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Language: Old English
Origin: lihtan

light

3 verb
     
light3 S3 W3 past tense and past participle lit or lighted
1 [intransitive and transitive] to start to burn, or to make something start to burn:
He stopped to light a cigarette.
I lit the fire and poured a drink.
I couldn't get the candles to light.
2 [transitive usually passive] to provide light for a place:
The room was lit by one large, central light.
The porch is always well lit at night.
The kitchen was warm and brightly lit.
a poorly lit car park
3

light the/somebody's way

to provide light for someone while they are going somewhere:
We had only a few torches between us to light the way.

light on/upon something

phrasal verb
1 to notice or find something by chance:
His eye lit on a ruby ring.
I thought I might have lit upon an ancient manuscript.
2 if a bird or insect lights on something, it stops flying and stands on it

light out

phrasal verb
to run away, especially because you are afraid

light up

phrasal verb
1

light something ↔ up

to give light to a place or to shine light on something:
The flames lit up the sky.
The fountain is lit up at night.
2 to become bright with light or colour:
At night the harbour lights up.
As the screen lit up, he typed in his password.
3
a) if someone's face or eyes light up, they show pleasure, excitement etc
light up with
His eyes lit up with laughter.
Her face lit up with pleasure.
b)

light something ↔ up

to make someone's face or eyes show pleasure or excitement:
Suddenly a smile lit up her face.
A mischievous gleam lit up her eyes.
4 informal to light a cigarette:
I watched Paul light up again.
WORD FOCUS: burn WORD FOCUS: burn
to be burning: be on fire, be ablaze, be alight

to start burning: catch fire, burst into flames, ignite

to make something start burning: light, set fire to something

to make something stop burning: put out, extinguish

to hurt or damage your skin with hot liquid or steam: scald

the crime of deliberately setting fire to buildings: arson


See also
burn

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