Definition of light verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    light

     verb
    verb
    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
     
    he / she / it lights
     
    past simple lit
     
    -ing form lighting
     
     
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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 someone with a light Our way was lit by a full moon.
  6. Phrasal Verbslight on/upon somethinglight up
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: light