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light 1

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

noun

  • 1 uncountable (illumination) a ray of light light and shade
    luz y sombra
    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 (Bible) (to be) the light of somebody's life
    (ser) la niña de los ojos de alguien
    to bring something to light to come to light to hide one's light under a bushel
    ser modesto
    to see the light
    abrir los ojos
    comprender las cosas
    (Religion)
    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) 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 something
    arrojar luz sobre algo
    (before noun) light waves
    ondas (feminine plural) luminosas
    Example sentences
    • LEDs are made of semiconductor chips and emit light when a current passes through them.
    • Stockholm is beautiful in the mornings, the golden light glinting off the buildings.
    • Dark clothes don't glow because the dark pigments absorb the UV light.
  • 2 countable 2.1 (source of light) to turn the light off to turn the light on
    encender or ( (Latin America) tb) prender or ( (Spain) tb) dar la luz
    shine the light over here
    enfoca or alumbra aquí
    lights out!
    ¡apaguen las luces!
    lights! (Cinema, Theater)
    ¡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 (feminine plural) de aterrizaje/navegación
    to go out like a light [colloquial]
    (become unconscious) caer(se) redondo
    (fall asleep) dormirse como un tronco
    caer como piedra (Latin America) [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    2.2 (of car, bicycle) dip your lights
    pon las cortas or (Chile) las bajas
    2.3
    also: traffic light
    don't shoot/jump the lights
    no te saltes el semáforo
    no te comas la luz roja [colloquial]
    the lights were against us
    nos tocaron los semáforos en contra or en rojo
    Example sentences
    • 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)
  • 3 3.1 (aspect) (no plural) to see something/somebody in a good/bad light
    ver algo/a alguien 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 ( (American English) also) in light of (as preposition)
    a la luz de
    en vista de
  • 4 countable (for igniting) have you got a light?
    ¿tienes fuego?
    to put a o set light to something
    prender fuego a algo
    to strike a light
    encender un fósforo or (Spain) una cerilla or ( (Central America) , (Mexico) tb) un cerillo
    Example sentences
    • I was nervous and when I get nervous I smoke - too bad I didn't have a light.
  • 5
    also: lights plural
    5.1 (windows) (Architecture) (sometimes singular)
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    5.2 (Cookery) 5.3 (beliefs) [dated]by/according to somebody's lights
    a/según su ( or mi etc) entender
    Example 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.
  • 6 6.1 uncountable (low-calorie beer) (American English)
    cerveza (feminine) light or de bajo contenido calórico
    6.2 countable (cigarette)
    cigarrillo (masculine) light or de bajo contenido en alquitrán
    6.3 uncountable (light ale) (British English) [colloquial]

transitive verb past tense & past participle lighted or lit

  • 1 (set alight)
    (fire/lamp/heater/cigarette)
    encender
    prender
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 2
    past tense & past participle 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
    Example 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

  • (wood/fire/match/cigarette)
    encenderse
    prender
    Example sentences
    • Mr Griffiths was sucking hopefully at his pipe, which had refused to light properly.
    • However, the four managed to overpower the man and retrieve the lighter before it lit.
    • It took three goes to get the cigarette to light, as my hands were shaking.
    Example sentences
    • He fished a pipe out of his pocket, lit it up, and began to smoke.
    • She got out her last cigarette and lit it up as she walked away.
    • When I see people struggling to light their smokes up in a stinking back alley in the dead of winter, in the rain, I really can't see that is their little pleasure time.

adjective -er, -est

  • 1 (pale)
    (green/brown)
    claro
    Example sentences
    • The walls were a dark jade color here, the tile a light tan covered with crimson matting.
    • The streets of the city were cobble stones, and most of the buildings made of a light gray stone or wood.
    • The screen turned light purple and a single folder appeared in the middle of the screen.
  • 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
    Example sentences
    • If it is sufficiently light outside to tell a white thread from a black thread then one should be fasting.
    • The closer one is to the North Pole, the longer the dark or light period is.
    • The seeds were then grown in vermiculite at 30°C under dark or light conditions.

Phrasal verbs

light up

past tense & past participle lit
1verb + adverb 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)
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 2.1
(face)
iluminar
2.2 (illuminate) the streets were all lit up
las calles estaban todas iluminadas
2.3
(cigar/pipe)
encender
prender

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light 2
American English: /laɪt/
British English: /lʌɪt/

adjective -er, -est

  • 1 1.1 (not heavy)
    (load/fabric)
    ligero
    liviano (esp (Latin America) )
    (voice)
    suave
    it's lighter than the other one
    pesa menos que el otro
    es más ligero or (esp (Latin America) ) 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
    Example sentences
    • Wrap the dish in clingfilm and place in the fridge with a light weight on top for an hour or so, to allow the flavours to mingle before serving.
    • The large, sixteen-inch light alloy wheels add to the sporty dynamics of the car.
    • He worked on light metal alloys and the electrolytic production of potassium and sodium.
    Example sentences
    • Penn keeps the tone of the film extremely light, as the action effortlessly hops between Florida and Beverly Hills.
    • The first part of the story ends at a very natural point in the story, and on a suitably light moment.
    • All day, there are thoughts both weighty and light dancing through my head.
    1.2 (Cookery)
    (meal/breakfast)
    ligero
    liviano (esp (Latin America) )
    (pastry/cake)
    ligero
    liviano (esp (Latin America) )
    (cola/beer) (American English)
    light invariable adjective
    (menu)
    de bajo contenido calórico
    light ale
    Example sentences
    • Here, cooks will prepare a light meal of mixed salad, tinned cold fish or meat, bread and cheese and fruit.
    • It was light and tasty, but rather deficient in the garlic stakes.
    • Prawn risotto with dill and creme fraiche had all the promise of a light but punchy starter.
    Example sentences
    • It was white, fleshy and not oily, cooked in a light batter and served with a white cream sauce and mushrooms.
    • Each doctor that saw her said something different about her diet; food, no food, light diet; no food!
    • Adding some light dairy products to a smart diet was first seen as a way to lower blood pressure.
    Example sentences
    • Pale green in the glass, with golden highlights, this is a soft, light wine with attractive floral notes.
    • Schiava grapes are found in most of the non-varietal light red wines of Trentino-Alto Adige.
    • I took a seat on a high barstool amongst the quiet and serious four and ordered half a pint of light ale for the golden pound I had had in my right pocket.
    Example sentences
    • Cream the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy, then add the beaten egg a little at a time while continuing to work.
    • The pastry was crisp and light and the salad was the kind where you wanted to eat every scrap.
    • The sticky toffee pudding had a light sponge and moreish caramel sauce, all of which disappeared fast.
    1.3 (Military)
    (cavalry/infantry/artillery)
    ligero
    Example sentences
    • The pace of light infantry is limited to the speed of a soldier on foot.
    • Traces of the modus operandi of the light infantry of old still live on amidst special forces such as the SAS.
    • Sniper units are similar to the light infantry units but they operate in smaller teams.
  • 2 2.1 (Meteorology)
    (breeze/wind)
    suave
    light rain a light covering of snow
    una fina capa de nieve
    Example sentences
    • He'd walked her home through the light, early summer rain that was falling on the city.
    • We had run into pretty light resistance, and we had pushed out a couple of thousand yards.
    • It could carry 118,000 barrels of light oil products such as gasoline and heating oil.
    2.2 (sparse) traffic is light at this time
    a esta hora hay poco tráfico
    trading was light (Finance)
    hubo poca actividad en la Bolsa
    the losses were fairly light
    las pérdidas fueron de poca consideración or de poca monta
    2.3 (not strenuous)
    (work/duties)
    ligero
    liviano (esp (Latin America) )
    Example sentences
    • Are they working to review the light sentence that has been handed out?
    • But suggest a bit of light housework and he's all feral snarls and pulling rank.
    • Sit up, do light housework, or take a walk until your body has had a chance to digest.
    2.4 (not severe)
    (sentence)
    leve
  • 3 (not serious)
    (music/comedy/reading)
    ligero
    a program of light entertainment
    un programa de variedades
    to make light of something
    quitarle or restarle importancia a algo
    Example sentences
    • Anyone seeking a little light reading had better steer clear of this book.
    • None of the inherent whimsy is lost and the film remains an incredibly moving but suitably light piece.
    • Wavell had, it seems, an interest both in light fiction and serious history.

adverb

  • to travel light
    viajar con el mínimo de equipaje

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light 3
American English: /laɪt/
British English: /lʌɪt/

intransitive verb

Phrasal verbs

light into

past tense & past participle lit
verb + preposition + object (American English)
[colloquial]
arremeter contra
Example sentences
  • One student said something to the effect of ‘everyone calm down’ and then Zack lit into that guy.
  • He lit into the head of his National Security Forces.
  • The magazine gleefully lit into its competitors in its May 14 issue, but it makes its own share of blunders.

light on

past tense & past participle lit
verb + preposition + object
[colloquial]
Example sentences
  • The sunlight struck upon my face and my eyes lit upon the white and sandy shores of France.
  • He turned to go home; but even as he turned, his eye lit upon a figure behind a tree.
  • Upon arriving in Sonoma, she lit upon the idea of launching a high-end home store where she could combine both her passions under one roof.

light out

past tense & past participle lit
verb + adverb (American English)
[colloquial]
largarse [colloquial]
mandarse a cambiar (Andes) or (River Plate area) a mudar [colloquial]
Example sentences
  • Janie then lit out of the house with her shotgun, telling Pa she was off to find Lyddie June.
  • MacAdams, a white poet and journalist from Texas who lit out for the cool of New York, is part of it too.
  • We are a society of people who light out for the territory when problems come along.

light upon

light on

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