dutch rjocht , German recht / recht , Swedish Recht and rätt , Danish rät , Norwegian ret , and Icelandic rett . The Indo-European root is also the source of Greek rétt ὀρεκτός ( orektós ) and Latin ; Albanian rectus was borrowed from Latin.
right ( comparative , righter or more right superlative )
rightest or rightmost
( archaic ) Straight, not bent.
a right line Of an angle, having a size of 90 degrees, or one quarter of a complete rotation; the angle between two
The kitchen counter formed a right angle with the back wall. Complying with justice, correctness or reason;
correct, just, true.
I thought you'd made a mistake, but it seems you were right all along. It's not right that one person gets all the credit for the group's work.
1610, John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding/Book II
If there be no prospect beyond the grave, the inference is certainly right, "Let us eat and drink, for to-morrow we die."
1808, Bishop Joseph Hall, Devotional works
there are some dispositions blame-worthy in men, which are yet, in a right sense, holily ascribed unto God; as unchangeableness, and irrepentance.
1841, Charles Dickens, Barnaby Rudge Chapter 13
What do you send me into London for, giving me only the right to call for my dinner at the Black Lion, which you’re to pay for next time you go, as if I was not to be trusted with a few shillings? Why do you use me like this? It’s not right of you. You can’t expect me to be quiet under it. January 4 2018, Catherine Ford in the Calgary Herald,
Religious-based health care raises ethical questions But when that patient requests access to medical care that violates some religious tenet, is it right that he or she either be denied outright or forced to seek an alternative facility?
Appropriate, perfectly suitable; fit for purpose.
Is this the right software for my computer?
Healthy, sane, competent.
I'm afraid my father is no longer in his right mind. Real; veritable (used emphatically).
You've made a right mess of the kitchen!
2016, Sarah Harvey, A Laugh-out-loud Modern Love Story
He's got a wicked sense of fun, he can be a right laugh, he's ever so broadminded – ooh, and he's got a lovely broad chest too. 1670, John Milton, The History of Britain
[… ] in this battle and whole business the Britons never more plainly manifested themselves to be right barbarians: no rule, no foresight, no forecast, experience, or estimation
( Australia ) All right; not requiring assistance.
1986 David Williamson, "What If You Died Tomorrow," Collected plays, Volume 1, Currency Press, p310
KIRSTY: I suppose you're hungry. Would you like something to eat? / KEN: No. I'm right, thanks.
2001 Catherine Menagé, Access to English, National Centre for English Language Teaching and Research, NSW: Sydney, p25
When the sales assistant sees the customer, she asks Are you This means right, sir? Are you all right? She wants to know if he needs any help. 2001 Morris Gleitzman, Two weeks with the Queen, Pan Macmillan Australia, p75
'You lost?' / Colin spun round. Looking at him was a nurse, her eyebrows raised. / 'No, I'm right, thanks,' said Colin.'
( dated ) Most favourable or convenient; fortunate.
c. 1707 , Joseph Adsison The Tatler
The lady has been disappointed on the right side. Designating the side of the body which is positioned to the east if one is facing north. This
arrow points to the right: →
After the accident, her right leg was slightly shorter than her left. Designed to be placed or worn
the right side of a piece of cloth ( politics ) Pertaining to the political right; conservative.
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perpendicular , (pt) reto (pt) Romanian:
drept (ro) Russian:
перпендикуля́рный (ru) ( perpendikuljárnyj ), прямо́й (ru) ( prjamój ) Serbo-Croatian:
Roman: okomit (sh) Slovene:
perpendicular , (es) recto (es) Swedish:
rät , (sv) rätvinklig , (sv) vinkelrät (sv) Tagalog:
, tadlungin tadlong Telugu:
లంబ (te) ( lamba ) Thai:
มุมฉาก (th) ( mum-chàak ) Turkish:
dik , (tr) dikey (tr) Vietnamese:
, (please verify) vuông góc (vi) ( vuông = perpendicular, thẳng = straight ) . (please verify) thẳng góc (vi) Welsh: cywir , (cy) sgŵr
complying with justice, correct
drejtë (sq) Arabic:
صَحِيح (ar) m ( ṣaḥīḥ ), صَوَاب ( ṣawāb ) Armenian:
ճիշտ (hy) ( čišt ) Bashkir:
дөрөҫ ( döröθ ) Basque:
, zuzen ongi Belarusian:
пра́вільны ( právilʹny ), ве́рны ( vjérny ) Bulgarian:
ве́рен (bg) ( véren ), пра́вилен (bg) ( právilen ) Burmese:
မှန် (my) ( hman ) Chinese:
正確 ( zing 3 kok 3 ) Mandarin: 正確 , (zh) 正确 (zh) ( zhèngquè ) Czech:
správný (cs) Danish:
rigtig , (da) korrekt (da) Dutch:
correct , (nl) juist (nl) Esperanto:
, ĝusta prava Estonian:
õige (et) Finnish:
oikea (fi) French:
correct , (fr) juste , (fr) bon , (fr) droit (fr) m Georgian:
სწორი ( sc̣ori ), მართებული ( martebuli ), მართალი ( martali ), წესიერი ( c̣esieri ), სამართლიანი ( samartliani ) German:
richtig (de) Greek:
σωστό (el) ( sostó ) Hawaiian:
צוֹדֵק ( tzodék ) Hindi:
ठीक (hi) ( ṭhīk ) Hungarian:
helyes (hu) Icelandic:
rétt , f, n réttur (is) m Ido:
korekta (io) Indonesian:
benar , (id) betul (id) Interlingua:
, correcte juste Isan:
please add this translation if you can Italian:
corretto (it) Japanese:
正しい (ja) ( ただしい, tadashii ) Khmer:
ត្រូវ (km) ( trəw ) Korean: 옳다 (ko) ( olta ), 바르다 (ko) ( bareuda )
rast , (ku) durist (ku) Sorani: راست (ku) ( rast ), تهواو (ku) ( tewaw ) Lao:
please add this translation if you can Latin:
, rectus , emendatus elegans Ligurian:
please add this translation if you can Macedonian:
правилен m ( pravilen ), точен m ( točen ), исправен ( ispraven ) Malay:
korett , m koretta , f tajjeb (mt) , m tajba (mt) f Navajo:
riktig , (no) rett (no) Occitan:
please add this translation if you can Ojibwe:
درست (fa) ( dorost ) Polish:
poprawny , (pl) prawidłowy , (pl) prawy , (pl) słuszny (pl) Portuguese:
correto , (pt) justo , (pt) certo (pt) Romanian:
drept , (ro) corect (ro) Russian:
пра́вильный (ru) m ( právilʹnyj ), пра́вый (ru) ( právyj ) Scottish Gaelic:
, исправан точан Roman: ispravan , (sh) točan (sh) Shan:
please add this translation if you can Slovene:
correcto , (es) justo (es) Swedish:
rätt , (sv) riktig (sv) Telugu:
సరైన ( saraina ), సరి (te) ( sari ) Thai:
ถูก (th) ( tùuk ), ใช่ (th) ( châi ) Turkish:
doğru (tr) Ukrainian:
пра́вильний (uk) ( právylʹnyj ), ві́рний ( vírnyj ) Urdu:
ٹھیک (ur) ( thīk ) Vietnamese:
phải , (vi) đúng , (vi) ( phải='right position' and correct, trái = left and wrong ) có lý (vi) Volapük:
verätik (vo) Yiddish:
ריכטיק ( rikhtik ) ( of a thing ), גערעכט ( gerekht ) ( of a person ) Zhuang: please add this translation if you can
appropriate, fit for purpose
all right, not requiring assistance
— see all right
of direction, opposite of left
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Dutch: rechts, rechtse (1), recht (2), correct (3), juist (3), rechtschapen (3), rechtvaardig (3), eerlijk (3), billijk (3) Interlingua: dextere, dextre (1); recte (2); correcte, juste (3)
Etymology 2 Edit
Middle English , right , from righte Old English , rihte rehte ( “ right; rightly; due; directly; straight ” ), from Proto-Germanic , from *rehta *rehtaz ( “ right; straight ” ).
right ( not )
comparable On the
right side. Towards the right side.
The arrow landed right in the middle of the target. Luckily we arrived right at the start of the film. 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, in : Mr. Pratt's Patients Then there came a reg'lar terror of a sou'wester same as you don't get one summer in a thousand, and blowed the shanty flat and ripped about half of the weir poles out of the sand. We spent consider'ble money getting 'em reset, and then a swordfish got into the pound and tore the nets all to slathers, right in the middle of the squiteague season.
Can't you see it? It's right beside you! Tom was standing right in front of the TV, blocking everyone's view.
( Britain , US , dialect ) Very, extremely, quite.
I made a right stupid mistake there, didn't I? I stubbed my toe a week ago and it still hurts right much.
1966, Jacqueline Susann, Valley of the Dolls , page 214:  That's long enough for any small town." Lyon leaned forward. "Do you like Lawrenceville, Mr. Hill?" The driver cocked his head. "Aeah. Why not? Born here. It's a right nice town
2004, Jon Sharpe, Nebraska nightmare: Well, that would be right neighborly of you, miss.
2005, Linda Beaulieu, The Providence and Rhode Island Cookbook, page 63: A right neighborly time.
2006, Lauraine Snelling, The Reapers' Song, page 286: “Something to eat would be right neighborly Where in tarnation are we?” “We'll be in Minneapolis in an hour or two.”
2008, Luke Cypher, Red Mesa, page 101: But it would be right neighborly and Christian of you to put your own wants aside for a spell. 2011, Ann Hite, Ghost on Black Mountain: The fog was right hard to see through so I was on Tom Pritchard before I saw him. According to fact or truth;
actually; truly; really. In a
Do it right or don't do it at all. ( dated , still used in some titles ) To a great extent or degree.
1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 13, in : Mr. Pratt's Patients He b'iled right over, and the tongue-lashing he give that boss Right Liver beat anything I ever listened to. There was heap of Scriptur' language in it, and more brimstone than you'd find in a match factory.
Sir, I am right glad to meet you …
Members of the Queen's Privy Council are styled The Right Honourable for life. The Right Reverend Monsignor Guido Sarducci.
Usage notes Edit
In the US, the word "right" is used as an adverb meaning "very, quite" in most of the major dialect areas, including the Southern US, Appalachia, New England
, and the Midwest, though the usage is not part of standard US English. In the UK also it is not part of the standard language but is regarded as stereotypical of the dialects of northern England, though it occurs in other dialects also.
according to fact or truth
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Yes, that is
correct; I agree. I agree with
whatever you say; I have no opinion.
Signpost word to change the subject in a discussion or discourse - After that interview, I don't think we should hire her. - Right — who wants lunch?
Used to check agreement at the end of an utterance.
You're going, right? Used to add seriousness or decisiveness before a statement.
Withnail and I Withnail: Right ... I'm gonna do the washing up.
yes, that is correct; I agree
changing the subject in a discussion
nonne (la) Norwegian:
ikke sant , (no) sant (no) Nynorsk: , ikkje sant sant Persian:
درست (fa) Polish:
prawda , (pl) ( colloquial ) , co nie ( colloquial ) nie (pl) Portuguese:
né , (pt) certo (pt) Romanian:
, nu-i așa da , (ro) nu (ro) Russian:
ве́рно (ru) ( vérno ), пра́вильно (ru) ( právilʹno ), не та́к ли? ( ne ták li? ) Spanish:
verdad , (es) ¿verdad? , (es) ¿vale? (es) ( Spain ), ¿no? , (es) ¿cierto? (es) Swedish:
eller hur? , (sv) va? , (sv) inte sant? Venetian:
vera Vietnamese: phải không?
adding seriousness or decisiveness before a statement
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Etymology 3 Edit
Middle English , right , righte , reght , reghte , riȝt , from riȝte Old English , riht , reht ġeriht ( “ that which is right, just, or proper; a right; due; law; canon; rule; direction; justice; equity; standard ” ), from Proto-Germanic *rehtą ( “ a right ” ), from Proto-Indo-European , from *h₃reǵtom Proto-Indo-European *h₃reǵt- ( “ to straighten; direct ” ). Cognate with Dutch recht ( “ a right; privilege ” ), German Recht ( “ a right ” ).
right ( plural )
That which complies with
justice, law or reason.
We're on the side of right in this contest. A legal or moral
You have no right to go through my personal diary.
(Can we date this quote?) Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
Table Talk There are no rights whatever, without corresponding duties.
1922, Michael Arlen, “3/19/2”, in : “Piracy”: A Romantic Chronicle of These Days Ivor had acquired more than a mile of fishing rights with the house ; he was not at all a good fisherman, but one must do something ; one generally, however, banged a ball with a squash-racket against a wall. 2013 August 10, Schumpeter, “ Cronies and capitols”, in , volume 408, number 8848: The Economist Policing the relationship between government and business in a free society is difficult. Businesspeople have every right to lobby governments, and civil servants to take jobs in the private sector. see also in right of The right side or direction.
The pharmacy is just on the right past the bookshop. The right hand.
( politics ) The ensemble of right-wing political parties; political conservatives as a group.
The political right holds too much power. The outward or most finished surface, as of a piece of cloth, a carpet, etc.
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which complies with justice, law or reason
legal or moral entitlement
right-wing politicians and parties
Etymology 4 Edit
Middle English , righten , reghten , from riȝten Old English , rihtan ġerihtan ( “ to straighten, judge, set upright, set right ” ), from Proto-Germanic *rihtijaną ( “ to straighten; rectify; judge ” ).
right ( third-person singular simple present , rights present participle , righting simple past and past participle )
( transitive ) To correct.
Righting all the wrongs of the war immediately will be impossible.
( transitive ) To set upright.
The tow-truck righted what was left of the automobile.
( intransitive ) To return to normal upright position.
When the wind died down, the ship righted. ( transitive ) To do justice to; to relieve from wrong; to restore rights to; to assert or regain the rights of.
to right the oppressed
c. 1592, William Shakespeare, Richard III
So just is God, to right the innocent. 1776, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams,
Declaration of Independence All experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
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sererast kirin , (ku) rast kirin , (ku) durist kirin (ku) Sorani: راست کردن ( rast kirdin ) Macedonian:
поправа n ( poprava ), исправа n ( isprava ), кореги́ра n ( koregíra ) Portuguese:
corrigir (pt) Romanian:
corecta , (ro) îndrepta (ro) Russian:
исправля́ть (ru) impf ( ispravljátʹ ), испра́вить (ru) pf ( isprávitʹ ), поправля́ть (ru) ( popravljátʹ ), попра́вить (ru) ( poprávitʹ ) Serbo-Croatian:
ispraviti (sh) Slovene:
, popravljati popraviti Spanish:
corregir (es) Swedish:
rätta , (sv) korrigera (sv) ( minor corrections ) Thai:
แก้ (th) ( gɛ̂ɛ ) Turkish:
düzeltmek (tr) Welsh: reit
(intransitive) to return to normal upright position
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