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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.
Third person singular
- (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.
- (intransitive) (with on) To descend and settle, lodge, rest, or stop; as, a flying bird alights on a tree, snow alights on a roof.
- (intransitive) To come or chance (upon).
Adjectivealight (not comparable)
- Lit; on fire, switched on.
- The sticks were damp and wouldn't catch alight.
- (figuratively) Lit; on fire, burning.
- Her face was alight with happiness.
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