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Webster 1913 Edition


Lite

Lite

(līt)
,
Adj.
,
adv.
, &
Noun.
Little.
[Obs.]
Chaucer.

Webster 1828 Edition


Lite

LITE

,
Adj.
Little. [Not in use.]

Definition 2022


lite

lite

See also: lité and -lite

English

Adjective

lite (not comparable)

  1. Light in composition, notably low in fat, calories etc. Most commonly used commercially.:
    His lite dinner consisted of crackers, some broccoli and a salad with lite ranch dressing.
  2. Lightweight
  3. Informal spelling of light.
    My favorite color is lite blue!
  4. (usually used postpositively) Lacking substance or seriousness; watered down.
    • 2003 March 6, “Reform Lite”, in St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
      this compromise bill is reform lite. It is both more palatable to nursing home owners and less protective of elderly patients
    • 2006, Alfie Kohn, Beyond discipline: from compliance to community, page 42:
      If there is a difference between doing this to a child and engaging in old-fashioned punishment, it is at best a quantitative rather than a qualitative difference. What Dreikurs and his followers are selling is Punishment Lite.
    • 2010 April 8, “Sovereign debt crisis at 'boiling point', warns Bank for International Settlements”, in Telegraph.co.uk:
      The analysis bolsters claims by the Tories that markets will not wait patiently as Britain draws up leisurely plans for austerity-lite
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Etymology 2

From Middle English lit, lut (little), from Old English lȳt

Noun

lite (uncountable)

  1. (Britain, dialect) A little, bit.

Adjective

lite (comparative liter, superlative litest)

  1. (Britain, dialect) few; little

Etymology 3

From Middle English liten, from Old Norse hlíta (to rely on, trust, abide by). Cognate with Icelandic hlíta (to comply), Swedish lita (to trust, rely on, depend on, confide in), Danish lide (to trust).

Verb

lite (third-person singular simple present lites, present participle liting, simple past and past participle lited)

  1. (Britain, dialect) To expect; wait.
  2. (Britain, dialect) To rely.

Noun

lite (plural lites)

  1. (Britain, dialect) The act of waiting; a wait.

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Dutch

Noun

lite m (plural liten, diminutive litetje n)

  1. (historical) The (rare) singular of liten

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French

Verb

lite

  1. first-person singular present indicative of liter
  2. third-person singular present indicative of liter
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of liter
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of liter
  5. second-person singular imperative of liter

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Irish

Alternative forms

  • lighte (obsolete)

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈl̠ʲɪtʲə/

Participle

lite

  1. past participle of ligh

Italian

Etymology

From Latin līs, lītem.

Noun

lite f (plural liti)

  1. A quarrel, row, altercation, fight
  2. (law) A suit, lawsuit

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Ladin

Verb

lite

  1. first-person singular present indicative of liter
  2. first-person singular present subjunctive of liter
  3. third-person singular present subjunctive of liter
  4. third-person plural present subjunctive of liter

Latin

Noun

līte

  1. ablative singular of līs

Norwegian Bokmål

Alternative forms

Adjective

lite

  1. neuter singular of liten

Adverb

lite

  1. little
    lite kjent - little known

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Norwegian Nynorsk

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /liːtә/ (example of pronunciation)

Adjective

lite n

  1. neuter singular of liten

Adverb

lite (comparative mindre, superlative minst)

  1. little
    Me veit lite om djuphava.
    We know little about the deep oceans.

Verb

lite (present tense lit, past tense leit, past participle lite, passive infinitive litast, present participle litande, imperative lit)

  1. Alternative form of lita

Scottish Gaelic

Noun

lite f (genitive singular lite or lit)

  1. (north-west of Scotland) porridge
  2. (historical) pottage
  3. (historical) posset

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Spanish

Verb

lite

  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of litar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of litar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of litar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of litar.

Swedish

Alternative forms

Pronunciation

Adjective

lite (comparative mindre, superlative minst)

  1. little, some; a small amount
    Det finns lite vatten i flaskan.
    There is a little water in the bottle.
    Jag har lite pengar kvar.
    I've got a little money left.
    Jag skrev lite på hemuppgiften.
    I wrote a little on the homework.

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Usage notes

To be used with uncountable nouns.

Adverb

lite (comparative mindre, superlative minst)

  1. a little, to a small extent; somewhat
    Jag har lite för lite pengar kvar.
    I've got slightly too little money left.