\ 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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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 On her album Two Eleven, Brandy follows that same idea by suggesting to her mate -- over a similarly lite, breezy groove -- to let their love grow before taking it to the next level. Da'shan Smith, Billboard, "The School of Janet Jackson: Ten Songs From the 21st Century Modeled After Her Classics," 17 May 2018 The final track on Yours Truly opens as an orchestral ballad, then abruptly becomes an EDM-lite banger in the chorus. Richard S. He, Billboard, "Every Ariana Grande Song, Ranked," 27 Apr. 2018 Seemingly, the Tigers would look for a Fulmer-lite return for Castellanos, who is 26 years old and under team control for two more seasons. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' Michael Fulmer, Nick Castellanos swirling in trade rumors," 13 July 2018 Once the restaurant is open, there will be other lite-fare food on the menu along with several varieties of beer on tap as well as non-alcoholic options. Jennie Key,, "Lots of options: West Siders have eat-out options and more are coming," 13 July 2018 But these frustrations have less to do with the ideal of globalization itself than the lite version that politicians have implemented over recent decades. Dambisa Moyo, Time, "The False Promises of Protectionism," 22 May 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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