Definition of “lightly” - English Dictionary

“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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