Definition of red light in English:

red light

noun

  • 1A red traffic light or similar signal that instructs moving vehicles to stop.

    • ‘They were approaching vehicles stopped in traffic, mostly at red lights, and offering to clean or cleaning the windshields with the hope or expectation of receiving money from the drivers.’
    • ‘The silver vehicle stopped at a red light and Brian turned his piercing gaze toward me.’
    • ‘Lorries were stopped in the outside and inside lane completely obstructing the red lights.’
    • ‘Indeed, more people walk to work here than just about anywhere on the planet, and five cars at a red light constitutes a traffic jam.’
    • ‘A mother and her young son were killed after an emergency vehicle allegedly crossed a red light and collided head-on with their car in South Africa.’
    • ‘The survey suggests that on average a vehicle drives through a red light at the junction once every eight minutes.’
    • ‘He turned on his turn signal and stopped at a red light.’
    • ‘Whenever the vehicle stops, at a red light for example, the engine is shut down.’
    • ‘They were installed at traffic lights along the busy A630 Balby corridor last March to stop motorists jumping red lights.’
    • ‘She glanced out the window as the limousine stopped at a red light.’
    • ‘Eight more junctions will get traffic light cameras to catch motorists driving through red lights.’
    • ‘Earlier this month the government announced that ambulance drivers on 999 calls will no longer be fined for going through traffic cameras or red lights.’
    • ‘The Renault stopped at a red light and a gang of hooded youths began to saunter across the road.’
    • ‘He drove to school in a hurry, refusing to follow any rules about stop signs, red lights, or speed limits.’
    • ‘I saw a convertible run a red light, then pull over.’
    • ‘The vehicle stopped at a red light and Patroni knew the time had come.’
    • ‘Stopping at a red light, I flipped the switch to let down the ragtop of my car.’
    • ‘A family friend sped through a red light and hit oncoming vehicles in Cheltenham, killing her daughter.’
    • ‘The stupid policeman said I ran a red light, but that traffic light appeared out of thin air!’
    • ‘He came to a halt at the first set of traffic lights at the red light and he passed the second one on the green.’
    rejection, vetoing, dismissal, denial, declination, turndown
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    1. 1.1 A refusal or an order to stop an action.
      ‘some subsidies would get a red light and be prohibited’
      • ‘If the design exceeds the parameters set by the program it is given a red light.’
      • ‘Once the Commission was informed of the precise nature of the alliance plans, it was likely to take three or four months to decide whether to give the green or red light, the source said.’

Pronunciation

red light