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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)







"lightly" in British English

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lightlyadverb

uk   /ˈlaɪt.li/  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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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