There are 4 translations of light in Spanish:

light1

Pronunciation: /laɪt/

n

  • 1 u luz (f) a ray of light un rayo de luz light and shade luz y sombra [Art] claroscuro (m) artificial/natural light luz artificial/natural by the light of the moon/a candle a la luz de la luna/una vela you shouldn't read in this light no deberías leer con esta luz hold it up to the light ponlo al trasluz or a contraluz you're standing in my light me tapas or me quitas la luz, me haces sombra bring it into the light tráelo a la luz while the light lasts mientras haya luz in o by the cold light of day it didn't seem such a good idea al pensarlo mejor or en frío, no parecía tan buena idea at first light al clarear (el día), con las primeras luces let there be light [Bib] hágase la luz (to be) the light of sb's life (ser*) la niña de los ojos de algn to bring sth to light sacar* algo a la luz to come to light salir* a la luz to hide one's light under a bushel ser* modesto to see the light abrir* los ojos, comprender las cosas [Relig] ver* la luz to see (the) light at the end of the tunnel vislumbrar el fin de sus ( or mis etc) problemas, ir* saliendo del túnel to see the light (of day) ver* la luz (del día) he first saw the light of day in April, 1769 nació or vino al mundo en el mes de abril de 1769 to throw o cast o shed light on sth arrojar luz sobre algo (before n) light meter fotómetro (m) light waves ondas (fpl) luminosas
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    • 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 c 2.1 (source of light) luz (f); (lamp) lámpara (f) to turn the light off apagar* la luz to turn the light on encender* or (AmL tb) prender or (Esp tb) dar* la luz shine the light over here enfoca or alumbra aquí lights out! ¡apaguen las luces! lights! [Cin] [Theat] ¡luces! she wanted to see her name in lights quería ver su nombre en las marquesinas or en letras de neón the bright lights of the big city las luces de la gran ciudad landing/navigation lights luces (fpl) de aterrizaje/navegación warning light señal (f) luminosa to go out like a light [colloquial/familiar] (become unconscious) caer(se)* redondo (fall asleep) dormirse* como un tronco, caer* como piedra (AmL) [familiar/colloquial] (before n) light switch interruptor (m) 2.2 (of car, bicycle) luz (f) dip your lights pon las cortas or (Chi) las bajas brake lights luces de frenado 2.3
    (traffic light)
    semáforo (m) don't shoot/jump the lights no te saltes el semáforo, no te comas la luz roja [familiar/colloquial] the lights were against us nos tocaron los semáforos en contra or en rojo
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    • 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.
    2.4 (in lighthouse) faro (m)
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    • 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 pl) to see sth/sb in a good/bad light ver* algo/a algn con buenos/malos ojos I suddenly saw her in a new light de pronto la vi con otros ojos seen in this light visto así this puts matters in a new light, this sheds a new light on matters esto cambia la perspectiva or el panorama it didn't show him in a very good/flattering light no daba una imagen demasiado buena/favorable de él 3.2in the light of o (AmE also) in light of (as prep) a la luz de, en vista de
  • 4 c (for igniting) have you got a light? ¿tienes fuego? to put a o set light to sth prender fuego a algo to strike a light encender* un fósforo or (Esp) una cerilla or (AmC, Méx tb) un cerillo
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    • I was nervous and when I get nervous I smoke - too bad I didn't have a light.
  • 5
    (lights pl)
    5.1 (windows) [Archit] (sometimes sing) luces (fpl) 5.2 [Culin] pulmón (m) 5.3 (beliefs) [dated] by/according to sb's lights a/según su ( or mi etc) entender
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
  • 6 6.1 u (low-calorie beer) (AmE) cerveza (f) light or de bajo contenido calórico 6.2 c (cigarette) cigarrillo (m) light or de bajo contenido en alquitrán 6.3 u (light ale) (BrE) [colloquial/familiar], cerveza (f) rubia

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Word of the day aglomeración
f
se produjo una aglomeración en torno a la estrella = a crowd gathered around the star …
Cultural fact of the day

La movida madrileña is an expression referring to the Madrid social and cultural scene of the late 1970s and early 1980s, and the people involved in it. It was a youth phenomenon based around night spots in the city, such as the now defunct club Rock-Ola. One of the leading lights of the movida was the movie director Pedro Almodóvar.

There are 4 translations of light in Spanish:

light2

adj (-er, -est)

  • 1 1.1 (not heavy) [load/fabric] ligero, liviano (esp AmL) ; [voice] suave it's lighter than the other one pesa menos que el otro, es más ligero or (esp AmL) liviano que el otro the film was light on laughs la película tenía poco de divertida with a light tone en tono desenfadado with a light heart tranquilo [Culin] [meal/breakfast] ligero, liviano (esp AmL) ; [pastry/cake] ligero, liviano (esp AmL) ; [cola/beer] (AmE) light (adj inv); [menu] de bajo contenido calórico light ale cerveza (f) rubia [Mil] [cavalry/infantry/artillery] ligero 1.2 [Meteo] [breeze/wind] suave light rain llovizna (f) a light covering of snow una fina capa de nieve (sparse) traffic is light at this time a esta hora hay poco tráfico trading was light [Fin] hubo poca actividad en la Bolsa the losses were fairly light las pérdidas fueron de poca consideración or de poca monta (not strenuous) [work/duties] ligero, liviano (esp AmL) (not severe) [sentence] leve 1.3 (not serious) [music/comedy/reading] ligero a program of light entertainment un programa de variedades to make light of sth quitarle or restarle importancia a algo
  • 2 2.1 (pale) [green/brown] claro 2.2 (bright) it gets light very early these days ahora amanece or aclara muy temprano it's already light ya es de día, ya está claro white paint makes a room look lighter la pintura blanca le da más luz a una habitación

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Word of the day aglomeración
f
se produjo una aglomeración en torno a la estrella = a crowd gathered around the star …
Cultural fact of the day

La movida madrileña is an expression referring to the Madrid social and cultural scene of the late 1970s and early 1980s, and the people involved in it. It was a youth phenomenon based around night spots in the city, such as the now defunct club Rock-Ola. One of the leading lights of the movida was the movie director Pedro Almodóvar.

There are 4 translations of light in Spanish:

light3

adv

  • to travel light viajar con el mínimo de equipaje

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Word of the day aglomeración
f
se produjo una aglomeración en torno a la estrella = a crowd gathered around the star …
Cultural fact of the day

La movida madrileña is an expression referring to the Madrid social and cultural scene of the late 1970s and early 1980s, and the people involved in it. It was a youth phenomenon based around night spots in the city, such as the now defunct club Rock-Ola. One of the leading lights of the movida was the movie director Pedro Almodóvar.

There are 4 translations of light in Spanish:

light4

vt (past & past p lighted or , lit)

  • 1 (set alight) [fire/lamp/heater/cigarette] encender*, prender
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    • 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.
  • 2
    (past & past p lit)
    (illuminate) [room/scene] iluminar a dimly/brightly lit street una calle poco/muy iluminada she lit the way for him with a flashlight le alumbró el camino con una linterna
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    • 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.

vi (past & past p lighted or , lit)

  • [wood/fire/match/cigarette] encenderse*, prender
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    • 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.

Phrasal verbs

light into

(past & past p lit v + prep + o)
(AmE)
[colloquial/familiar] arremeter contra

light on

(past & past p lit v + prep + o)
[colloquial/familiar] dar* con

light out

(past & past p lit v + adv)
(AmE)
[colloquial/familiar] largarse* [familiar/colloquial], mandarse a cambiar (Andes) or (RPl) a mudar [familiar/colloquial]

light up

(past & past p lit)
v + adv 1.1 [eyes/face] iluminarse his face lit up se le iluminó la cara 1.2 (smoke) he settled back in his chair and lit up se arrellanó en el sillón y encendió or prendió un cigarrillo ( or su pipa etc) 1.1v + o + adv, v + adv + o 2.1 [face] iluminar 2.2 (illuminate) iluminar the streets were all lit up las calles estaban todas iluminadas 2.3 [cigar/pipe] encender*, prender

light upon

light on

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Word of the day aglomeración
f
se produjo una aglomeración en torno a la estrella = a crowd gathered around the star …
Cultural fact of the day

La movida madrileña is an expression referring to the Madrid social and cultural scene of the late 1970s and early 1980s, and the people involved in it. It was a youth phenomenon based around night spots in the city, such as the now defunct club Rock-Ola. One of the leading lights of the movida was the movie director Pedro Almodóvar.