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alight

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verb \ə-ˈlīt\

Definition of alight

alighted

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alit

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alighting

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to come down from something (such as a vehicle): such asa :  dismount <They alighted from the bus.>b :  deplane

  3. 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>

  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 and Etymology 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


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alight

adjective

Definition of alight

  1. 1 chiefly British :  being on fire

  2. 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.

Origin and Etymology of alight

see 1alight


First Known Use: 15th century



ALIGHT Defined for English Language Learners

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alight

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verb \ə-ˈlīt\

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.


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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

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verb \ə-ˈlīt\

Definition of alight for Students

alighted

alighting

  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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