lightly - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    without using much force or pressure

    Her hands rested lightly on his shoulders.

  2. 2
    in a way that shows you think something is not important or serious

    ‘Was it something I said?’ she asked lightly.

    1. a.
      [usually in negatives] without considering something carefully and seriously

      The decision was not taken lightly.

      Our objections should not be dismissed so lightly.

  3. 3
    in small amounts, or using only a small amount of something

    Snow fell lightly on the rooftops.

  4. 4
    cooked for a short time

    a lightly boiled egg

  5. 5
    if you sleep lightly, you wake up very easily
  6. 6
    in a graceful way

    She stepped lightly over the boxes.