lite vs. light – The Correct Way to Use Each | Confusing Words
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Lite

Definition:

A variant of 'light', typically related to a diet version of a food or beverage. For example, a lite product may have lower sugar or less fat than its 'regular' counterpart. When used to describe beer, the term 'lite' refers to a beer with fewer calories than usual. Lite is sometimes seen in sentences where 'light' would be a more appropriate choice, i.e. those discussing illumination.

Examples:

Sarah is on a diet, so she purchased lite sour cream instead of the full-fat version.

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Light

Definition:

Most often used to describe visible illumination, light is used as a catch-all term to describe lamps and fixtures of different kinds. The term is also used to discuss complexion, and often refers to someone who has pale skin and/or blonde hair. Similarly, it is used to talk about colors that are pale rather than bold, i.e. 'light blue.' 'Light' is sometimes used to talk about cheerful moods or funny content, and it is also used in reference to things that don't weigh very much, or that are easy. You can also use 'light' to talk about diet foods or beverages.

Examples:

It was getting dark, so we turned on the light.

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