Definition of light verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    light

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//laɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//laɪt//
     
    Lighted is also used for the past tense and past participle, especially in front of nouns.Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they light
    BrE BrE//laɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//laɪt//
     
    he / she / it lights
    BrE BrE//laɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//laɪts//
     
    past simple lit
    BrE BrE//lɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//lɪt//
     
    past participle lit
    BrE BrE//lɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//lɪt//
     
    -ing form lighting
    BrE BrE//ˈlaɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlaɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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    start to burn
  1. 1  [transitive] light something to make something start to burn She lit a candle. The candles were lit. I put a lighted match to the letter and watched it burn. Steve took out a cigarette and lit it.
  2. 2  [intransitive] to start to burn The fire wouldn't light.
  3. give light
  4. 3  [transitive, usually passive] light something to give light to something or to a place The stage was lit by bright spotlights. well/badly lit streets the lighted windows of the house
  5. 4[transitive] light something (literary) to guide somebody with a light Our way was lit by a full moon.
  6. Word Originverb , Old English lēoht, līht (noun and adjective), līhtan (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch licht and German Licht, from an Indo-European root shared by Greek leukos ‘white’ and Latin lux ‘light’.Extra examples A gleam of humour momentarily lit his face. Her face lit up with pleasure. She paused to light another cigarette. Stacey’s face immediately lit up. The room was dark now, lit only by a single candle. a brightly lit room a dimly lit street Come in, I’ll light a fire and you can get warmed up. Make sure you always park your car in busy, well lit streets. They installed gas apparatus to light the factory. to light a match/​cigarette/​candle Phrasal Verbslight on somethinglight up
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