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"lightly" in British English

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lightlyadverb

uk   /ˈlaɪt.li/  us   /ˈlaɪt.li/
  • 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.
(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 serious consideration: Funding for public schools is something I don't take lightly.
  • lightly adverb (NOT A LOT)

If food is lightly cooked, it is cooked for only a short time.
(Definition of lightly from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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