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light

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(Entry 1 of 5)

1 the steady giving off of the form of radiation that makes vision possible
  • he read poetry to her by the light of the moon

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3 a person who is widely known and usually much talked about
  • a leading light in the acting profession

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4 the first appearance of light in the morning or the time of its appearance
  • with the coming of light we could see all the damage that the storm had caused

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Synonyms & Antonyms of light (Entry 2 of 5)

1 having little weight
  • the suitcase was as light as a feather after all the clothes were removed

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3 less plentiful than what is normal, necessary, or desirable
  • traffic on the highway seems to be very light today

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4 moving easily
  • the dancer was exceptionally light on her feet

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5 not harsh or stern especially in nature or effect
  • light punishment to fit a minor offense

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6 resembling air in lightness
  • the waves had an especially light foam at their crests because of the strong breeze

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Synonyms & Antonyms of light (Entry 3 of 5)

1 filled with much light
  • the light, airy room is exceptionally cheerful

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3 of light complexion
  • her light skin tends to freckle easily in the sun

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light

verb (1)

Synonyms & Antonyms of light (Entry 4 of 5)

1 to set (something) on fire
  • we lit the kindling before adding the heavier logs

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2 to supply with light
  • the lights from the TV cameras will light this room as though it were high noon

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light

verb (2)

Synonyms & Antonyms of light (Entry 5 of 5)

1 to come to rest after descending from the air
  • the bird lit on the branch and began to sing

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2 to come down from something (as a vehicle)
  • he hurriedly lighted from the bus and started walking up the street

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Frequently Asked Questions About light

How does the adjective light contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of light are easy, effortless, facile, simple, and smooth. While all these words mean "not demanding effort or involving difficulty," light stresses freedom from what is burdensome.

a light teaching load

When is easy a more appropriate choice than light?

In some situations, the words easy and light are roughly equivalent. However, easy is applicable either to persons or things imposing tasks or to activity required by such tasks.

an easy college course

When is it sensible to use effortless instead of light?

The words effortless and light can be used in similar contexts, but effortless stresses the appearance of ease and usually implies the prior attainment of artistry or expertness.

moving with effortless grace

How do facile and easy relate to one another, in the sense of light?

Facile often adds to easy the connotation of undue haste or shallowness.

facile answers to complex questions

When could simple be used to replace light?

The synonyms simple and light are sometimes interchangeable, but simple stresses ease in understanding or dealing with because complication is absent.

a simple problem in arithmetic

Where would smooth be a reasonable alternative to light?

Although the words smooth and light have much in common, smooth stresses the absence or removal of all difficulties, hardships, or obstacles.

a smooth ride

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The first known use of light was before the 12th century

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28 May 2020

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“Light.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/light. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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