1 illumination, brightness, daylight, lamplight, candlelight, firelight, gaslight, torchlight, starlight, moonlight, sunlight; gegenschein, counterglow:
There is just enough light for me to read the label.
2 lamp, light-bulb, torch, beacon, lantern, candle, flare, headlight or headlamp, street-light or street lamp, US and Canadian flashlight:
I saw a light in the distance. Someone turned off the lights.
3 radiance, radiation, luminescence, glare, gleam, glow, reflection, luminosity, shine, sparkle, scintillation, incandescence, phosphorescence, fluorescence:
The light of the full moon shone through the window.
4 daybreak, dawn, sunrise, US sun-up:
5 clarification, enlightenment, insight, understanding, elucidation, simplification, explanation:
After an hour's talk with his lawyer, he finally saw the light and confessed. Can you shed a little light on this problem, Robyn?
6 window, window-pane:
The west wall has three windows of six lights each.
7 match, lighter, spill, taper, fire, flame, ignition:
Can you give me a light for my cigarette?
Note the chiaroscuro effect from the lights and shadows in the drawing
9 bring to light. reveal, unearth, find, uncover, unveil, discover, expose, disclose, make known:
A vital fact has recently been brought to light.
10 come to light. be revealed, be unearthed, be uncovered, be unveiled, be discovered, be exposed, be disclosed, appear, come out, turn up, transpire, develop, evolve, emerge:
The truth about her parents has finally come to light.
11 Brit in the light of or US in light of. considering, in view of, in consideration of, taking into account, keeping or bearing in mind:
In the light of his condition, he has decided to pull out of the competition
12 shed or throw (some, a little) light on. explain, elucidate, simplify, clarify:
Perhaps you could throw some light on the reason why she refuses to leave the house.
13 (well-)illuminated, bright, alight, (well-)lit, (well-)lighted, shining, luminous, effulgent, brilliant, beaming, incandescent, phosphorescent, fluorescent:
The lightest room in the house is the kitchen.
14 pale, light-hued:
Put the light blue chair over here.
15 ignite, set alight, set or put a match to, kindle; burn, touch off, set fire to, fire:
It's getting chilly, so you'd better light the fire. When the bomb was in place, they lit the fuse
16 illuminate, light up, lighten, brighten:
Take this candle to light your way to the bedroom.
17 turn on, switch on, put on:
18 light up. lighten, brighten, cheer up, liven up:
The moment she walked in, the whole room lit up. Her face lit up when she saw him.
1 lightweight, portable:
I bought some light garden furniture.
2 underweight, skinny, slight:
Isn't Ted a bit light for his height?
3 faint, dim, obscure, indistinct, unclear, faded, imperceptible:
There is a very light pencil mark on the paper.
4 faint, gentle, mild, slight, delicate, insignificant:
A light breeze rippled the surface of the pool.
5 dainty, graceful, delicate, gentle, slight:
He felt the light brush of her lips on his.
6 not weighty, frivolous, unimportant, insignificant, inconsequential, inconsiderable, trivial, trifling, evanescent, unsubstantial, slight, superficial:
The party was a very light affair.
7 nimble, agile, active, swift, spry, lithe, sprightly, lightsome, light-footed, limber, lissom or lissome:
When dancing, he may be light on his feet, but he's not very light on mine.
8 simple-minded, light-headed, scatterbrained, rattle-brained, bird-brained, feather-brained, hare-brained, flighty, giddy, dizzy, silly, inane, foolish, frivolous, empty-headed, vacant, vacuous, shallow, superficial:
Featherstone is a bit too light in the head to be a good manager.
9 cheerful, happy, gay, sunny, merry, light-hearted, happy-go-lucky, easygoing, joyful, jovial, jolly:
No‰l has written another light drawing-room comedy.
10 easy, not burdensome, endurable, bearable, tolerable, supportable, undemanding, effortless, untaxing, moderate:
After my surgery, I was able to resume light duties at the office. The tax on such a small income is very light. You should take some light exercise every day
11 amusing, entertaining, witty, diverting:
The book hasn't much substance, but it makes good light reading.
12 make light of. dismiss, write off, shrug off; trivialize; ridicule:
The teacher made light of my attempts to play the concerto.
13 alight, land, come or go down, descend, settle; deplane, disembark or debark, detrain, dismount:
The bird was so tame it lighted on my finger.
14 light into. attack, assail, lambaste, assault, pounce or fall on or upon, beat, belabour; abuse, tongue-lash, harangue, upbraid, scold, berate, Colloq lace into; Slang clobber:
He really lit into the challenger in the third round. Her mother lit into her for not doing her homework
15 light on or upon. chance or happen or stumble or hit on or upon, come across, encounter, find, meet up with:
She claimed she lit upon the formula when reading some ancient hieroglyphics.
clear, good | bright, harsh, intense, strong | blinding | full
In full light, you could see Alison was well over forty.
| bad, dim, faint, feeble, murky, poor, uncertain, weak | subdued | failing
We could hardly see the ball in the failing light.
| gentle, pale, soft, watery | mellow, warm | cold, cool
in the cold light of morning
| early | artificial | natural | infrared, ultraviolet
film that is sensitive to ultraviolet light
beam, ray | burst, flash, gleam, glimmer
There was a flash of light followed by an explosion.
| patch, pool
VERB + LIGHT
Have you got enough light for reading?
| generate, produce | cast, emit, give (out), provide, shed
light emitted by a star
| be bathed in | be sensitive to
LIGHT + VERB
gleam, glow, shine | come, fall, pour
Light from a tall lamp fell in a pool on the desk.
The light reflecting off the snow was dazzling.
| grow stronger, increase | fade, fail | blind sb, dazzle sb
We were momentarily blinded by the light of the sun.
| catch sth
You could see the imperfections in the repair when the light caught it.
LIGHT + NOUN
level | source | beam
against the ~
She held up the letter against the light.
| by the ~ of
They managed to see where the door was by the light of the moon.
| into the ~
Bring it into the light and we'll have a look at it.
| in the ~
The place looked calm in the golden evening light.
| ~ from
the light from the kitchen window
(at) the speed of light
Nothing can travel faster than the speed of light.
| a point of light, a source of light
The lamp was the only source of light in the room.
2 sth that produces light
the bright lights of the city
| flashing, twinkling | electric, fluorescent, gas, neon, strip | bedside, ceiling, outside, overhead, wall | street | hazard, security, warning
The car was stopped at the side of the road with its hazard lights flashing. A warning light goes on when the battery is running low.
The pilot could just make out the runway landing lights.
VERB + LIGHT
put on, switch on, turn on | have on
Some cars already had their lights on.
| leave on | extinguish, put off/out, switch off, turn off/out | turn up | dim, turn down | shine
Someone shone a light in my face.
He flashed his lights to warn the oncoming cars.
LIGHT + VERB
be off/on | come on
The warning light came on.
| go out | fuse | gleam, glimmer, glow, shine | flash
The blue light was flashing.
The light flickered a couple of times then went out.
| blind sb, dazzle sb
LIGHT + NOUN switch | fitting > SeeTRAFFIC LIGHTverb
1 make sth begin to burn
VERB + LIGHT
attempt to, try to | pause to, stop to
She paused to light another cigarette.
2 (oftenbe lit) give light to sth
a brightly lit room
| badly, dimly, poorly
a dimly lit street
| brightly, brilliantly | softly | briefly, momentarily
(figurative) A gleam of humour momentarily lit his face.
| suddenly | artificially, electrically | up
There was an explosion and the whole sky lit up.
(figurative) Her face lit up with pleasure. adj
1 not dark
be | become, get, grow
It was starting to get light. As soon as it grew light, we got up and dressed.
We'll set out as soon as it's completely light.
It was almost light outside.
| fairly | enough
It was not light enough to see things clearly.
| still | beautifully
The whole house was beautifully light and airy.
2 not weighing much
be, feel, seem | become
exceptionally, extraordinarily, extremely, very | fairly, quite, reasonably, relatively | enough
The tent is light enough for backpacking and touring.
3 not great in amount/degree
very | comparatively, fairly, quite, relatively
The traffic is usually fairly light in the afternoons.
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