Definition of lightly in English:


Line breaks: light¦ly
Pronunciation: /ˈlʌɪtli


  • 2In relatively small amounts or in low density; sparingly: it was snowing lightly
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    • All three facilities, built by the Soviet Union, have been in mothballs or lightly used in recent years.
    • Spoon the batter into a preheated, lightly greased griddle or frying pan.
    • Roll each part on a lightly floured surface into a large rectangle.
  • 3In a way that is not serious or solemn; carelessly: it is not something that should be taken lightly
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    • You have been correct in your assumption, Jane doesnt take things lightly.
    • Such enormous guilt, such responsibility could not be taken lightly.
    • The costs of blocking immigration cannot be lightly dismissed.
  • 4Without severe punishment; leniently: some people are let off lightly
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    • It seems all too often that the evil doers are let off lightly.
    • Park said they were lucky to escape so lightly.
    • Meanwhile those responsible for the workers misery and the trade in human beings seem to get off lightly - once again.

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