light


light
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noun
1 brightness
ADJECTIVE
clear, good
bright, brilliant, harsh, intense, strong
blinding
full

In full light, you could see Alison was well over forty.

bad, dim, faint, feeble, murky, poor, 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, morning
artificial
natural
infrared, ultraviolet, UV

film that is sensitive to ultraviolet light

white, yellow, etc.
visible
candle (usually candlelight)
… OF LIGHT
beam, ray
burst, flash, gleam, glimmer

There was a flash of light followed by an explosion.

patch, pool
VERB + LIGHT
have

Do you have enough light for reading?

generate, produce
cast, emit, give, give out, provide, shed, shine

light emitted by a star

absorb
reflect
block out
be bathed in
be sensitive to
LIGHT + VERB
gleam, glow, shine
come, fall, pour, stream

Light from a tall lamp fell in a pool on the desk.

fill sth, flood sth
reflect

The light reflecting off the snow was dazzling.

grow stronger, increase
fade, fail, thicken
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.

illuminate sth, light sth, light sth up
LIGHT + NOUN
level
source
beam
therapy
PREPOSITION
against the light

She held up the letter against the light.

by the light of

They managed to see where the door was by the light of the moon.

into the light

Bring it into the light and we'll have a look at it.

in the light

The place looked calm in the golden evening light.

light from

the light from the kitchen window

PHRASES
(the) light at the end of the tunnel (figurative)

For the first time since the start of his treatment, we can now see light at the end of the tunnel.

the light of day (figurative)

Some of his paintings never even saw the light of day.

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(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
ADJECTIVE
bright

the bright lights of the city

blinking, flashing, flickering, twinkling
electric, fluorescent, gas, halogen, low-energy, neon, strip, strobe
bedside, ceiling, outside, overhead, wall
bathroom, landing, porch, etc.
street
security, warning

A warning light goes on when the battery is running low.

brake, fog, hazard, tail

The car was stopped at the side of the road with its hazard lights flashing.

landing

The pilot could just make out the runway landing lights.

disco
VERB + LIGHT
flick on, flip on (AmE), put on, switch on, turn on
have on

Some cars already had their lights on.

keep on, leave on
extinguish, flick off, flip off (AmE), put off, put out, shut off (AmE), switch off, turn off, turn out
turn up
dim, turn down
shine

Someone shone a light in my face.

flash

He flashed his lights to warn the oncoming cars.

LIGHT + VERB
be off, be on
come on, go on

The warning light came on.

go off, go out
dim
fuse
gleam, glimmer, glow, shine
flash

The blue light was flashing.

blink, flicker

The light flickered a couple of times then went out.

blind sb, dazzle sb
LIGHT + NOUN
switch
fitting (BrE), fixture (AmE) (see also light bulb) ⇨ See also ↑traffic light
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verb
1 make sth begin to burn
VERB + LIGHT
attempt to, try to
pause to, stop to

She paused to light another cigarette.

2 (often be lit) give light to sth
ADVERB
well

a well-lit room

badly, barely, dimly, faintly, poorly

a dimly lit street

brightly, brilliantly
softly
briefly

A gleam of pleasure briefly lit his face. (figurative)

immediately, instantly

Stacey's face immediately lit up.

suddenly
up

There was an explosion and the whole sky lit up.

PREPOSITION
by

The room was dark now, lit only by a single candle.

with (figurative)

Her face lit up with pleasure.

Light is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑bulb, ↑candle, ↑fire, ↑flame, ↑flare, ↑flash, ↑glow, ↑lamp, ↑lantern, ↑light, ↑lightning, ↑moon, ↑torch
Light is used with these nouns as the object: ↑bonfire, ↑candle, ↑cigar, ↑cigarette, ↑fire, ↑firework, ↑flame, ↑fuse, ↑gas, ↑incense, ↑lamp, ↑lantern, ↑match, ↑pipe, ↑room, ↑stove, ↑torch
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adj.
1 not dark
VERBS
be
become, get, grow, turn

It was starting to get light.

As soon as it grew light, we got up and dressed.

The sky turned light once more.

remain, stay

It stays light for so long on these summer evenings.

appear

Remember that paint shades appear lighter in full sunlight.

ADVERB
very

All our galleries are very light.

almost

It was almost light outside.

barely

It was barely light yet.

fairly
enough

It was not light enough to see things clearly.

still
2 not weighing much
VERBS
be, feel, seem
become, get
ADVERB
extremely, fairly, very, etc.
reasonably, relatively
enough

The tent is light enough for backpacking and touring.

amazingly, remarkably, surprisingly
strangely, unusually

The bottle felt strangely light between my fingers.

deliciously

a deliciously light alternative to cake

3 not great in amount/degree
VERBS
be
remain

Trading volume remains light.

ADVERB
very
remarkably

The punishment can be remarkably light.

comparatively, fairly, quite, relatively

The traffic is usually fairly light in the afternoons.

Light is used with these nouns: ↑aircraft, ↑ale, ↑armour, ↑banter, ↑batter, ↑beam, ↑beer, ↑blonde, ↑blouse, ↑blow, ↑boot, ↑breakfast, ↑breeze, ↑brown, ↑bulb, ↑casualty, ↑chuckle, ↑clothing, ↑cloud, ↑coat, ↑coating, ↑colour, ↑comedy, ↑complexion, ↑cotton, ↑cruiser, ↑dinner, ↑doze, ↑drinker, ↑drizzle, ↑duty, ↑duvet, ↑engineering, ↑entertainment, ↑exercise, ↑fabric, ↑fall, ↑fare, ↑fitting, ↑fixture, ↑footstep, ↑fragrance, ↑freckle, ↑frost, ↑grey, ↑hair, ↑heart, ↑housework, ↑industry, ↑intensity, ↑jacket, ↑jog, ↑jumper, ↑kiss, ↑knock, ↑laugh, ↑load, ↑lunch, ↑make-up, ↑meal, ↑meter, ↑mist, ↑music, ↑oil, ↑opera, ↑pastry, ↑penalty, ↑penetration, ↑period, ↑plane, ↑pollution, ↑pressure, ↑purple, ↑rail, ↑rain, ↑ray, ↑reading, ↑red, ↑reflection, ↑refreshment, ↑relief, ↑saturation, ↑scratch, ↑sentence, ↑shade, ↑shading, ↑shawl, ↑shoe, ↑shopping, ↑shove, ↑show, ↑shower, ↑signal, ↑skin, ↑slap, ↑sleep, ↑smack, ↑smoker, ↑snack, ↑snow, ↑snowfall, ↑socket, ↑soil, ↑source, ↑spray, ↑steering, ↑step, ↑suitcase, ↑supper, ↑sweat, ↑sweater, ↑switch, ↑tan, ↑tap, ↑texture, ↑tint, ↑tone, ↑touch, ↑traffic, ↑trance, ↑transmission, ↑tread, ↑truck, ↑verse, ↑voice, ↑wave, ↑weapon, ↑weight, ↑wind, ↑wine, ↑wood, ↑work, ↑workout, ↑year

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