Definition of see the light in English:

see the light

phrase

  • 1Understand or realize something after prolonged thought or doubt.

    • ‘No doubt, this growing political isolation helped the IRA see the light…’
    • ‘For Montgomerie, it was suddenly seeing the light after being trapped in what seemed like an never ending tunnel on Thursday.’
    • ‘In Joe's case, something shocking and life threatening has to happen before he suddenly sees the light.’
    • ‘As the natives get down to the business of getting even, the viciousness reverberates off the screen and suddenly we see the light.’
    • ‘Every new recipe was different from the previous one, my head was starting to spin, when suddenly I saw the light.’
    • ‘You have made us see the light and we recognise that we're a bunch of bully boys who think we can get away with anything.’
    • ‘I wish I could say that the experience helped me see the light and realize that I had misjudged the film.’
    • ‘Would it suddenly see the light and stop its bullying?’
    • ‘Why, only when their side has been beaten, do they suddenly see the light?’
    • ‘Prominent organizations have began to see the light more, and realize what kind of production prospects can give them.’
    understand, realize
    understand, comprehend, realize, find out, see daylight, work out what's going on, get the point
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    1. 1.1 Undergo religious conversion.
      • ‘It took a roots-up, religious-type conversion - I'd walked in darkness, then I saw the light.’
      • ‘I once heard a Christian missionary claim that only ignorance of true trinitarian theology would prevent non-Christians from seeing the light and becoming baptized.’
      • ‘Paul is in the same world after seeing the light on the road to Damascus as he was before, but everything looks different.’
      • ‘Saul's traveling companions didn't see the light because the call was not for them.’
      • ‘We were sure that Roman Catholics would one day see the light and embrace the Protestant reforms.’