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light1

 
 
pronunciation:
laIt
parts of speech:
noun, adjective, transitive verb, intransitive verb
phrases:
see the light, light off
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: electromagnetic radiation, esp. from the sun, that enables one to see objects.
 
synonyms:
daylight, fluorescence, illumination, incandescence, luster, sunlight
similar words:
brilliance, glare, illuminance, moonlight, morning, phosphorescence, radiance, shine, sunshine
definition 2: any source of illumination, such as a lamp, or the illumination thus produced.
You need more lights in this room.Why don't you read over here in the light?
 
synonyms:
beam, bulk, candle, firelight, flame, flashlight, gaslight, illumination, lamp, lantern, ray, spotlight, sunbeam, sunlight, torch
antonyms:
darkness, shade
similar words:
aurora, beacon, daylight, glare, glow, luminary, luster, match, phosphorescence
definition 3: dawn or daytime.
synonyms:
dawn, daybreak, daylight, daytime, first light, morning, sunrise
antonyms:
dark, nighttime
similar words:
aurora, sunlight, sunup
definition 4: something that clarifies or makes more visible or understandable.
His talk cast light on the subject.
synonyms:
edification, elucidation
similar words:
enlightenment, insight, understanding
definition 5: the way in which something is regarded.
I now see her in a new light.
synonyms:
angle, aspect, frame of reference, point of view, standpoint
similar words:
attitude, consideration, side, slant, viewpoint
definition 6: mental or spiritual illumination.
synonyms:
edification, enlightenment, illumination
antonyms:
darkness
similar words:
insight, understanding
definition 7: one who is looked to as an example.
synonyms:
beau ideal, exemplar, ideal, inspiration, model
similar words:
beacon, example, luminary, paragon
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phrase: see the light
 
part of speech: adjective
inflections: lighter, lightest
definition 1: being illuminated.
In the summer, the sky stays light in the evening.
synonyms:
aglow, alight, luminous, radiant
antonyms:
dark
similar words:
bright, burning, incandescent, luminary, moonlit, shining, sunlit, sunny
definition 2: pale in color.
Both her children have light hair.
synonyms:
fair, pale, pallid, white
antonyms:
dark
similar words:
blond, blonde, colorless, faded, neutral, pastel
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: lights, lighting, lighted, lit
definition 1: to cause to catch on fire; ignite.
Why don't we light a fire?
synonyms:
burn, fire, ignite, kindle
antonyms:
extinguish
similar words:
inflame, set fire to
definition 2: to make brighter; provide with light; illuminate.
They lit the garden with beautiful lanterns.
synonyms:
brighten, illuminate
antonyms:
darken
similar words:
floodlight, incandesce, lighten
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to become ignited; catch fire.
These dry logs will light more easily.
synonyms:
catch, catch fire, ignite, kindle, torch
similar words:
fire, spark
definition 2: to become illuminated (often fol. by up).
synonyms:
brighten, illuminate
antonyms:
darken
similar words:
coruscate, glimmer, glow, incandesce, lighten, shimmer
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phrase: light off
Word Builder: light +
  • lighter:
    a small device that makes a flame. You use it to make something start to burn.
  • lighting:
    lamps and other things that give light.
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some descriptions of light
some forms of light
some negative effects of light
some sources of light
some things that produce light
some things that use or involve light
some units for measuring light