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English definition of “lightly”

lightly

adverb     /ˈlaɪtli/
GENTLY B1 gently: He kissed her lightly on the cheek.Tender and gentleKind and thoughtful
NOT MUCH not much: lightly cooked vegetablesSmall in number and quantity
not do sth lightly to think carefully about something before you do it, knowing that it is serious: It's not a decision that I take lightly.Thinking and contemplating
get off lightly ( also UK escape lightly) to have less trouble or punishment than you expectedNot punishing and reducing punishment
(Definition of lightly adverb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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