Synonyms of light in English:

light1

noun

  • 1 the houses had only the shadowy light of candles and oil lamps
    [Antonyms] darkness
  • 2 there was a light on in the hall he shone his light into Oliver's face
    lamp, torch, flashlight; headlight, headlamp, sidelight; standard lamp, wall light; street light, floodlight; lantern, candle, taper, beacon
  • 3 have you got a light?
    match, (cigarette) lighter, flame, spark, source of fire
  • 4 don't worry, we'll be driving in the light and we won't have to go fast
    daylight, light of day, natural light, sunlight; daylight hours, daytime, day, hours of sunlight
    [Antonyms] darkness night-time
  • 5 he saw the problem in a different light the work sheds new light on the early history of the library
    aspect, angle, slant, approach, interpretation, viewpoint, standpoint, context, point of view, vantage point; appearance, guise, hue, complexion
  • 6 light dawned on Loretta, and she launched herself into her part
    understanding, enlightenment, illumination, comprehension, insight, awareness, knowledge, elucidation, explanation, clarification, edification
    [Antonyms] ignorance
  • 7 an eminent legal light
    expert, authority, master, leader, guru; leading light, guiding light, luminary, celebrity, dignitary, public figure, worthy, VIP, big name, star
  • 8 he served his party loyally according to his lights
    talent, skill, ability; intelligence, mental powers, intellect, knowledge, understanding
  • Phrases

    bring something to light

    a serious case of corruption within government was first brought to light by an internal audit
    [Antonyms] hush up keep secret
    revealdiscloseexposeuncovershow uplay bareunveilmanifestunearthdig updig outturn upbring to noticedetectidentifydredge upsmoke outroot outferret outhunt outnose out

    come to light

    the thefts came to light early last year
    [Antonyms] remain secret remain hidden
    be discoveredbe uncoveredbe unearthedappearcome outtranspirebecome knownbecome apparentmaterializeemergecrop upturn upshow uppop up

    in the light of

    I see no reason, in the light of these reports, to abandon our current policytaking into considerationconsideringtaking into accountbearing in mindkeeping in mindmindful oftaking note ofin view of

    see the light

    he believed that if he could talk to his opponents, he could make them see the lightunderstandrealize informalcotton oncatch onget the messageget the picturehave an aha momentBritish informaltwig

    throw/cast/shed light on

    no one could shed any light on the mysterious car accidentexplainelucidateclarifyclear upoffer/give an explanation for/ofmake clearmake plaininterpretcomment on

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  • Alan gathered sticks and lit a fire Rickie lit a cigarette
    set alight, set light to, set burning, set on fire, set fire to, put/set a match to, ignite, kindle, burn, spark (off), fire, touch off, start, torch
    archaic enkindle
    [Antonyms] extinguish put out
  • Phrases

    light up

    the dashboard lit upbecome brightbrightenbecome brighterlightenflashshinegleamflareblazeglintsparkleflickershimmerglistenscintillateglarebeam rarecoruscatefulgurate

    light something up

  • 1 a flare lit up the night sky
    make bright, brighten, illuminate, make brighter, lighten, throw/cast/shed light on, shine on, irradiate, flood with light, floodlight
    literary illumine
  • 2 her enthusiasm lit up her face
    animate, irradiate, brighten, make cheerful, cheer up, enliven
  • adjective

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  • 1 a cool and light breakfast room adjoins the bar
    bright, full of light, well lit, well lighted, well illuminated, sunny, sunshiny, undimmed, brilliant
    [Antonyms] dark gloomy
  • 2 a subtle colour scheme of light pastel shades
    [Antonyms] dark
  • 3 a young woman with light hair
    [Antonyms] dark brunette
  • Word links

    photo- related prefix, as in photograph
    lumin- related prefix, as in luminescent
    luc- related prefix, as in Lucifer
    optics study of behaviour of light
    photometry measurement of the intensity of light
    photophobia fear of light

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    Word of the day flippant
    Pronunciation: ˈflɪp(ə)nt
    adjective
    not showing a serious or respectful attitude

    Synonyms of light in English:

    light2

    adjective

  • 1 it's light, portable, and you can use it anywhere you're as light as a feather!
    easy to lift, not heavy, weighing very little, lightweight; easy to carry, portable, transportable, weightless, insubstantial, airy
    [Antonyms] heavy
  • 2 a light cotton robe
    [Antonyms] heavy thick
  • 3 she seemed as light on her feet as a dancer
    nimble, deft, agile, lithe, limber, lissom, flexible, supple, adroit, graceful, acrobatic, lively, active, quick, quick-moving, spry, sprightly; light-footed, fleet-footed
    informal twinkle-toed, nippy
    literary fleet, lightsome
    [Antonyms] clumsy
  • 4 cotton lavender needs a dry sunny situation in light soil
    friable, sandy, easily dug, workable; crumbly, not dense, loose, porous
    [Antonyms] dense
  • 5 a light dinner
    small, modest, scanty, simple, skimpy, frugal, not heavy, not rich, not large; easily digested, digestible
    [Antonyms] heavy rich
  • 6 I was put on light duties
    easy, simple, undemanding, untaxing, unexacting, not burdensome, moderate, endurable, bearable, tolerable
    informal cushy
    [Antonyms] hard burdensome
  • 7 his eyes gleamed with light mockery
    gentle, mild, moderate, slight; playful, light-hearted, easy-going; witty, dry
    [Antonyms] serious
  • 8 light entertainment light reading
    entertaining, lightweight, diverting, recreative, undemanding, easily understood, middle-of-the-road; amusing, humorous, funny, chucklesome, witty, light-hearted; frivolous, unserious, superficial, trivial, trifling
    [Antonyms] serious deep
  • 9 I pitched into the chores with a light heart
    carefree, light-hearted, cheerful, cheery, happy, merry, jolly, blithe, bright, sunny, untroubled; buoyant, vivacious, bubbly, jaunty, bouncy, breezy, optimistic, positive, upbeat, ebullient, easy-going, free and easy, happy-go-lucky
    dated gay
  • 10 this is no light matter
    unimportant, insignificant, trivial, trifling, petty, worthless, inconsequential, inconsiderable, superficial
    [Antonyms] serious important
  • 11 he heard light footsteps she leaned up and planted a light kiss on Dave's mouth
    gentle, delicate, soft, dainty, graceful; faint, indistinct
    [Antonyms] heavy
  • 12 her heart was pounding and her head felt light
    dizzy, giddy, light-headed, faint, unsteady
    informal woozy, funny
    dated queer
  • Phrases

    make light of something

    I don't want to make light of a serious issueplay downdownplayunderstateunderraterate too lownot do justice todo an injustice tounderplayde-emphasizeunderemphasizetrivializeminimizediminishdowngradereducelessenbrush asidegloss overshrug off informalsoft-pedalsell short raremisprizeminify

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    light3

    verb

    Phrases

    light into

  • 1 informal we started lighting into our attackers
    assault, set upon, fall on, attack, assail, turn on, lash out at, round on, strike, beat; thrash, drub, thump, batter, hammer, pummel, hit out at, strike out at, (let) fly at, weigh into, belabour
    British informal have a go at
  • 2 my father really lit into me for being late
    scold, berate, upbraid, castigate, censure, condemn, lambaste, criticize, reprimand, rebuke, chide, reprove, admonish, harangue, take to task, lay into, rant at, rave at, rail at, revile, fulminate against, haul/call over the coals
    informal pitch into, rap someone's knuckles, slap someone's wrist, dress down, give someone a dressing-down, carpet, tell off, bawl out
    British informal tick off, have a go at, slag off
    North American informal chew out
    rare reprehend, excoriate, objurgate
  • light on/upon

    we will suppose that the author has lighted upon important new materialcome acrosschance onhit onhappen onstumble on/acrossblunder onfinddiscoveruncoverarrive atencounterthink ofcome up with

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