\ ˈlīt How to pronounce lite (audio) \

Definition of lite

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : light entry 4 sense 9a lite beer lite salad dressing
2 : diminished or lacking in substance or seriousness lite news specifically : being an innocuous or unthreatening version often used postpositively it is film noir lite — James Greenberg

Definition of -lite (Entry 2 of 2)

: mineral rhodolite : rock aerolite : fossil stromatolite

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The 6-foot-6, 345-pound tackle has gone through lite workouts on the Bengals’ medical field this week at practice. Tyler Dragon,, "Cincinnati Bengals LT Cordy Glenn (concussion) ruled out versus Seattle Seahawks," 6 Sep. 2019 Magnus has built a database of more than 10 million images of art, mostly crowdsourced, and aims to help prospective art buyers navigate the notoriously information-lite arena of galleries and fairs. Sophie Haigney, New York Times, "Wondering Who Did That Painting? There’s an App (or Two) for That," 11 Sep. 2019 Later, companies advertised filters, low tar cigarettes, and lite, mild, or ultra-lite products, all of which promised to reduce risk and none of which actually did. Wired, "FDA Says Juul Can't Claim to Be Safer Than Cigarettes," 9 Sep. 2019 Adding a mafia-lite dimension to Nigeria's already poor global image risks turning Nigerians into international pariahs, which is bad news for a country that is highly dependent on remittances. David Hundeyin, CNN, "Opinion: FBI fraud busts dent Nigeria's global reputation," 29 Aug. 2019 As India’s music-streaming space gets saturated with local and international players such as Gaana, YouTube Music, and JioSaavn, a lite app could help Spotify onboard more users. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Spotify takes the Lite route to navigate India’s patchy internet," 9 July 2019 This time around it’s Transistor, Supergiant’s cyberpunk tactics-lite game. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Lego Star Wars returns, Ubisoft gives away Assassin's Creed: Unity after Notre Dame fire," 15 Apr. 2019 This liberal-lite platform failed to win over independents or energize conservatives to overcome huge Democratic turnout in the blue bastions of Madison and Milwaukee. Allysia Finley, WSJ, "A Big Night for Democrats, but Not Progressives," 7 Nov. 2018 Having more ports of retro games or lite versions of popular games would make gaming on the iPad Pro more universal. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "The iPad Pro isn’t an Xbox competitor, even with console-like specs," 31 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of lite


1962, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lite

Noun combining form

French, alteration of -lithe, from Greek lithos stone

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English Language Learners Definition of lite

US : containing fewer calories or less fat than usual


Medical Definition of lite

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