- 1 uncountable (illumination) a ray of light light and shadeartificial/natural lightluz y sombraby the light of the moon/a candleluz artificial/naturalyou shouldn't read in this lighta la luz de la luna/una velahold it up to the lightno deberías leer con esta luzyou're standing in my lightponlo al trasluz or a contraluzbring it into the lightme tapas or me quitas la luzme haces sombrawhile the light laststráelo a la luzin o by the cold light of day it didn't seem such a good ideamientras haya luzat first lightal pensarlo mejor or en frío, no parecía tan buena idealet there be light (Bible) (to be) the light of somebody's lifeal clarear (el día)con las primeras lucesto bring something to light to come to light to hide one's light under a bushel(ser) la niña de los ojos de alguiento see the lightser modestocomprender las cosas(Religion)to see (the) light at the end of the tunnelto see the light (of day) he first saw the light of day in April, 1769vislumbrar el fin de sus ( or mis etc) problemasir saliendo del túnelto throw o cast o shed light on somethingnació or vino al mundo en el mes de abril de 1769(before noun) light wavesarrojar luz sobre algoondas (feminine plural) luminosasExample sentences
- They believed this to be a natural power of the soul, realized as it gradually opens itself to divine light and truth.
- The light of the divine shines everywhere, and has no gender, and has no single pronoun, and has no one image.
- May God grant new gospel light to this spiritually deprived nation!
- 2 countable 2.1 (source of light)(lamp)to turn the light off to turn the light onshine the light over hereencender or (in Latin America also) prender or (in Spain also) dar la luzlights out!enfoca or alumbra aquílights! (Cinema, Theater)¡apaguen las luces!she wanted to see her name in lights¡luces!the bright lights of the big cityquería ver su nombre en las marquesinas or en letras de neónlanding/navigation lightslas luces de la gran ciudadto go out like a light [colloquial]luces (feminine plural) de aterrizaje/navegación(become unconscious)caer(se) redondo(fall asleep)2.2 (of car, bicycle) dip your lightsdormirse como un troncocaer como piedra (Latin America) [colloquial]2.3pon las cortas or (Chile) las bajasalso: traffic lightdon't shoot/jump the lightsthe lights were against usno te saltes el semáforono te comas la luz roja [colloquial]nos tocaron los semáforos en contra or en rojoExample sentences2.4 (in lighthouse)
- Queuing traffic at the numerous lights in and around the High Street creates more congestion.
- I don't want to drive these things wide open on the street, but we'll run them zero to 60 at the next few lights.
- The look, of course, was no big deal, but the preposterous wheelspinning start as the lights went green certainly was.
- Everything is brightly lit once the UV lights are turned on.
- Fluorescent lights or special grow lamps also work if left on about 14 to 16 hours per day.
- Hang paper chains or other decorations well away from lights or any other source of heat.
- 3 3.1 (aspect) (no plural) to see something/somebody in a good/bad lightI suddenly saw her in a new lightver algo/a alguien con buenos/malos ojosseen in this lightde pronto la vi con otros ojosthis puts matters in a new light, this sheds a new light on mattersvisto asíit didn't show him in a very good/flattering lightesto cambia la perspectiva or el panorama3.2in the light of o (in American English also) in light of (as preposition)no daba una imagen demasiado buena/favorable de éla la luz de
- 4 countable (for igniting) See examples: have you got a light?to put a o set light to something¿tienes fuego?to strike a lightprender fuego a algoencender un fósforo or (Spain) una cerilla or (in Central America, Mexico also) un cerilloExample sentences
- I was nervous and when I get nervous I smoke - too bad I didn't have a light.
- 5also: lights plural5.1 (windows) (Architecture) (sometimes singular) 5.2 (Cookery) 5.3 (beliefs) [dated]by/according to somebody's lightsa/según su ( or mi etc) entenderExample sentences
- The good of human freedom, by European lights, must be weighed against the risk and cost of actually fighting for it.
- He was, by his lights at least, honest with me.
- I think that the president is a basically decent man who is trying to do the best he can according to his lights.
- The opening casements were also taped along the junction between the casement and the opening light.
- Summer cross-ventilation can be obtained through opening lights in the glass wall and the motorized panes of the clerestory.
- Top lights and side windows flood the building with daylight from unexpected angles.
- Well-lit by a triple-light mullion and transom window with wooden surrounds, the landing was given additional light from a dormer window high up in the central gable.
- The windows also show progress in one particular way: they are still mullioned and transomed, but the individual lights are no longer arched.
transitive verb past tense & past participle lighted or lit
- 1 (set alight)Example sentences
- It was peaceful, the street lights were lit and the only noise that could be heard was a dog barking in the distance.
- As he flicked the switch to light the brightly coloured bulbs, an enormous cheer went up from onlookers.
- In later years insurance companies forced the removal of the old candelabras and these were replaced with little electric lights, lighted by a button.
- He pulled out a cigarette, lit it, and walked away from the fire, through the village, and into the forest.
- We both lit our Bic lighters as if we were at a Grateful Dead concert.
- Almost every month my neighbour has a bonfire: last Friday at 9.15 pm he lit one.
- 2also: past tense & past participle lit(illuminate)(room/scene)a dimly/brightly lit streetshe lit the way for him with a flashlightuna calle poco/muy iluminadale alumbró el camino con una linternaExample sentences
- We were both watching TV, the pictures brightly lighting the dark living room.
- Sets are very minimalist but lit to good effect.
- It's cramped, poorly stocked and somehow dimly lit.
intransitive verb past tense & past participle lighted or lit
adjective -er, -est
- 1verb + adverb 1.1
adjective -er, -est
- 1 1.1 (not heavy)(voice)it's lighter than the other onethe film was light on laughspesa menos que el otroes más ligero or (especially Latin America) liviano que el otrowith a light tonela película tenía poco de divertidawith a light heart 1.2 (Cookery)en tono desenfadado(cola/beer) (American English)(menu)light ale 1.3 (Military)de bajo contenido calórico(cavalry/infantry/artillery)
- 2 2.1 (Meteorol)(breeze/wind)light rain a light covering of snow2.2 (sparse) See examples: traffic is light at this timeuna fina capa de nievetrading was light (Finance)a esta hora hay poco tráficothe losses were fairly lighthubo poca actividad en la Bolsa2.3 (not strenuous) 2.4 (not severe)las pérdidas fueron de poca consideración or de poca monta(sentence)
- → light on
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