Alight Definition

ə-līt
alighted, alighting, alights, alit
verb
alighted, alighting, alights
To get down or off; dismount.
Webster's New World
To come down after flight; descend and settle.
Webster's New World
To come (on or upon) accidentally.
Webster's New World
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.
YourDictionary

To make light or less heavy; lighten; alleviate.

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adjective
Lighted; burning.
Webster's New World
Lighted up.
Webster's New World
Illuminated.
The sky was alight with millions of stars.
American Heritage
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.
YourDictionary

Lit, on fire, switched on.

The sticks were damp and wouldn't catch alight.
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Origin of Alight

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • 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 light up, enlighten”), equivalent to a- +‎ light. Cognate with German erleuchten (“to light up, illuminate”).

    From Wiktionary

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

    From Wiktionary

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