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English definition of “lightly”

lightly

adverb uk   /ˈlaɪt.li/ us  

lightly adverb (GENTLY)

B1 gently: She patted him lightly on the shoulder.Self-control and moderation C1 If food is lightly cooked, it is cooked for only a short time: lightly cooked vegetablesPreparing food using heatPreparing food

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.Humour and humorous 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.Lacking humour

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.Not punishing and reducing punishment
(Definition of lightly from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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