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adjective [-er/-est only] (NOT A LOT)   /lɑɪt/
not great in strength or amount; slight: a light rain light traffic The doctor said it was OK to take light exercise, such as walking. A light sentence in prison is a short one. Tastes and smells described as light are not obvious: a light scent of wildflowers light eater/drinker A light eater/drinker eats or drinks only a little.
(Definition of light adjective (NOT A LOT) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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