Lightly definition

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With little difficulty; easily.
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In a light manner.

As a teacher, I don't take rudeness in class lightly.

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To a slight extent or amount.

Apply paint lightly.

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With agility and grace; nimbly.
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In a carefree manner; cheerfully.

Took the news lightly.

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Without sufficient care or consideration; indifferently.

Treated the situation much too lightly.

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(obs.) With ease; readily.
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With indifference or neglect.
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So as to slight.
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With little weight, pressure, or motion; gently.
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To a small degree or amount.

To spend lightly.

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Nimbly; deftly.
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Cheerfully; merrily.
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With little or no reason.
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With little or no punishment.

To let someone off lightly.

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With little weight or force; gently.
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take lightly
  • to regard or treat as unimportant, slight, easy, etc.
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Origin of lightly

  • light +"Ž -ly

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