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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 light·ly /ˈlaɪtli/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Light·ly, adv.
 1. With little weight; with little force; as, to tread lightly; to press lightly.
 Yet shall thy grave with rising flowers be drest,
 And the green turf lie lightly on thy breast.   --Pope.
 Him thus intent Ithuriel with his spear
 Touched lightly.   --Milton.
 2. Swiftly; nimbly; with agility.
    So mikle was that barge, it might not lightly sail.   --R. of Brunne.
    Watch what thou seest and lightly bring me word.   --Tennyson.
 3. Without deep impression.
 The soft ideas of the cheerful note,
 Lightly received, were easily forgot.   --Prior.
 4. In a small degree; slightly; not severely.
    At the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun . . . and afterward did more grievously afflict her.   --Is. ix. 1.
 5. With little effort or difficulty; easily; readily.
    That lightly come, shall lightly go.   --Old Proverb.
    They come lightly by the malt, and need not spare it.   --Sir W. Scott.
 6. Without reason, or for reasons of little weight.
    Flatter not the rich, neither do thou willingly or lightly appear before great personages.   --Jer. Taylor.
 7. Commonly; usually. [Obs.]
    The great thieves of a state are lightly the officers of the crown.   --B. Jonson.
 8. Without dejection; cheerfully. “Seeming to bear it lightly.”
 9. Without heed or care; with levity; gayly; airily.
    Matrimony . . . is not by any to be enterprised, nor taken in hand, unadvisedly, lightly, or wantonly.   --Book of Common Prayer [Eng. Ed.].
 10. Not chastely; wantonly.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adv 1: without good reason; "one cannot say such things lightly"
      2: with few burdens; "experienced travellers travel light"
         [syn: light]
      3: with little weight or force; "she kissed him lightly on the
         forehead" [syn: softly, gently]
      4: indulging with temperance; "we eat lightly in the morning"
         [ant: heavily]
      5: with indifference or without dejection; "he took it lightly"
      6: in a small quantity or extent; "spread the margarine thinly
         over the meat"; "apply paint lightly" [syn: thinly]
         [ant: thickly]
      7: to a slight degree; "her speech is only lightly accented"