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Definitions a, b and d all work.
Yes, they all might work but they are quite different from each other so only one must fit and I cannot determine which one it is.

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I can't see it on the link. Which page is it on?
 

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It seems to me that lightly means something like casually or nonchalantly. He doesn't want to give the impression that the news is something grave, serious, or to be worried about.
 

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Yes, they all might work but they are quite different from each other so only one must fit....

That is not correct. Definitions a, b, and d are all possible in the quoted extract. More context might tell us which most closely fits what the author had in mind, but it's also possible it wouldn't help at all; the author may have failed to establish the speaker's mood well enough for us to gauge which of the definitions is the closest match.
 

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It could be nonchalance or a sort of gallows humour as it's his bank that is in trouble. I don't see why only one possible definition has to apply- it could be both or a combination. The writer could have chosen the word because it has more than one possible meaning. This is literary writing, not a legal contract.
 

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Is this as casual as the original: "Definitions a, b and d all acts?

No. Something can act on something else, or an actor can act. Neither verb means the same as "to work" in the sense of verb definition #3 in your link.
 

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No. Something can act on something else, or an actor can act. Neither verb means the same as "to work" in the sense of verb definition #3 in your link.

What about "to function" which is not included in the link?

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What about "to function" which is not included in the link?

In this case, to work is similar to "to function correctly", but not similar enough for the latter to be able to substitute for the former.
 

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