Synonyms for light


1. light, visible light, visible radiation, actinic radiation, actinic ray
usage: (physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation; "the light was filtered through a soft glass window"
2. light, light source, source of illumination
usage: any device serving as a source of illumination; "he stopped the car and turned off the lights"
3. light, position, view, perspective
usage: a particular perspective or aspect of a situation; "although he saw it in a different light, he still did not understand"
4. luminosity, brightness, brightness level, luminance, luminousness, light, physical property
usage: the quality of being luminous; emitting or reflecting light; "its luminosity is measured relative to that of our sun"
5. light, scene
usage: an illuminated area; "he stepped into the light"
6. light, illumination, condition, status
usage: a condition of spiritual awareness; divine illumination; "follow God's light"
7. light, lightness, visual property
usage: the visual effect of illumination on objects or scenes as created in pictures; "he could paint the lightest light and the darkest dark"
8. light, friend
usage: a person regarded very fondly; "the light of my life"
9. light, lighting, illumination
usage: having abundant light or illumination; "they played as long as it was light"; "as long as the lighting was good"
10. light, insight, brainstorm, brainwave
usage: mental understanding as an enlightening experience; "he finally saw the light"; "can you shed light on this problem?"
11. sparkle, twinkle, spark, light, vitality, verve, expression, look, aspect, facial expression, face
usage: merriment expressed by a brightness or gleam or animation of countenance; "he had a sparkle in his eye"; "there's a perpetual twinkle in his eyes"
12. light, public knowledge, general knowledge
usage: public awareness; "it brought the scandal to light"
13. Inner Light, Light, Light Within, Christ Within, ethical motive, ethics, morals, morality
usage: a divine presence believed by Quakers to enlighten and guide the soul
14. light, visual signal
usage: a visual warning signal; "they saw the light of the beacon"; "there was a light at every corner"
15. lighter, light, igniter, ignitor, device
usage: a device for lighting or igniting fuel or charges or fires; "do you have a light?"


1. light, illume, illumine, light up, illuminate, lighten, lighten up
usage: make lighter or brighter; "This lamp lightens the room a bit"
2. light up, fire up, light, ignite, light
usage: begin to smoke; "After the meal, some of the diners lit up"
3. alight, light, perch, land, set down
usage: to come to rest, settle; "Misfortune lighted upon him"
4. ignite, light, burn, combust
usage: cause to start burning; subject to fire or great heat; "Great heat can ignite almost any dry matter"; "Light a cigarette"
5. fall, light, fall, return, pass, devolve
usage: fall to somebody by assignment or lot; "The task fell to me"; "It fell to me to notify the parents of the victims"
6. unhorse, dismount, light, get off, get down, descend, fall, go down, come down
usage: alight from (a horse)


1. light (vs. heavy), lightweight, airy, buoyant, floaty, lighter-than-air, low-density(predicate)
usage: of comparatively little physical weight or density; "a light load"; "magnesium is a light metal--having a specific gravity of 1.74 at 20 degrees C"
2. light (vs. dark), light-colored, pale, palish, pastel, powdery, white
usage: (used of color) having a relatively small amount of coloring agent; "light blue"; "light colors such as pastels"; "a light-colored powder"
3. light (vs. heavy), light-armed, lightly-armed
usage: of the military or industry; using (or being) relatively small or light arms or equipment; "light infantry"; "light cavalry"; "light industry"; "light weapons"
4. light (vs. heavy)
usage: not great in degree or quantity or number; "a light sentence"; "a light accent"; "casualties were light"; "light snow was falling"; "light misty rain"; "light smoke from the chimney"
5. light (vs. heavy), fooling, casual
usage: psychologically light; especially free from sadness or troubles; "a light heart"
6. light (vs. dark), ablaze(predicate), inflamed, reddened, autofluorescent, bioluminescent, bright, candescent, floodlit, floodlighted, fluorescent, illuminated, lighted, lit, well-lighted, incandescent, candent, lamplit, lighting-up(prenominal), livid, luminescent, phosphorescent, sunlit, sunstruck, white
usage: characterized by or emitting light; "a room that is light when the shutters are open"; "the inside of the house was airy and light"
7. unaccented, light, weak, unstressed (vs. stressed)
usage: (used of vowels or syllables) pronounced with little or no stress; "a syllable that ends in a short vowel is a light syllable"; "a weak stress on the second syllable"
8. light, digestible (vs. indigestible)
usage: easily assimilated in the alimentary canal; not rich or heavily seasoned; "a light diet"
9. light, loose (vs. compact)
usage: (used of soil) loose and large-grained in consistency; "light soil"
10. clean, clear, light, unclouded, pure (vs. impure)
usage: (of sound or color) free from anything that dulls or dims; "efforts to obtain a clean bass in orchestral recordings"; "clear laughter like a waterfall"; "clear reds and blues"; "a light lilting voice like a silver bell"
11. light, lightsome, tripping, light-footed (vs. heavy-footed)
usage: moving easily and quickly; nimble; "the dancer was light and graceful"; "a lightsome buoyant step"; "walked with a light tripping step"
12. light, undemanding (vs. demanding)
usage: demanding little effort; not burdensome; "light housework"; "light exercise"
13. light (vs. heavy), easy, gentle, soft
usage: of little intensity or power or force; "the light touch of her fingers"; "a light breeze"
14. light (vs. heavy)
usage: (physics, chemistry) not having atomic weight greater than average; "light water is ordinary water"
15. faint, light, swooning, light-headed, lightheaded, ill (vs. well), sick
usage: weak and likely to lose consciousness; "suddenly felt faint from the pain"; "was sick and faint from hunger"; "felt light in the head"; "a swooning fit"; "light-headed with wine"; "light-headed from lack of sleep"
16. light, thin (vs. thick)
usage: very thin and insubstantial; "thin paper"; "light summer dresses"
17. abstemious, light(prenominal), temperate (vs. intemperate)
usage: marked by temperance in indulgence; "abstemious with the use of adverbs"; "a light eater"; "a light smoker"; "ate a light supper"
18. light, scant(predicate), short, insufficient (vs. sufficient), deficient
usage: less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so; "a light pound"; "a scant cup of sugar"; "regularly gives short weight"
19. light, insignificant (vs. significant), unimportant
usage: having little importance; "losing his job was no light matter"
20. light, frivolous (vs. serious)
usage: intended primarily as entertainment; not serious or profound; "light verse"; "a light comedy"
21. idle, light, frivolous (vs. serious)
usage: silly or trivial; "idle pleasure"; "light banter"; "light idle chatter"
22. light, light-duty (vs. heavy-duty)
usage: designed for ease of movement or to carry little weight; "light aircraft"; "a light truck"
23. light, lite, low-cal, calorie-free, nonfat (vs. fatty), fat-free, fatless
usage: having relatively few calories; "diet cola"; "light (or lite) beer"; "lite (or light) mayonnaise"; "a low-cal diet"
24. light, wakeful, shallow (vs. deep)
usage: (of sleep) easily disturbed; "in a light doze"; "a light sleeper"; "a restless wakeful night"
25. easy, light, loose, promiscuous, sluttish, wanton, unchaste (vs. chaste)
usage: casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior; "her easy virtue"; "he was told to avoid loose (or light) women"; "wanton behavior"


1. lightly, light
usage: with few burdens; "experienced travellers travel light"
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