right noun

1 what is morally good

PREP. in the ~ (= having justice and truth on your side) There's no doubt that he's in the right on this.

PHRASES have right on your side I appealed against the decision because I knew I had right on my side. | know right from wrong Children of that age don't know right from wrong. | right and wrong She doesn't understand the difference between right and wrong. | the rights and wrongs of sth We sat discussing the rights and wrongs of the prison system.

2 entitlement

ADJ. basic, fundamental, inalienable the basic rights of all citizens | absolute, perfect I've got a perfect right to park here if I want to. | equal | exclusive, sole | full | automatic Any employee who is sacked has an automatic right to appeal. | animal, human animal rights campaigners human rights violations | legal, statutory | contractual | moral You have a moral right to that money. | civil the civil rights movement | gay, women's | parental The local authority exercises parental rights over the children until foster homes are found. | squatters' The teenagers claimed squatters' rights and were allowed to remain in the building. | pension | voting | divine, god-given the old idea of the divine right of kings I suppose you think you have some god-given right to tell me what to do?

VERB + RIGHT enjoy, have, retain They have no right to come onto my land. | assert, claim, demand | know You can't do that to me?I know my rights. | establish The new president undertook to establish full rights for all minorities. | stand up for You should stand up for your rights and insist that he pays you. | reserve I reserve the right to leave at any time I choose. | gain, get | confer on sb, give sb, grant sb We were granted the exclusive rights to produce the software in the UK. | extend The government extended voting rights to everyone over the age of 18. | exercise | enforce The landlord enforced his right to enter the property. | abdicate, give up, relinquish, renounce He renounced his right to the throne. | waive They gave me my uncle's money, on condition that I waived all rights to his property. | forfeit, lose | defend, protect, safeguard | acknowledge, recognize, respect | affect, infringe These additional guarantees do not affect your statutory rights. | deny sb | abolish

PREP. as of ~, by ~ The property belongs to her by/as of right. | by ~ of The Normans ruled England by right of conquest. | within your ~s You're acting entirely within your rights. | ~ of the right of assembly/asylum/citizenship/free speech/ownership | ~ over He claimed full rights over the discovery. | ~s for equal rights for all | ~ to Do I have any right to compensation?

PHRASES have every right She has every right to feel bitter. | right of way There is no public right of way across the fields.

3 rights: legal authority/claim to sth

ADJ. film, movie, television | translation | foreign | property | mineral | grazing

VERB + RIGHT acquire, buy, get, obtain | sell He sold the film rights for $2 million. | have, hold

PHRASES all rights reserved (= protected or kept for the owner of the book, film, etc.)

4 right side/direction

VERB + RIGHT take Take a right at the traffic lights.

PREP. from the ~ Look out for traffic coming from the right. | on the ~ Ours is the first house on the right. | to the ~ Keep over to the right.

PHRASES the first/second, etc. right Take the first right, and then it's the second turning on your left. | from left to right/from right to left The books are numbered from right to left.

5 the right: in politics

ADJ. extreme, far

PREP. on the ~ He's on the extreme right of the party.