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British English: /lʌɪt/
American English: /laɪt/

Translation of light in Arabic:


  • 1 (brightness)

    ضَوْء (plural: أَضْواء)
    نور (plural: أَنْوار)
    by the light of the fire/moon

    على ضَوْءِ النارِ \ القَمَرِ
    in the light of day

    في نورِ النَهارِ
    I'd like to get back in the light

    ‫أَوَدُّ أنْ أَعودَ قبل حُلولِ الظَلامِ‬
    to throw or shed light on something

    أَلْقى الضَوْءَ على شَيْءٍ
    to hold something up to the light

    وَضَعَ شَيْئاً في الضَوْءِ
    with the light behind her

    والضَوْءُ من وَرائِها
  • 2
    (in a building)
    مِصْباح (plural: مَصابيحُ)
    (in the street, on a machine)
    to put or switch or turn a light on

    أَوْقَدَ النورَ
    to put or switch or turn a light off to leave a light on

    تَرَكَ نوراً موقَداً
    are all the lights off?

    هل أُطْفِئَتْ كُلُّ الأَنْوارِ؟
  • 3 (on an instrument panel)

    ضَوْء (plural: أَضْواء)
    نور (plural: أَنْوار)
  • 6 (aspect)

    جانِب (plural: جَوانِبُ)
    زاوِية (plural: زَوايا)
    to see something in a different light

    رَأى شَيْئاً من زاوِيةٍ مُخْتَلِفةٍ
    we reviewed the case in the light of new evidence

    راجَعْنا القَضيّةَ في ضَوْءِ أَدِلّةٍ جَديدةٍ
    to appear in a bad light

    ‫ظَهَرَ في صورةٍ سَيِّئةٍ
  • 7 (public knowledge)to bring a crime/fact to light

    ‫كَشَفَ النِقابَ عن جَريمةٍ \ حَقيقةٍ
    the details came to light a year later

    ظَهَرَت التَفاصيلُ بعد عامٍ

also: lights plural noun/جمع

  • 1
    also: traffic lights

    إشارات المُرورِ
    the lights were red/green

    ‫كانَت الإشارةُ حَمْراءَ \ خَضْراءَ‬
    to jump the lights

    خَرَقَ الإشارةَ
  • 2 (decorative illuminations)

    ضَوْء زينةٍ

transitive verb/فعل متعد past tense/زمن الماضي, past participle/اسم المفعول lit or lighted

  • 1 (to set fire to)

    أَوْقَدَ (a candle, cigarette, the oven)

    أَشْعَلَ النارَ في (the wood, paper, a firework)

    أَشْعَلَ (a match)
    to light a fire

    أَوْقَدَ ناراً
  • 2 (to illuminate)

    أَضاءَ (a corridor, room, path)
    to light the way for somebody

    أَضاءَ الطَريقَ لِشَخْصٍ

intransitive verb/فعل غير متعد

  • past tense/زمن الماضي, past participle/اسم المفعول lit or lighted
    (the fire, gas, matches)


  • 1 (bright)
    (evening, room)
    the sky got or grew lighter

    كانَ النورُ يَزْدادُ في السَماءِ
    we will leave as soon as it gets light

    سَنُغادِرُ بِمُجَرَّدِ أنْ يَطْلُعَ الصُبْحُ
    it's still light

    ما زالَ النَهارُ باقِياً
  • 2 (pale)
    (colour, fabric, hair)
    light blue/grey

    أَزْرَق \ رَماديّ فاتِح
  • 3 (not heavy)
    (box, rain)
    she is 8 kg lighter

    هي أَخَفُّ ب 8 كجم
    to be a light sleeper

    كانَ نَوْمُهُ خَفيفاً
    to have a light meal

    تَناوَلَ وَجْبةً خَفيفةً
  • 5 (delicate)
    (knock, touch)
    to be light on one's feet

    كانَ خَفيفَ الحَرَكةِ
  • 6 (not tiring)
    (work, exercise)
    to be on light duties

    كانَتْ عِنْدَهُ واجِباتٌ خَفيفةٌ
    to make light work of something

    سَهَّلَ شَيْئاً
  • 7 (not intellectually demanding)
    (music, film)
    a bit of light relief

    بَعْض من التَرْفيهِ
    some light reading on the beach

    بَعْض القِراءةِ الخَفيفةِ على الشاطِئِ
  • 8 (trivial)it is no light matter

    لَيْسَ هذا أَمْراً تافِهاً
    to make light of a rumour/injury

    اسْتَهانَ بِإشاعةٍ \ بِإصابةٍ
  • 9 (culinary/فن الطبخ) (low-fat)
    (margarine, cheese, spread)
    قَليل الدَسَمِ


to see the light

(to understand)
اتَّضَحَ لَهُ الأَمْرُ
(to appear) (stories, books, cars)
‫خَرَجَ إلى النورِ

Phrasal verbs

light on

light on [something]

لَمَحَ (a detail, name, key)

light up

(to light a cigarette)
أَشْعَلَ سيجارةً
(to light a pipe)
أَشْعَلَ غَلْيوناً
(lamps, street lights)
(somebody's face, eyes)
light up [something], light [something] up 1 2 (to illuminate)

أَضاءَ [شَيْئاً] (a room, town, the surroundings)

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