to see the light

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - see the light

"to see the light"

to understand something that you had not understood before


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - see the light

"to see the light"

to start believing in a religion


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - see the light

Two students are talking ...

Student 1:  How did you do with your calculus exam?

Student 2:  By a miracle, I actually passed.

Student 1:  You weren't expecting to pass?

Student 2:  I had been struggling and struggling to understand the basics and was completely lost.  Then I found a website that used examples to explain calculus and I suddenly saw the light.

Student 1:  You understood?

Student 2:  I understood and passed the exam.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - see the light

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I haven't seen Stewart at any parties recently.

Friend 2:  He had a near-death experience recently and had a blinding revelation about the afterlife.

Friend 1:  He saw the light?

Friend 2:  Yes. He has adopted Christianity and doesn't party anymore.

to see the light - Usage:


to see the light - Gerund Form:

Seeing the light, she finally understood the accounting equation.

Seeing the light, he decided to lead a godly, righteous life.

to see the light - Examples:

1)  I see the light now. What a man. Now I know why you all have KO posters ...

2)  I guess she did see the light after all, she knew it would never work between us and left.

3)  ... all understand it in its entirety, but hopefully they would "see the light" enough to understand that the Republican Party simply must stop the madness and begin ...

4)  Well you're about to enter deep waters but you'll see the LIGHT if you can digest these hidden TRUTHS.

5)  ... truth is a little clearer than before. Your partner never really " saw the light ". Their and your need to recycle is based on the pain of acute ...

6)  ... just last month Britain saw the light and their indefinite imprisonment law got busted too.

7)  And yet, therein the paradox for even that stingy old Rockefeller saw the light and funded numerous public institutions that endure to this day.

8)  However, the suits at Namco and US publisher Midway saw the light, so they bought it instead of suing to kill it.

9)  I used to be for abortion, not any more, I saw the light, it's just plain wrong. 

10)  Finally, in the fall during 11 th grade, I saw the light and decided the military was not for me.

11)  He eventually sought expert help and finally saw the light. He hadn't been giving people a good enough reason to like his company.

12)  Press and Media (owned and run by neo-liberals) may also be seeing the light: keeping the NDP from power may take special effort.

13)  ... turns his family farm into an industrial animal factory. He ends up seeing the light and reverts back to the more sustainable option, his original family farm.

14)  I also credit her husband for seeing the light about his errors, taking responsibility -- and then thanking her. 

15)  Some jurisdictions are seeing the light and the truth ...

16)  The result of all this is that Tom sees the light, abandons ophthalmology and apparently becomes a permanent long-haul tourist.

17)  Or does the entire government pretend it has changed its mind and now sees the light?

18)  ... and fifth place finishes Gingrich has to endure before he finally sees the light and drops out.

19)  ... who he claims to be, grasps the meaning of the cross, sees the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ and therefore believes the words that communicate ...

20)  ... assuming he would be able to convert her and she would "see the light ... go along to get along... be impressed by the power of ...