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lite

[lahyt]Informal.
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adjective
  1. noting a commercial product that is low in calories or low in any substance considered undesirable, as compared with a product of the same type: used especially in labeling or advertising commercial products: lite beer.
  2. noting a version that is comparatively less extreme, profound, advanced, etc., than the typical version (often used postpositively): The film glossed over the dangers of the experiment with a science-lite explanation. The lite version of the app is available for mobile download.
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noun
  1. light2(def 36).
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Origin of lite

First recorded in 1965–70; an informal, simplified spelling of light2
Related formslite·ness, noun
Can be confusedlite light

-lite

  1. a combining form used in the names of minerals or fossils: aerolite; chrysolite.
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Also -lyte2.
Compare -lith.

Origin of -lite

< French, simplified form of -lithe < Greek líthos stone; similarly German -lit, earlier -lith
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lite

adjective
  1. (of food and drink) containing few calories or little alcohol or fat
  2. denoting a more restrained or less extreme version of a person or thingreggae lite
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Word Origin

C20: variant spelling of light ²

-lite

n combining form
  1. (in names of minerals) stonechrysolite Compare -lith
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Word Origin

from French -lite or -lithe, from Greek lithos stone
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Word Origin and History for lite

adj.

alternative spelling of light (adj.1), by 1962. Used from at least 1917 in product names, often as a variation of light (n.).

The word Adjusto-Lite for portable electric lamps was opposed by the user of a trade mark Auto-lite registered before the date of use claimed by the applicant. ["The Trade-Mark Reporter," 1922]
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-lite

word-forming element meaning "stone," from French -lite, variant of -lithe, from Greek lithos "stone" (see litho-).

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