lightly

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An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
adverb
1. (slightly)
a. ligeramente
We were expecting a big storm, but it only snowed lightly.Esperábamos una gran tormenta, pero solo nevó ligeramente.
b. levemente
Use lightly boiled peas for this recipe.Usar guisantes levemente hervidos para esta receta.
c. apenas
I prefer my vegetables cooked lightly, so they're still a bit crisp.Prefiero las verduras apenas cocidas, para que queden algo crujientes.
d. poco
Marina's been eating lightly since her surgery.Marina viene comiendo poco desde que la operaron.
e.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I sleep lightly, so when the neighbor arrived at 3 am, he woke me up.Tengo el sueño ligero, por eso cuando el vecino llegó a las 3 am, me despertó.
They were lightly dressed when they landed in Seattle, but they quickly put on their coats.Estaban vestidos con ropa liviana cuando aterrizaron en Seattle, pero enseguida se pusieron los abrigos.
2. (gently)
a. suavemente
I knocked lightly on her bedroom door.Toqué suavemente la puerta de su habitación.
b. con paso ligero
Len walked lightly to the gate and opened it.Len caminó con paso ligero hasta el portón y lo abrió.
3. (frivolously)
a. a la ligera
Unemployment is not a topic to take lightly.El desempleo no es un tema para tomar a la ligera.
4. (not severely)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
He drove through a store window. He got off lightly with just a fine, because he's the mayor's brother.Atravesó la vitrina de una tienda con el carro. Se libró con solo una multa, porque es el hermano del alcalde.
He should have gotten life in prison. He was let off lightly with only 30 years.Le hubieran dado una cadena perpetua. Lo trataron con indulgencia con tan solo 30 años.
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lightly
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
adverb
1. (general)
a. ligeramente
to sleep lightlytener el sueño ligero
to get off lightlysalir bien parado(a)
to speak lightly of something/somebodyhablar a la ligera de algo/alguien
it was not a decision she took lightlyno tomó la decisión a la ligera
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lightly [ˈlaɪtlɪ]
adverb
1 (gently, softly) [+touch, knock] suavemente; [+tread, walk] con paso ligero
she kissed him lightly on the forehead le dio un beso con suavidad en la frente; brush lightly with beaten egg extienda una ligera capa de huevo batido
2 (slightly) levemente; ligeramente
lightly clad ligero de ropa; con muy poca ropa; season lightly with salt and pepper sazone con un poquito de sal y pimienta; a lightly boiled egg un huevo poco cocido; un huevo pasado por agua; to touch lightly on a matter mencionar un asunto de paso
3 (frivolously) a la ligera
this is not a charge to be made lightly este tipo de acusación no se hace a la ligera; to get off lightly librarse de una buena; to speak lightly of danger despreciar el peligro
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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