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light

noun uk   /laɪt/ us  

light noun (BRIGHTNESS)

B1 [U] the brightness that comes from the sun, fire, etc. and from electrical devices, and that allows things to be seen: a bright light fluorescent/ultraviolet light a beam/ray of light Light was streaming in through the open door. It's a north-facing room so it doesn't get much light (= brightness from the sun).Light A2 [C] a piece of equipment that produces light, such as a lamp or a bulb: Could you switch/turn the light on/off, please? She could see the city lights in the distance. As the lights went down, the audience grew quiet. My front bike light isn't working.Lighting and light fittings in the home

light noun (FLAME)

a light something that will produce a flame and cause burning, such as a match or a cigarette lighter: Have you got a light, please?Tobacco and smokingHeaters and burners set light to sth UK to cause something to start burning: The lamp caught fire and set light to the curtains.Starting fires

light

adjective uk   /laɪt/ us  

light adjective (NOT HEAVY)

A2 not heavy: Here, take this bag - it's quite light. He's a few pounds lighter than he used to be. How do you get your cakes so wonderfully light, Felicity? He has a very light (= gentle) touch, which is what is required in massage. She's very light on her feet (= she moves gracefully).Light and weightless A2 describes clothes that are made of thin material that allows you to be cool: a light summer dressLight and weightlessThe style, appearance, and make-up of clothes

light adjective (BRIGHT)

B1 lit by the natural light of the day: The big windows make the room feel wonderfully light and airy. It gets light very early these summer mornings. Summer is coming and the evenings are getting lighter (= getting dark later).The qualities of light

light adjective (PALE)

A1 (of colours) pale: light blue/green
Opposite
Pale and colourless and causing colour to fade

light adjective (NOT SERIOUS)

entertaining and easily understood, but not serious and not intended to make you think: I want some light reading for the summer holidays - a romance or something. A lively argument between the two main speakers provided a bit of light relief (= something enjoyable or amusing) in an otherwise dull conference.Humour and humorousTypes of music make light of sth C2 to behave as if a situation, especially a problem, is not serious or important: It is easy to make light of other people's problems.Treating as unimportantNeglecting and ignoringNot paying attention

light adjective (NOT MUCH)

B1 not great in strength or amount: A light wind was blowing. The traffic was quite light so we got through London quickly. It's only light rain - you don't need an umbrella.Weakness and vulnerability light eater/drinker/smoker someone who eats/drinks/smokes only a littleSelf-control and moderation light sleeper someone who is easily woken up by noise, etc.Weakness and vulnerability

light adjective (MEAL/DRINK)

A light meal is small and easy to digest: I don't eat much for lunch - just a light snack.Meals and parts of meals describes alcoholic drinks that are not strong in flavour: It's described on the label as 'light, fruity wine'.Drinking alcohol

light adjective (NOT SEVERE)

needing only a very small amount of effort: light exercise, such as walking a bit of light houseworkEasiness and simplicity A light sentence in prison is a short one: He got off with a fairly light sentence because it was his first conviction.Putting people in prison make light work of sth/doing sth to do something quickly and easily: Heather made light work of painting the walls. You made light work of that chocolate cake (= you ate it quickly)!Easiness and simplicityHurrying and doing things quicklyBusy and activeEfficient and effective

light

verb uk   /laɪt/ (lit or lighted, lit or lighted) us  

light verb (START FLAMES)

B1 [I or T] to start to burn or to make something start to burn: to light a fire I can't get the cooker to light. He lit his fifth cigarette in half an hour.Starting fires

light verb (MAKE BRIGHT)

B2 [T] to produce light that makes an object or area bright or easy to see: The stage had been lit with candles. Fireworks lit up the sky (= made the sky bright).Emitting and casting light
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