Alight meaning

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Alight is defined as something that is glowing or illuminated.

A Christmas tree that has 500 lights is an example of a tree that is alight.

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Alight means to get off or out of something or to land on something.

To get off of an airplane is an example of alight.

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To come down and settle, as after flight.
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To get down, as from a vehicle; dismount.

The queen alighted from the carriage.

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To come by chance.

Alight on a happy solution.

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Burning; lighted.

The discarded match was still alight.

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Illuminated.

The sky was alight with millions of stars.

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To get down or off; dismount.
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To come down after flight; descend and settle.
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To come (on or upon) accidentally.
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Lighted; burning.
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Lighted up.
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To make light or less heavy; lighten; alleviate.
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(intransitive, with from) To spring down, get down, or descend, as from on horseback or from a carriage; to dismount.

Passengers are alighting from the carriage.

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(intransitive, with on) To descend and settle, lodge, rest, or stop.

A flying bird alights on a tree.

Snow alights on a roof.

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(intransitive) To come or chance (upon).
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To light; light up; illuminate.
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To set light to; light.
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Lit, on fire, switched on.

The sticks were damp and wouldn't catch alight.

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(figuratively) Lit; on fire, burning.

Her face was alight with happiness.

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Origin of alight

  • Middle English past participle of alighten to set on fire from Old English ālīhtan to illuminate ā- intensive pref. līhtan to shine (from lēoht a light light1)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English alighten from Old English ālīhtan ā- intensive pref. līhtan to relieve of a burden (from līht light light2)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English alighten, from Old English ālīhtan (“to alight, dismount”), from prefix ā- (compare with Gothic us-, German er-, originally meaning "out") + līhtan (“to alight”), and Old English ġelīhtan (“to alight, approach, come, come down, dismount”), equivalent to a- +‎ light (“to dismount”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English alighten, from Old English ālīhtan (“to lighten, relieve, alleviate, take off, take away, alight”) and Old English ġelīhtan (“to lighten, mitigate, assuage”), equivalent to a- +‎ light (“not heavy”).

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  • From Middle English alighten, from Old English ālīhtan (“to light up, enlighten”), equivalent to a- +‎ light. Cognate with German erleuchten (“to light up, illuminate”).

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  • From Middle English alight, from Old English *ālīhted, past participle of ālīhtan (“to alight”). See above.

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