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verb     light pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlelighting
past tenselit
past participlelit
  1. 1
    [transitive] to make something start to burn

    Amy lit a cigarette.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to start to burn

      The fire won’t light if the wood is wet.

  2. 2



    light up

    [transitive] [often passive] to make a place brighter by giving it light
    light by:

    The room was lit by candlelight.

    dimly/badly/brightly lit:

    The room was dimly lit.

  3. 3
    [transitive] if you light someone’s way, you use a light to lead them through a dark place

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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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