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light

Definitions by Oxford


[lʌɪt], (Noun)

Definitions:
- the natural agent that stimulates sight and makes things visible
(e.g: the light of the sun)

- an expression in someone's eyes indicating a particular emotion or mood
(e.g: a shrewd light entered his eyes)

- understanding of a problem or mystery; enlightenment
(e.g: she saw light dawn on the woman's face)

- an area of something that is brighter or paler than its surroundings
(e.g: sunshine will brighten the natural lights in your hair)

- a device used to produce a flame or spark
(e.g: he asked me for a light)

- a window or opening to let light in
(e.g: the bedroom has a wide bay with leaded lights)

- a person eminent in a particular sphere of activity
(e.g: volunteers have been the shining lights of the community)

- (in a crossword puzzle) a blank space to be filled by a letter.


Phrases:
- bring to light
- come to light
- go out like a light
- in a — light
- in light of
- light and shade
- light at the end of the tunnel
- lights out
- punch someone's lights out
- see the light
- see the light of day
- the light of day
- the light of one's life
- the lights are on, but nobody's home
- throw light on

Origin:
Old English lēoht, līht (noun and adjective), līhtan (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch licht and German Licht, from an Indo-European root shared by Greek leukos ‘white’ and Latin lux ‘light’


[lʌɪt], (Verb)

Definitions:
- provide with light or lighting; illuminate
(e.g: the room was lit by a number of small lamps)

- make (something) start burning; ignite
(e.g: Allen gathered sticks and lit a fire)


Phrases:
- bring to light
- come to light
- go out like a light
- in a — light
- in light of
- light and shade
- light at the end of the tunnel
- lights out
- punch someone's lights out
- see the light
- see the light of day
- the light of day
- the light of one's life
- the lights are on, but nobody's home
- throw light on

Origin:


[lʌɪt], (Adjective)

Definitions:
- having a considerable or sufficient amount of natural light; not dark
(e.g: the bedrooms are light and airy)

- (of a colour) pale
(e.g: her eyes were light blue)


Phrases:
- bring to light
- come to light
- go out like a light
- in a — light
- in light of
- light and shade
- light at the end of the tunnel
- lights out
- punch someone's lights out
- see the light
- see the light of day
- the light of day
- the light of one's life
- the lights are on, but nobody's home
- throw light on

Origin:


[lʌɪt], (Adjective)

Definitions:
- of little weight; not heavy
(e.g: they are very light and portable)

- relatively low in density, amount, or intensity
(e.g: passenger traffic was light)

- (of food or a meal) small in quantity and easy to digest
(e.g: a light supper)

- gentle or delicate
(e.g: she planted a light kiss on his cheek)

- (of entertainment) requiring little mental effort; not profound or serious
(e.g: pop is thought of as light entertainment)

- (of a woman) having many casual sexual encounters or relationships.


Phrases:
- a light touch
- be light on
- be light on one's feet
- make light of
- make light work of
- travel light

Origin:
Old English lēocht, līht (noun), lēohte (adverb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch licht and German leicht, from an Indo-European root shared by lung


[lʌɪt], (Verb)

Definitions:
- come upon or discover by chance
(e.g: he lit on a possible solution)

- descend
(e.g: from the horse he lit down)


Phrases:

Origin:
Old English līhtan(in light (sense 2); also ‘lessen the weight of’), from light; compare with alight







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