light

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light is part of the Basic English 850.
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light is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
light

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Singular
light

Plural
lights

  1. (uncountable) The energy that our eyes sense is light.
    And dance by the light of the moon. --Buffalo Gals, American folksong
  2. (countable) If someone talks about a light, he or she means something bright that can be seen.
    The lights of the city shine all over the valley.
    When you leave the room, turn off the light.

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Adjective[change]

Positive
light

Comparative
lighter

Superlative
lightest

  1. Something that is light in color is close to white.
    The morning sky was very light.
  2. Something that is light in weight does not weigh much.
    I lifted her easily because she was so light.
  3. Light may also mean that something is not serious.
    The light bruise on my leg didn't hurt much.
    I enjoy light comedy, where lots of funny things happen.

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Verb[change]

Plain form
light

Third-person singular
lights

Past tense
lighted

Past participle
lighted

Present participle
lighting

Plain form
light

Third person singular
lights

Simple past
lit

Past participle
lit

Present participle
lighting

  1. (transitive & intransitive) If someone lights a fire, the fire starts to burn.
    Let's light the wood in the fireplace.
    The match lit and I could see around me.
  2. (transitive) Something that lights a place makes it less dark.
    The moon lighted the forest path.

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