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lightly (5 current from 14th to 17th cent.)
1. to no great amount LLL. I. ii. 159 “but rewarded” ; in a slight degree R3 I. iii. 45 “they love his Grace but lightly.”
3. easily, readily Err. IV. iv. 5 “My wife . . . will not lightly trust the messenger,” Tit. II. iii. 289.
4. nimbly, quickly Gent. III. i. 142.
5. commonly, often R3 III. i. 94 “Short summers have a forward spring.”
6. thoughtlessly Cor. IV. i. 29 “Believe't not lightly.”
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  • Cross-references in text-specific dictionaries from this page (5):
    • William Shakespeare, Anthony and Cleopatra, 4.12
    • William Shakespeare, Anthony and Cleopatra, 4.14
    • William Shakespeare, Coriolanus, 4.1
    • William Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona, 3.1
    • William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors, 4.4
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