Wondering whether to use ‘lite’ or ‘light’? And what the difference is between the two? We can help clear that up, plus teach you the meaning and how to use both words in a sentence.
Don’t feel like skimming for the answer? Here’s the short one:
As you just learned, the difference between ‘lite’ and ‘light’ is that ‘lite’ is an informal variant of ‘light.’ They could technically be considered homophones, since they have different definitions.
The word ‘lite’ isn’t typically used in formal writing, such as academic writing or professional writing.
The correct way to use ‘lite’ would be when you’re referring to the option that has fewer options.
For example, the ‘lite’ version of something is usually the free or free trial version of a product.
But you can use light anytime you mean ‘something that makes vision possible’ or ‘the opposite of darkness.’
Let’s quickly define the words so we know how to use them in a sentence later.
The Merriam-Webster definition of ‘light’ is: “something that makes vision possible,” “the sensation aroused by stimulation of the visual receptors,” “daylight,” “dawn,” “a source of light: such as a) a celestial body, b) candle, c) electric light,” and “a color of notable lightness: a light or pale color > usually plural.”
It also means: “clothing that is light in color,” “sight,” “spiritual illumination,” “inner light,” “public knowledge,” “something that enlightens or informs,” and “a medium (such as a window) through which light is admitted.”
The Merriam-Webster definition of ‘lite’ is: “light” and “diminished or lacking in substance or seriousness.”
Not sure how to pronounce ‘light’ and ‘light’? Here’s a short pronunciation guide.
Now that we know what the words mean and how to pronounce them let’s take a look at how to use them both in a sentence.
Remember, the word ‘lite’ isn’t usually used in formal writing. Therefore, you should only use it in personal writing.
To recap, you learned that ‘lite’ is the informal variant of ‘light.’ It should never be used in professional or academic writing because it’s informal.
If you ever forget which one is the correct one to use, you can always come back and refresh your memory. We’ve got a ton of other content on confusing words and phrases you might come across as you’re learning the English language.