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alight

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verb \ə-ˈlīt\

Simple Definition of alight

  • of insects, birds, etc. : to stop on a surface after flying

  • : to step down from a boat, vehicle, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of alight

alighted also alitplay \ə-ˈlit\alighting

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to come down from something (as a vehicle): as a :  dismount b :  deplane

  3. 2 :  to descend from or as if from the air and come to rest :  land, settle

  4. 3 archaic :  to come by chance

alightment noun

Examples of alight in a sentence

  1. A group of tourists alighted from the boat.

  2. <a flock of eight swans circled above, then alighted on the pond>



Origin of alight

Middle English, from Old English ālīhtan, from ā- (perfective prefix) + līhtan to alight — more at abide, light


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with alight

affright, air right, airtight, albite, Albright, all right, all-night, a mite, aright, backbite, backlight, bauxite, bedight, birthright, black light, bleed white, bobwhite, bombsight, box kite, calcite, campsite, catfight, cockfight, contrite, cordite, Cushite, daylight, deadlight, delight, dendrite, despite, dogfight, downlight, downright, droplight, dust mite, earthlight, excite, eyebright, eyesight, fanlight, felsite, ferrite, finite, fire blight, firefight, firelight, first night, fistfight, flashlight, fleabite, floodlight, foresight, forthright, fortnight, freewrite, frostbite, Gadite, gall mite, gaslight, gastight, ghostwrite, goethite, graphite, green light, gummite, gunfight, half-light, halite, Hamite, handwrite, headlight, highlight, hindsight, Hittite, homesite, hoplite, Hussite, ignite, illite, infight, in-flight, incite, indict, indite, insight, in sight, invite, jacklight, jadeite, key light, lamplight, late blight, leucite, Levite, lighttight, lignite, limelight, lintwhite, lowlight, Lucite, Luddite, lyddite, marmite, Melchite, Memphite, midnight, millwright, moonlight, New Right, night-light, nitrite, off-site, off-white, on sight, on-site, outright, outsight, partite, peep sight, penlight, perlite, playwright, polite, preflight, prizefight, pyrite, quartzite, ratite, recite, red light, red-light, requite, respite, rewrite, rushlight, rust mite, safelight, samite, searchlight, Semite, Servite, Shemite, Shiite, shipwright, sidelight, sit tight, skintight, skylight, skywrite, slant height, smectite, snakebite, snow-white, sound bite, spaceflight, spotlight, stage fright, starlight, sternite, sticktight, stoplight, streetlight, stylite, sulfite, sunlight, Sunnite, taillight, termite, thermite, tonight, torchlight, trothplight, Twelfth Night, twilight, twi-night, typewrite, unite, unsight, upright, uptight, wainwright, watch night, wax light, Web site, weeknight, wheelwright, white flight, white knight, x-height, zinc white


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alight

adjective

Simple Definition of alight

  • : full of light : lighted up

  • : on fire

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of alight

  1. 1 chiefly British :  being on fire

  2. 2 :  lighted up

Examples of alight in a sentence

  1. The sky was alight with stars.

  2. Enemy soldiers set the building alight.



15th Century

First Known Use of alight

15th century



ALIGHT Defined for Kids

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alight

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verb \ə-ˈlīt\

Definition of alight for Students

alightedalighting

  1. 1 :  to get down :  dismount <The riders alighted from their horses.>

  2. 2 :  to come down from the air and settle <Butterflies alighted on the flowers.>




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alight

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adjective

Definition of alight for Students

  1. :  full of light :  lighted up <The sky was alight with stars.> <His face was alight with excitement.>





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