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"slight" in British English

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slightadjective

uk   /slaɪt/  us   /slaɪt/

slightverb [T]

uk   /slaɪt/  us   /slaɪt/

slightnoun [C]

uk   /slaɪt/  us   /slaɪt/
an action that insults a person because someone fails to pay attention to them or to treat them with the respect that they deserve: I regarded her failure to acknowledge my greeting as a slight.
(Definition of slight from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"slight" in American English

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slightadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /slɑɪt/
small in amount or degree: He speaks with a slight French accent. She had a slight cold, but wasn’t feeling too bad.
(of people) thin and delicate: He was a young man of slight build with sensitive eyes and expressive hands.

slightverb [T]

 us   /slɑɪt/
  • slight verb [T] (INSULT)

to insult someone by not paying attention or by treating the person as unimportant: He slighted his wife by neglecting to introduce her.
(Definition of slight from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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