Synonyms of light in English

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light1


See definition of light

noun

1‘the houses had only the shadowy light of candles and oil lamps’

SYNONYMS
illumination, brightness, luminescence, luminosity, shining, gleaming, gleam, brilliance, radiance, lustre, glowing, glow, blaze, glare, dazzle
incandescence, phosphorescence
sunlight, moonlight, starlight, lamplight, firelight, electric light, gaslight
ray of light, shaft of light, beam of light
rare effulgence, refulgence, lambency, fulguration
ANTONYMS

darkness

2‘there was a light on in the hall’

SYNONYMS
lamp, flashlight
headlight, headlamp, sidelight
wall light
street light, floodlight
lantern, candle, taper, beacon
British torch, standard lamp

3‘have you got a light?’

SYNONYMS
match, lighter, cigarette lighter, flame, spark, source of fire

4‘don't worry, we'll be driving in the light and we won't have to go fast’

SYNONYMS
daylight, light of day, natural light, sunlight
daylight hours, daytime, day, hours of sunlight
ANTONYMS

darkness, night-time

5‘he saw the problem in a different light’

SYNONYMS
aspect, angle, slant, approach, interpretation, viewpoint, standpoint, context, point of view, vantage point
appearance, guise, hue, complexion

6‘light dawned on Loretta, and she launched herself into her part’

SYNONYMS
understanding, enlightenment, illumination, comprehension, insight, awareness, knowledge, elucidation, explanation, clarification, edification
ANTONYMS

ignorance

7‘an eminent legal light’

SYNONYMS
expert, authority, master, leader, guru
leading light, guiding light, luminary, celebrity, dignitary, public figure, worthy, VIP, big name, star
informal bigwig, big gun, big shot, big noise, celeb

8‘he served his party loyally according to his lights’

SYNONYMS
talent, skill, ability
intelligence, mental powers, intellect, knowledge, understanding

verb

1‘Alan gathered sticks and lit a fire’

SYNONYMS
set alight, set light to, set burning, set on fire, set fire to, put a match to, set a match to, ignite, kindle, burn, spark, spark off, fire, touch off, start, torch
archaic enkindle
ANTONYMS

extinguish, put out


adjective

1‘a cool and light breakfast room adjoins the bar’

SYNONYMS
bright, full of light, well lit, well lighted, well illuminated, sunny, sunshiny, undimmed, brilliant
ANTONYMS

dark, gloomy

2‘a subtle colour scheme of light pastel shades’

SYNONYMS
light-coloured, light-toned, pale, pale-coloured, pastel, pastel-coloured
whitish, faded, faint, weak, bleached
ANTONYMS

dark

3‘a young woman with light hair’

SYNONYMS
fair, light-coloured, blonde, golden, flaxen, yellow
ANTONYMS

dark, brunette


Synonyms of light in English

: light1light2

light2


See definition of light

adjective

1‘it's light, portable, and you can use it anywhere’

SYNONYMS
easy to lift, not heavy, weighing very little, lightweight
easy to carry, portable, transportable, weightless, insubstantial, airy
ANTONYMS

heavy

2‘a light cotton robe’

SYNONYMS
flimsy, lightweight, insubstantial, thin
delicate, floaty, gauzy, sheer, gossamer, diaphanous, transparent, translucent, see-through
ANTONYMS

heavy, thick

3‘she seemed as light on her feet as a dancer’

SYNONYMS
nimble, deft, agile, lithe, limber, lissom, flexible, supple, adroit, graceful, acrobatic, lively, active, quick, quick-moving, spry, sprightly
light-footed, fleet-footed
informal twinkle-toed, nippy
literary fleet, lightsome
ANTONYMS

clumsy

4‘cotton lavender needs a dry sunny situation in light soil’

SYNONYMS
friable, sandy, easily dug, workable
crumbly, not dense, loose, porous
ANTONYMS

dense

5‘a light dinner’

SYNONYMS
small, modest, scanty, simple, skimpy, frugal, not heavy, not rich, not large
easily digested, digestible
ANTONYMS

heavy, rich

6‘I was put on light duties’

SYNONYMS
easy, simple, undemanding, untaxing, unexacting, not burdensome, moderate, endurable, bearable, tolerable
informal cushy
ANTONYMS

hard, burdensome

7‘his eyes gleamed with light mockery’

SYNONYMS
gentle, mild, moderate, slight
playful, light-hearted, easy-going
witty, dry
ANTONYMS

serious

8‘light entertainment’

SYNONYMS
entertaining, lightweight, diverting, recreative, undemanding, easily understood, middle-of-the-road
amusing, humorous, funny, chucklesome, witty, light-hearted
frivolous, unserious, superficial, trivial, trifling
ANTONYMS

serious, deep

9‘I pitched into the chores with a light heart’

SYNONYMS
carefree, light-hearted, cheerful, cheery, happy, merry, jolly, blithe, bright, sunny, untroubled
buoyant, vivacious, bubbly, jaunty, bouncy, breezy, optimistic, positive, upbeat, ebullient, easy-going, free and easy, happy-go-lucky
dated gay

10‘this is no light matter’

SYNONYMS
unimportant, insignificant, trivial, trifling, petty, worthless, inconsequential, inconsiderable, superficial
ANTONYMS

serious, important

11‘he heard light footsteps’

SYNONYMS
gentle, delicate, soft, dainty, graceful
faint, indistinct
ANTONYMS

heavy

12‘her heart was pounding and her head felt light’

SYNONYMS
dizzy, giddy, light-headed, faint, unsteady
informal woozy, funny
dated queer
rare vertiginous

Phrases

    come to light

    ‘the thefts came to light early last year’


    SYNONYMS
    be discovered, be uncovered, be unearthed, appear, come out, transpire, become known, become apparent, materialize, emerge, crop up, turn up, show up, pop up
    ANTONYMS

    remain secret, remain hidden

    bring something to light

    ‘a serious case of corruption within government was first brought to light by an internal audit’


    SYNONYMS
    reveal, disclose, expose, uncover, show up, lay bare, unveil, manifest, unearth, dig up, dig out, turn up, bring to notice, detect, identify, dredge up, smoke out, root out, ferret out, hunt out, nose out
    ANTONYMS

    hush up, keep secret

    throw light on

    ‘no one could shed any light on the mysterious car accident’


    SYNONYMS
    explain, elucidate, clarify, clear up, give an explanation for, give an explanation of, offer an explanation for, offer an explanation of, make clear, make plain, interpret, comment on
    in the light of

    ‘I see no reason, in the light of these reports, to abandon our current policy’


    SYNONYMS
    taking into consideration, considering, taking into account, bearing in mind, keeping in mind, mindful of, taking note of, in view of
    see the light

    ‘he believed that if he could talk to his opponents, he could make them see the light’


    SYNONYMS
    understand, realize
    informal cotton on, catch on, get the message, get the picture, have an aha moment
    British informal twig

    ‘even the Vatican has seen the light and is using the technology to manage its library’


    SYNONYMS
    understand, comprehend, realize, find out, see daylight, work out what's going on, get the point
    informal cotton on, catch on, tumble, latch on, get the picture, get the message, get the drift, get it, get wise, see what's what, savvy
    British informal twig
    light up

    ‘the dashboard lit up’


    SYNONYMS
    become bright, brighten, become brighter, lighten, flash, shine, gleam, flare, blaze, glint, sparkle, flicker, shimmer, glisten, scintillate, glare, beam
    rare coruscate, fulgurate
    light something up

    1‘a flare lit up the night sky’


    SYNONYMS
    make bright, brighten, illuminate, make brighter, lighten, cast light on, shed light on, throw light on, shine on, irradiate, flood with light, floodlight
    literary illumine

    2‘her enthusiasm lit up her face’


    SYNONYMS
    animate, irradiate, brighten, make cheerful, cheer up, enliven
    make light of something

    ‘I don't want to make light of a serious issue’


    SYNONYMS
    play down, downplay, understate, underrate, rate too low, not do justice to, do an injustice to, underplay, de-emphasize, underemphasize, trivialize, minimize, diminish, downgrade, reduce, lessen, brush aside, gloss over, shrug off
    informal soft-pedal, sell short
    rare misprize, minify