how to pronounce lightly


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the above transcription of lightly is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

lightly is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of lightly in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… were not um taken lightly and also she …”

meanings of lightly


  1. In a light manner.

lightly frequency in english - B2 level of CEFR

the word lightly occurs in english on average 28.3 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics lightly can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that lightly can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) people, society, and culture;

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