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Meaning of “lightly” in the English Dictionary

"lightly" in British English

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lightlyadverb

uk   us   /ˈlaɪt.li/
  • lightly adverb (GENTLY)

B1 gently: She ​patted him lightly on the ​shoulder.C1 If ​food is lightly ​cooked, it is ​cooked for only a ​shorttime: lightly ​cookedvegetables

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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 ​greatthought: Accusations like these from a ​topminister 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 ​drivingoffence.
(Definition of lightly from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"lightly" in American English

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lightlyadverb

 us   /ˈlɑɪt·li/
  • lightly adverb (NOT SERIOUSLY)

without ​seriousconsideration: Funding for ​publicschools is something I don't take lightly.
  • lightly adverb (NOT A LOT)

If ​food is lightly ​cooked, it is ​cooked for only a ​shorttime.
(Definition of lightly from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “lightly”
in Arabic بِخِفّة, قَليلاً…
in Korean 부드럽게, 가볍게…
in Portuguese levemente…
in Catalan suaument, lleugerament…
in Japanese そっと, 軽く…
in Chinese (Simplified) 轻轻地, 稍稍地, 少许…
in Turkish hafifçe, nazikçe, azıcık…
in Russian слегка, едва, чуть-чуть…
in Chinese (Traditional) 輕輕地, 稍稍地, 少許…
in Italian leggermente…
in Polish lekko…
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