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lightly

adverb
     
light‧ly
1 with only a small amount of weight or force [= gently]:
I knocked lightly on the door.
2 using or having only a small amount of something:
a lightly greased pan
lightly armed soldiers
3

take/treat/approach something lightly

to do something without serious thought:
Divorce is not a matter you can afford to take lightly.
4

get off lightly

also be let off lightly to be punished in a way that is less severe than you deserve:
He got off lightly because his father was a lawyer.
5 without worrying, or without appearing to be worried:
'Things will be fine,' he said lightly.

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