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light

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of light

  1. 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> Synonyms blaze, flare, fluorescence, glare, gleam, glow, illumination, incandescence, luminescence, radiance, shine Related Words flash, glimmer, glint, glitter, scintillation, shimmer, sparkle, twinkle; daylight, moonlight, sunlight, sunshine; afterglow, aureole (or aureola), aurora, beam, halo, ray, shaft, streak, stream, sunbeam; glisten, gloss, luster (or lustre), polish, reflection, sheen Near Antonyms blackness, dark, darkness, dimness, dusk, duskiness, gloom, night, shadow

  2. 2 something that provides illumination <turn off the light when you go to bed> Synonyms beacon, illuminant, lamp Related Words arc lamp (also arc light), candelabra, candelabrum, candle, chandelier, dark lantern, electric, flare, flash, flashbulb, flashcube, flashlight, floodlight, fluorescent lamp, gaslight, gasolier, girandole, headlight, incandescent lamp, klieg light (or kleig light), lantern, light bulb, lighthouse, lighting, sconce, spotlight, streetlight, sun lamp

  3. 3 a person who is widely known and usually much talked about <a leading light in the acting profession> Synonyms big name, cause célèbre (also cause celebre), celeb, figure, icon (also ikon), celebrity, luminary, megastar, name, notability, notable, notoriety, personage, personality, somebody, standout, star, superstar, VIPRelated Words favorite, heartthrob, hero, idol; demigod, dignitary, eminence, immortal, monument, pillar, worthy; baron, big shot, bigwig, kahuna, magnate, mogul, nabob, panjandrumNear Antonyms lightweight, mediocrity; has-beenAntonyms nobody, noncelebrity

  4. 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> Synonyms aurora, cockcrow, dawning, day, daybreak, daylight, dawn, morn, morning, sun, sunrise, sunupRelated Words daytime; forenoonNear Antonyms dark, darkness, midnight, night, nighttime; afternoon, midday; dusk, evening, eventide, gloaming, twilightAntonyms nightfall, sundown, sunset


light

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of light

  1. 1 having little weight <the suitcase was as light as a feather after all the clothes were removed> Synonyms featherlight, feathery, lightweight, underweight, weightless Related Words bantam, diminutive, little, minute, puny, small, smallish, tiny, undersized (also undersize), wee; flimsy, fragile, insubstantial; petite, slender, slight, slim, thin Near Antonyms big, considerable, extensive, goodly, great, handsome, huge, hulking, jumbo, king-size (or king-sized), large, largish, massive, overscale (or overscaled), oversize (or oversized), sizable (or sizeable), substantial, super, voluminous, whacking; bulky, cumbersome, unwieldy Antonyms heavy, hefty, leaden, overweight, ponderous, weighty

  2. 2 involving minimal difficulty or effort <a little light work was all it took to straighten up the room> Synonyms cheap, downhill, effortless, facile, fluent, fluid, hands-down, light, painless, ready, royal, simple, smooth, snap, softRelated Words idiotproof, mindless, quick, straightforward, unchallenging, uncomplicated; apparent, clear, clear-cut, distinct, evident, manifest, obvious, open-and-shut, palpable, patent, perspicuous, plain, transparent, unambiguous, unequivocal, unmistakableNear Antonyms burdensome, exhausting, onerous, oppressive, painful, stressful, taxing, troublesome; abstruse, complex, complicated, intricate, involved, knotty, problematic (also problematical), reconditeAntonyms arduous, demanding, difficult, exacting, formidable, grueling (or gruelling), hard, herculean, killer, labored, laborious, murderous, rough, severe, stiff, strenuous, toilful, toilsome, tough

  3. 3 less plentiful than what is normal, necessary, or desirable <traffic on the highway seems to be very light today> Synonyms exiguous, hand-to-mouth, light, niggardly, poor, scant, scanty, scarce, skimp, skimpy, slender, slim, spare, sparing, sparse, stingyRelated Words deficient, inadequate, insufficient, lacking, short, wanting; bare, bare-bones; least, littlest, lowest, mere, minimal, slightest; slight, small, thin; barren, infertile, sterile, unfruitful, unproductiveNear Antonyms adequate, enough, satisfactory, sufficient, tolerable; fat, fecund, fertile, fruitful, prolific, rich; lavish, luxuriant; blooming, bursting, flourishing, proliferative, swarming, teeming, thriving; excess, extra, surplusAntonyms abundant, ample, bountiful, copious, generous, liberal, plenteous, plentiful

  4. 4 moving easily <the dancer was exceptionally light on her feet> Synonyms agile, featly, feline, gracile, light, light-footed (also light-foot), lightsome, lissome (also lissom), lithe, lithesome, nimble, spryRelated Words acrobatic, flexible, limber, loose-jointed, pliable, pliant, supple; adroit, deft, dexterous (also dextrous), light-fingered; fleet-footed, sure-footed; athletic, balletic, coordinatedNear Antonyms uncoordinated; inflexible, rigid, stiff; bungling, inept, maladroitAntonyms awkward, clumsy, gawky, graceless, klutzy, lumbering, ungainly, ungraceful

  5. 5 not harsh or stern especially in nature or effect <light punishment to fit a minor offense> Synonyms balmy, benign, bland, delicate, light, mellow, mild, nonabrasive, soft, soothing, tenderRelated Words calm, pacific, peaceful, placid, quiet, serene, tranquil; clement, compassionate, easy, lenient, merciful; buffering, cushioning, emollient, softening; sleek, slick, smoothNear Antonyms exquisite, fierce, intense, powerful, severe; forceful, forcible, savage, violent; roughened, rugged, strong; abrading, irritating, roughening; grim, gruff, rude, stiff; heavy-handed, oppressive, pitiless, tyrannical (also tyrannic)Antonyms abrasive, caustic, coarse, hard, harsh, rough, scathing, stern, ungentle

  6. 6 resembling air in lightness <the waves had an especially light foam at their crests because of the strong breeze> Synonyms ethereal, fluffy, gossamer, gossamery, lightRelated Words cobwebby, dainty, delicate, diaphanous, downy, feathery, flimsy, gauzelike, gauzy, insubstantial, tender, wispy; buoyant, lighter-than-air, lightweight, rarefied, unsubstantial, vaporous, weightless; cumulous, pillowyNear Antonyms firm, solid, substantial; bulky, burdensome, cumbersome, hefty, hulking, lumpish, ponderous, unwieldy, weightyAntonyms heavy, leaden


light

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of light

  1. 1 filled with much light <the light, airy room is exceptionally cheerful> Synonyms ablaze, alight, brightened, illuminated, illumined, light, lightsome, lit (or lighted)Related Words floodlit (also floodlighted), highlighted, spotlighted (or spotlit); ignited, kindled; moonlit, shiny, sunlit, sunny, sunshinyNear Antonyms gloomy, somber (or sombre), sunless; cloudy, murky, obscured, shadowlike, shadowy; gray (also grey), leaden, pale; lightproofAntonyms blackened, dark, darkened, darkish, darkling, dimmed, dusk, dusky, lightless, pitch-black, pitch-dark, tenebrous, unlit

  2. 2 lacking intensity of color <we painted the walls a light blue> Synonyms dull, dulled, faded, light, pastel, washed-out, washyRelated Words flat, lackluster, lusterless, matte (also mat or matt); dim, faint; dirty, muddy; achromatic, colorless, uncolored, undyed, unpainted, unstained; blanched, bleached, washed, white, whitened; gray (also grey), indistinct, neutralNear Antonyms bright, brilliant, vibrant, vivid; chromatic, colored, dyed, painted, stained, tinged, tinted; colorful, motley, multicolored, polychromatic, polychrome, prismatic, rainbow, varicolored, variegated; flashy, garish, gaudy, loud, showy, splashyAntonyms dark, deep, gay, rich

  3. 3 of light complexion <her light skin tends to freckle easily in the sun> Synonyms lightRelated Words ashen, ashy, pale, paled, palish, pallid, pasty, peaked, peaky, sallow, sallowish, wan, whiteAntonyms black, brunet (or brunette), dark, swart, swarthy


light

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of light

  1. 1 to set (something) on fire <we lit the kindling before adding the heavier logs> Synonyms enkindle, fire, ignite, inflame (also enflame), kindle, light, torchRelated Words immolate; deflagrate; char, frizzle, scorch; bake, broil, cook; ash, cremate, incinerate, kiln; set off; brighten, illuminate, illumine, irradiate, lighten, radiate; scald, scathe, sear; reignite, rekindle, relight; bank, stokeNear Antonyms choke, smother, suffocate; stamp (out); blacken, darken, dim, dull, obscureAntonyms douse (also dowse), extinguish, put out, quench, snuff (out)

  2. 2 to supply with light <the lights from the TV cameras will light this room as though it were high noon> Synonyms bathe, beacon, emblaze, illume, illumine, irradiate, light, lightenRelated Words brighten; beam, beat (down), radiate, shine; enhalo, halo; floodlight; highlight, spotlight; blaze, burn, fire, flame, glare, glow, ignite, incinerate, kindle; bedazzle, blind, daze, dazzle; gleam, glisten, glitterNear Antonyms dim, dull, obscure; cover, shroud, veil; douse (also dowse), extinguish, put out, quench, snuff (out)Antonyms blacken, darken, obfuscate


light

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of light

  1. 1 to come to rest after descending from the air <the bird lit on the branch and began to sing> Synonyms land, light, perch, roost, settle, touch downRelated Words belly-land, crash-landNear Antonyms arise, ascend, climb, rise; float, fly, glide, plane, soar, wing; hang, hoverAntonyms blast off, take off

  2. 2 to come down from something (as a vehicle) <he hurriedly lighted from the bus and started walking up the street> Synonyms descend, disembark, dismount, get down, lightRelated Words deplane, detrainNear Antonyms board, climb (aboard), get in, mount; enplane (also emplane), entrainAntonyms embark


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