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Lightly, 1) with little weight, not heavily, nimbly: could their master come and go as l. (as thoughts) Gent. III, 1, 142. “was ever feather so l. blown to and fro,” H6B IV, 8, 57.
2) without oppression or dejection, cheerfully: “my bosom's lord sits l. in his throne,” Rom. V, 1, 3. “seeming to bear it l.” Ant. IV, 14, 138.
3) easily, readily: “will not l. trust,” Err. IV, 4, 5. “this man hath for a few light crowns l. conspired,” H5 II, 2, 89. “with tears not l. shed,” Tit. II, 3, 289.
4) slightly, indifferently, not highly: “they are but l. rewarded,” LLL I, 2, 157. “they love his grace but l.” R3 I, 3, 45. “I weigh it l.” III, 1, 121. “believe't not l.” Cor. IV, 1, 29 (== believe it firmly, be firmly persuaded).
5) usually (cf. Nares' Glossary): “short summers l. have a forward spring,” R3 III, 1, 94.
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