Definition of lightly adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈlaɪtli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlaɪtli//
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  1. 1  gently; with very little force or effort He kissed her lightly on the cheek. She ran lightly up the stairs.
  2. 2  to a small degree; not much It began to snow lightly. She tended to sleep lightly nowadays (= it was easy to disturb her). I try to eat lightly (= not to eat heavy or greasy food).
  3. 3in a way that sounds as though you are not particularly worried or interested synonym nonchalantly ‘I'll be all right,’ he said lightly.
  4. 4without being seriously considered This is not a problem we should take lightly. Such fears should not be dismissed lightly.
  5. Idioms
    get off/be let off lightly
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    (informal) to be punished or treated in a way that is less severe than you deserve or may have expected He got off lightly with a small fine. The children were let off lightly.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: lightly