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adjective light pronunciation in American English /laɪt/
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comparativelighter
superlativelightest
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  1. 1
    very bright because of light from the sun
    The room is light and airy.
    1. a.
      if it is light, you can see because it is day and not night
      I want to get home while it’s still light.
      it gets light (=it becomes light enough to see): It gets light around 5 a.m.
  2. 3
    not weighing much, or weighing less than you expect
    The table is a lot lighter than it looks.
    as light as a feather (=extremely light): The younger children are as light as a feather.
    1. a.
      less than the correct weight
      This bag of apples feels a little light.
  3. 6
    a light wind is not very strong
    a light breeze
    1. a.
      a light touch is very gentle
      a light kiss on the head
    2. b.
      a light sound is very quiet
      She heard a light knock at the window.

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