Definition of lightly
- the problem should not be passed over lightly
- —Shelly Halpern
- lightly salted food
He talks lightly about the problems he's been having at work.
She moved lightly across the room.
These vegetables can be eaten either raw or lightly cooked.
Our troops were armed too lightly to take on the heavily armed invaders.
Considering the harm he did, he's gotten off lightly with only a warning.
The judge let her off lightly with a short sentence.
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before 12th century
in a breeze, no sweat [slang], without ado, without a hitch;
: with little weight or force
: without care or concern : in a way that is not serious
: in a quick and graceful way
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investment of mental or emotional energy
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