light (noun, verb) /past tense: lighted, lit/ LISTEN
Light is the brightness that makes things visible or something that gives off brightness.
- Ryan walked through the forest with only the light of the moon to guide him.
- When Anne entered the room, she turned on the light.
A light is also a device for starting a fire.
- Do you have a light for my cigarette?
Light also means ‘to cause to become bright.’
- The sun lights up the sky every morning.
Light can also mean ‘to cause to burn.’
- We light candles when we have a romantic dinner.
- Ted coughed when he lit his cigarette.
bring to light: reveal. Example: “The newspaper story brought to light the government’s corruption.”
Did you know?
The Jewish holiday Hanukkah is also called the Festival of Lights. Jews celebrate by lighting candles in a menorah (candlelabra) for eight nights. To learn how to light a menorah, watch this video.
In pop culture
Sing along with The Doors classic “Light My Fire.” What do you think the title means?
There are other meanings of light.