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alight

verb \ ə-ˈlīt \

Definition of alight

alighted also alit play \ə-ˈlit\; alighting
intransitive verb
1 :to come down from something (such as a vehicle): such as
a :dismount
  • They alighted from the bus.
b :deplane
2 :to descend from or as if from the air and come to rest :land, settle
  • The bird alighted on a branch.
  • snow alighting on a roof
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

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Origin and Etymology of alight

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

alight Synonyms

Synonyms
land, light, perch, roost, settle, touch down
Antonyms
blast off, take off
Related Words
belly-land, crash-land
Near Antonyms
arise, ascend, climb, rise; float, fly, glide, plane, soar, wing; hang, hover

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alight

adjective

Definition of alight

1 chiefly British :being on fire
2 :lighted up
  • The sky was alight with stars.

Examples of alight in a Sentence

  1. The sky was alight with stars.

  2. Enemy soldiers set the building alight.

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Origin and Etymology of alight



ALIGHT Defined for English Language Learners

alight

verb

Definition of alight for English Language Learners

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

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


alight

adjective

Definition of alight for English Language Learners

  • : full of light : lighted up

  • : on fire


ALIGHT Defined for Kids

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alight

verb \ ə-ˈlīt \

Definition of alight for Students

alighted; alighting
1 :to get down :dismount
  • The riders alighted from their horses.
2 :to come down from the air and settle
  • Butterflies alighted on the flowers.

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alight

adjective

Definition of alight for Students

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


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