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lightly

adverb uk   /ˈlaɪt.li/ us  

lightly adverb (GENTLY)

B1 gently: She patted him lightly on the shoulder.C1 If food is lightly cooked, it is cooked for only a short time: lightly cooked vegetables
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lightly adverb (NOT SERIOUSLY)

If you say something lightly, you are not serious when you say it: "Anyway, it won't affect me because I'm leaving," she said lightly.not do sth lightly C2 If something is not said or treated lightly, it is said or treated in a serious way, after great thought: Accusations like these from a top minister are not made lightly.

lightly adverb (NOT SEVERELY)

get off lightly; let sb off lightly to be punished or to punish someone less severely than might have been expected: I think he got off quite lightly considering it's his third driving offence.
Translations of “lightly”
in Korean 부드럽게, 가볍게…
in Arabic بِخِفّة, قَليلاً…
in Portuguese levemente…
in Catalan suaument, lleugerament…
in Japanese そっと, 軽く…
in Italian leggermente…
in Chinese (Traditional) 輕輕地, 稍稍地, 少許…
in Russian слегка, едва, чуть-чуть…
in Turkish hafifçe, nazikçe, azıcık…
in Chinese (Simplified) 轻轻地, 稍稍地, 少许…
in Polish lekko…
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