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lit

\ ˈlit \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

Definition of lit

  • past tense and past participle of light

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lit

noun

Definition of lit

: literature
  • a course in English lit
often used before another noun
  • lit critics
  • lit studies
  • As might be expected, Jude is not your run-of-the-mill lit professor.
  • —John J. O'Connor

Examples of lit in a Sentence

  1. I signed up to take a course in American lit.

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Origin and Etymology of lit

by shortening


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lit

adjective

Definition of lit

: affected by alcohol : drunk

Origin and Etymology of lit

past participle of 3light

lit Synonyms


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lit

abbreviation

Definition of lit

1 liter
2 literal; literally

LIT Defined for Kids

lit

Definition of lit for Students

  • past tense and past participle of light


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