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adjective light pronunciation in British English /laɪt/
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adjectivelight
comparativelighter
superlativelightest
  1. 1
    very bright because of light from the sun
    The room is light and airy.
    Synonyms and related words
    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 am.
  2. 2
    pale in colour, not dark
    a light blue shirt
  3. 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.
    2. b.
      light clothes are made of thin cloth and are not very warm
      a light summer jacket
  4. 4
    not much in quantity
    Traffic was fairly light as we left the city.
    a light frost
    1. b.
      a light meal is small and easy to eat
      light snacks/refreshments
  5. 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
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    2. b.
      a light sound is very quiet
      She heard a light knock at the window.
  6. 7
    enjoyable and not very serious
    a little light reading

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