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light

noun /lait/
the brightness given by the sun, a flame, lamps etc that makes things able to be seen
lumière
It was nearly dawn and the light was getting stronger Sunlight streamed into the room.
something which gives light (eg a lamp)
lumière
Suddenly all the lights went out.
something which can be used to set fire to something else; a flame
feu
Have you got a light for my cigarette?
a way of viewing or regarding
jour
He regarded her action in a favourable light.
lightness noun
clarté
lighten verb to make or become brighter
(s’)éclairer
The white ceiling lightened the room The sky was lightening.
lighter noun something used for lighting (a cigarette etc) a disposable lighter.
briquet
a disposable lighter.
lighting noun a means of providing light
éclairage
The lighting was so bad in the restaurant that we could hardly see.
lighthouse noun a building built on rocks, coastline etc with a (flashing) light to guide or warn ships.
phare
light-year noun the distance light travels in a year (nearly 9.5 million million kilometres).
année-lumière
bring to light to reveal or cause to be noticed
mettre en lumière
The scandal was brought to light by the investigations of a journalist.
come to light to be revealed or discovered
être découvert
The manuscript came to light in a box of books at an auction.
in the light of taking into consideration (eg new information)
à la lumière de
The theory has been abandoned in the light of more recent discoveries.
light up to begin to give out light
s’allumer
Evening came and the streetlights lit up.
to make, be or become full of light
(s’)illuminer
The powerful searchlight lit up the prison yard She watched the house light up as everyone awoke.
to make or become happy
(s’)éclairer
Her face lit up when she saw him A sudden smile lit up her face.
see the light to be born, discovered, produced etc
voir le jour
After many problems, his invention finally saw the light (of day).
to be converted to someone else’s point of view etc He finally saw the light and became a vegetarian.
se convertir (à)
He finally saw the light and became a vegetarian.
set light to to cause to begin burning
mettre le feu à qqch.
He set light to the pile of rubbish in his garden.
Translations of “light”
in Korean 전구, 등…
in Arabic مِصْباح, ضَوْء, نور…
in Italian luce…
in Chinese (Traditional) 光亮, 光,光亮,光線, 發光體…
in Russian свет, источник света, лампа…
in Turkish ışık, lamba…
in Polish światło…
in Spanish luz, lámpara, fuego…
in Portuguese luz, iluminação…
in German das Licht, das Feuer…
in Catalan llum…
in Japanese 明かり, 光…
in Chinese (Simplified) 光亮, 光,光亮,光线, 发光体…
(Definition of light from the Password English-French Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)
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