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adjective     light pronunciation in British English
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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 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. 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. a.
      a light eater is someone who does not eat much food
  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

    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

  7. 8
    food or drink that is light has less fat or alcohol than other similar food or drink. This word is sometimes spelt lite on food labels
    1. a.
      used about foods and drinks that do not have a strong taste

      Muscadet is a light fresh wine.

    2. b.
      a cake that is light tastes nice because it has a lot of air in it
  8. 9
    a light sleep is one in which you wake up often. Someone who often wakes up while they are sleeping is called a light sleeper.
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