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light / luz
 
light   1   [laɪt]
literally or lighted   verb: past tense   past participle
A. -noun
1. (=not darkness)   luz (f)
·she was sitting with her back to the light or with the light behind her
·estaba sentada de espaldas a la luz
·the light was beginning to fade
·estaba empezando a oscurecer
·her hair is almost black in certain lights
·segúnoun como le da la luz tiene el pelo casi negro
a. [against] the light =   al trasluz
·to hold something [against] the light
·acercar algo a la luz,   mirar algo al trasluz
b. [by] the light of the moon/a candle =   a la luz de la luna/de una vela
c. at [first] light =   al rayar el día
d. you're (standing) [in] my light =   me quitas la luz,   me haces sombra
e. light and [shade] =   luz y sombra   (Art)   claroscuro (m)
f. to hold something up [to] the light =   acercar algo a la luz,   mirar algo al trasluz
g. to see (a) light at the end of the tunnel   ver la salida del túnel,   ver una soluciónoun al problema
h. to bring something to light   sacar algo a la luz
i. to shed or throw or cast light on something   arrojar luz sobre algo
j. in the cold light of day   a la luz del día   (figurative)   pensándolo con calma
k. to come to light   salir a la luz (pública)
·new facts have come to light
·han salido a la luz nuevos datos
l. (the) light dawned on him/her   se dio cuenta,   comprendió
m. to hide one'noun light (under a bushel)   quitarse importancia,   ser modesto
n. he was the light of her life   era la niña de sus ojos
o. to see the light   (religion)   ver la luz
(=understand)   abrir los ojos,   ver la luz humorous
p. to see the light (of day)   ver la luz (del día)
2. (=lamp)   luz (f)
·in the distance I could see the lights of a town
·a lo lejos veía las luces de una ciudad
·to switch on or turn on the light
·encender la luz
·to switch off or turn off the light
·apagar la luz
·lights [out]
hora (f) de apagar las luces
·what time is lights out?
·¿a qué hora se apagan las luces?
a. to go out like a light   *
(=fall asleep)   dormirse al instante
(=lose consciousness)   caer (en) redondo *
bright  
runway  
3. (=electricity)   luz (f)
·[electric] light
luz (f) eléctrica
4. (automobiles)
(on vehicle)   luz (f)
a. [rear] or [tail] lights =   pilotos masculine plural,   luces feminine plural traseras,   calaveras feminine plural Mexico
b. [reversing] lights =   luces feminine plural de marcha atránoun
5. (=traffic signal)   semáforo (m)
·a [red]/[green]/[amber] light
·un semáforo en rojo/verde/ámbar
·to go through a red light
·saltarse un semáforo en rojo
·[the] lights
·el semáforo
·the lights were at or on red
·el semáforo estaba en rojo
·the lights were against us all the way
·nos tocaron todos los semáforos en rojo
green  
6. (=viewpoint)
a. [according to] or [by] somebody'noun lights   formal usage   segúnoun el parecer de somebody, someone
b. to see things/look at something in a [different] or [new] light =   ver las cosas/mirar algo con una perspectiva distinta or desde otro punto de vista
·I began to see my friends in a new light
·empecé a ver a mis amigos con otros ojos
c. to show or portray something/somebody in a [good]/[bad] light =   dar una buena/mala imagen de algo/somebody, someone
·this shows our country in a bad light
·esto da una mala imagen de nuestro paínoun
d. [in] the light of what you have said ... =   en vista de or a la luz de lo que has dicho ...
7. (=glint, twinkle)   brillo (m)
·there was a strange light in his eye
·había un brillo extraño en su mirada
8. (=flame)
a. have you [got] a light?   (for cigarette)   ¿tienes fuego?
b. to [set] light to something
(British, Great Britain)   prender fuego a algo
strike  
9. (architecture)   cristal (m),   vidrio (m)
B. -adjective
lighter   comparative
lightest   superlative
1. (=bright)   [room, hallway]   con bastante luz
·her house is light and airy
·su casa tiene bastante luz y ventilaciónoun
·light summer evenings
·las claras tardes de verano
·while it'noun still light
·mientras es de día or hay luz
a. to [get] light =   hacerse de día
2. (=pale)   [colour]   claro   [hair]   rubio,   güero Central America, Mexico   [skin]   blanco
·light [blue]/[green]
·azul/verde claro
·light [in] colour
·de color claro
C. -transitive verb
1. (=illuminate)   iluminar
·she appeared at a lighted window
·se asomó a la ventana de una habitaciónoun iluminada
·to light the [way] for somebody
·alumbrar (el camino) a somebody, someone
2. (=ignite)
[+match, candle, fire]   encender,   prender
[+cigarette]   encender
D. -intransitive verb
(=ignite)   encenderse,   prender
·the fire wouldn't light
·el fuego no se encendía,   el fuego no prendía
E. -compound
·light bulb   -noun   bombilla (f),   foco (m) Andes,   bombillo (m) Colombia, Venezuela
·light fitting   -noun   instalaciónoun eléctrica donde se colocan bombillas, tubos fluorescentes, etcetera
·light meter   -noun   (photography)   fotómetro (m)
·light pen   -noun   lápiz (m) óptico
·light show   -noun   espectáculo (m) de luces
·light switch   -noun   interruptor (m)
·light wave   -noun   onda (f) luminosa
·light year   -noun   año (m) luz
·3000 light years away
·a una distancia de 3000 años luz
 
light / ligero
 
light
2
[laɪt]
A. -adjective
lighter   comparative
lightest   superlative
1. (in weight)   [object, clothing, equipment]   ligero,   liviano Latin America   [step]   ligero
·I want to be ten pounds lighter
·quiero adelgazar diez libras
·I'masculine ten pounds lighter than I was
·peso diez libras menos que antes
a. to be light on one'noun [feet] =   ser ligero de pies
b. with a light [heart]
(=cheerfully)   con el corazónoun alegre
(=without thinking)   a la ligera
c. you need a light [touch] to make good pastry =   necesitas manos de seda para conseguir una buena masa
d. as light as a [feather]   ligero como una pluma
2. (=scanty, slight)   [breeze]   leve,   suave   [shower]   ligero
·a light rain was falling
·lloviznaba
·a light fall of snow
·una ligera nevada
·trading was light on the Stock Exchange
·hubo poca actividad en la Bolsa
·traffic was light
·había poco tráfico
·the speech was light [on] content
·el discurso tenía poco contenido
3. (culinary, cooking )
[meal, food, cake]   ligero,   liviano Latin America
4. (=low-alcohol)   de bajo contenido alcohólico,   de bajo contenido en alcohol
(=low-calorie)   light,   bajo en calorías
(=low-tar)   light,   de bajo contenido en alquitránoun
5. (=soft)   [sound]   leve   [voice]   suave
·there was a light tapping on the door
·se oyeron unos golpecitos a la puerta
6. (=not demanding)   [work, duties]   ligero
·she can only manage light work
·nounólo puede realizar tareas ligeras
a. to make light [work] of something   hacer algo con facilidad
7. (=not serious)   [novel, music]   ligero
a. to [make] light of something =   quitar importancia a algo
b. on a lighter [note] =   hablando de cosas menos serias
c. take along some light [reading] =   llévate algo feminineácil de leer
8. (=not harsh)   [sentence]   leve
9. (=shallow)
a. she had drifted into a light [sleep] =   se había quedado medio dormida
b. to be a light [sleeper] =   tener el sueño ligero
10. (=loose)   [soil]   poco denso
B. -adverb
a. to [travel] light =   viajar con poco equipaje
C. -noun
1. lights   (culinary, cooking )     pulmones masculine plural
2. (=cigarette)   cigarrillo (m) light,   cigarrillo (m) de bajo contenido en alquitránoun
D. -compound
·light aircraft   -noun   aviónoun (m) ligero
·light ale   -noun   cerveza (f) rubia,   cerveza (f) clara
·light entertainment   -noun   (television)   programas masculine plural de variedades
·a stand-up comedian provided light entertainment
·un humorista amenizó la velada
·light industry   -noun   industria (f) ligera
·light infantry   -noun   infantería (f) ligera
·light opera   -noun
(=show)   opereta (f)
(=genre)   género (m) lírico
·light verse   -noun   poesías feminine plural festivas
 
light / dar con algo
 
light   3   [laɪt]
literally or lighted   past tense, past participle   -intransitive verb
·to light [on] something
literary   dar con algo,   tropezar con algo,   encontrar algo
 
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