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Etymology 1

Middle English alihten, from Old English ā lī htan; prefix ā- (compare with Gothic us-, German er-, originally meaning out) + lī htan, to alight, originally to render light, to remove a burden from, from lī ht, leoht, light. See also light.

Verb

Infinitive
to alight

Third person singular
alights

Simple past
alighted or alit

Past participle
-

Present participle
alighting

to alight (third-person singular simple present alights, present participle alighting, simple past and past participle alighted or alit)
  1. (intransitive) (with from) To spring down, get down, or descend, as from on horseback or from a carriage; to dismount; as , passengers alighting from the carriage.
  2. (intransitive) (with on) To descend and settle, lodge, rest, or stop; as, a flying bird alights on a tree, snow alights on a roof.
  3. (intransitive) To come or chance (upon).

Etymology 2

Prefix a- + light.

Adjective

alight (not comparable)

Positive
alight

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Lit; on fire, switched on.
    The sticks were damp and wouldn't catch alight.
  2. (figuratively) Lit; on fire, burning.
    Her face was alight with happiness.

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