Main definitions of lit in English

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lit1

Pronunciation /lit/ /lɪt/

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verb

past and past participle of light, light

adjective

  • 1Provided with light or lighting; illuminated.

    ‘a lit window at dusk’
    • ‘leaving the safety of a lit street’
    • ‘Walk down a magically lit pathway lined on each side by local artisans selling their wonderful crafts.’
    • ‘At the end of the dimly lit hallway, your reflection greets you in a mirror.’
    • ‘In a well lit room LCD outperforms plasma.’
    • ‘She misses grade school, where she could fade into the clean, brightly lit hallways and imagine she didn't exist.’
    • ‘I wave at the lit window and try to get their attention.’
    • ‘ If I saw a glowing bike riding down a poorly lit street, I'd have to think I was being haunted.’
    • ‘ I notice the gently lit pathways and buildings along the way.’
    • ‘The pair were filmed by an onlooker outside the building after they appeared at one of the lit windows.’
    • ‘Many familiar faces are still wandering the spottily lit streets.’
    • ‘Both groups were placed in dimly lit rooms.’
  • 2Having been ignited; burning.

    ‘a lit cigarette’
    • ‘He accidentally dropped a book of lit matches.’
    • ‘The blaze started in a front room on the first floor after a flammable liquid came into contact with a lit candle.’
    • ‘ It's like having a lit match put to your hand but not saying "ouch" until the next day.’
    • ‘He walked into the dining room with a lit cigar at 9:30 p.m.’
    • ‘He fell asleep on the couch with a lit cigarette in his hand and the smoke and fumes killed him.’
    • ‘They will enter the party and toss a lit match in one of the larger puddles of gasoline.’
    • ‘She hit the backstage press room with a lit joint and handed it round to event photographers.’
    • ‘The company's blanket ban on lit cigarettes in its films came into effect in 2007.’
    • ‘A lit candle can provide a real hazard. Your animals could knock it down.’
    • ‘Bouquets of flowers and lit candles formed a makeshift memorial on the sidewalk.’
  • 3US informal Very good, impressive, or exciting.

    • ‘my birthday party was lit!’
    • ‘That song was so lit. I can't wait for the album.’
    • ‘The five-hour reception was so lit, guests didn't want to leave.’
    • ‘The concert was totally lit!’
    • ‘This party is gonna be lit.’
    • ‘This party was so lit that Beyonce wrote a lyric for it.’
    • ‘You don't want to miss this premiere, trust me. It's gonna be super lit.’
    • ‘Here are some of the fans' reactions, which are super lit.’
    • ‘We threw a Christmas party and it was lit.’
    • ‘The atmosphere was so lit. Playing in front of a crowd like that would be a dream for me.’
    • ‘It was lit. The experience was just unbelievable.’
    1. 3.1usually lit upDrunk.
      • ‘some friends and I got lit up’
      • ‘We got lit and talked like southerners.’
      • ‘I stood in a corner by myself and got lit up.’
      • ‘We were lit before we got there and didn't have to pay a lot for drinks.’
      • ‘They were flat out alcoholics who were totally lit every day.’
      • ‘All four of us were totally lit.’
      • ‘We were lit so we had fun but I wouldn't really choose to go on a regular night.’
      • ‘We blundered into the living room where we got lit up.’
      • ‘As soon as the countdown was done I got lit up.’
      • ‘Whenever we had free time, we all got lit up.’
      • ‘We were lit by the time they opened.’

Main definitions of lit in English

: lit1lit2

lit2

Pronunciation /lit/ /lɪt/

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noun

short for literature
‘chick lit’
  • ‘She returned home, eventually earning degrees in classical studies and English lit.’
  • ‘At that time I was attending night classes, studying English lit and writing my first collection of poetry.’
  • ‘The lecture going on in the theatre isn't about maths or English lit.’
  • ‘I wanted to study English lit, but I was edged into choosing medicine.’
  • ‘He double majored in philosophy and English lit.’
  • ‘Just walking into a shop can reveal that fans of science fiction or young adult lit are just as likely to find their new favorite narratives.’
  • ‘Young adult lit has made so many advancements since I was a teenager.’
  • ‘She studied lit at UCLA.’
  • ‘He received his PhD, writing on manifestations of transcendence in 20th Century American lit.’
  • ‘The 12-year English teacher also teaches British lit.’