lightly

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adverb light·ly \ˈlīt-lē\

Definition of lightly

  1. :  in a light manner: such asa :  with little weight or force :  gentlyb :  with indifference or carelessness :  unconcernedly the problem should not be passed over lightly — Shelly Halpernc :  with little difficulty :  easilyd :  gaily, cheerfullye :  in an agile manner :  nimbly, swiftly the cat leapt lightly onto the tablef :  in a small degree or amount lightly salted food

Examples of lightly in a sentence

  1. He talks lightly about the problems he's been having at work.

  2. She moved lightly across the room.

  3. These vegetables can be eaten either raw or lightly cooked.

  4. Our troops were armed too lightly to take on the heavily armed invaders.

  5. Considering the harm he did, he's gotten off lightly with only a warning.

  6. The judge let her off lightly with a short sentence.

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of lightly

before 12th century




LIGHTLY Defined for English Language Learners

lightly

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adverb light·ly \ˈlīt-lē\

Definition of lightly for English Language Learners

  • : 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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