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

 

slight

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//slaɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//slaɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they slight
BrE BrE//slaɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//slaɪt//
 
he / she / it slights
BrE BrE//slaɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//slaɪts//
 
past simple slighted
BrE BrE//ˈslaɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈslaɪtɪd//
 
past participle slighted
BrE BrE//ˈslaɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈslaɪtɪd//
 
-ing form slighting
BrE BrE//ˈslaɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈslaɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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[usually passive] slight somebody to treat somebody rudely or without respect synonym insult She felt slighted because she hadn't been invited. Word Origin Middle English; the adjective from Old Norse sléttr ‘smooth’ (an early sense in English), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch slechts ‘merely’ and German schlicht ‘simple’, schlecht ‘bad’; the verb (originally in the sense ‘make smooth or level’), from Old Norse slétta. The sense “treat with disrespect” dates from the late 16th cent.
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