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adverb lightly pronunciation in British English /ˈlaɪtli/
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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
    Lightly grease a cake tin.
    Snow fell lightly on the rooftops.
  4. 4
    cooked for a short time
    a lightly boiled egg
  5. 6
    in a graceful way
    She stepped lightly over the boxes.



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