Verb alight Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:

(transitive) To make light or less heavy; lighten; alleviate.

More definition: dismount from a horse, descend from a vehicle, etc. settle or stay after descending, The bird alighted on the tree. encounter or notice something accidentally.

1.provided with light; lighted up.

2.on fire; burning.

1. (usually foll by from) to step out (of) or get down (from), to alight from a taxi

2. to come to rest; settle; land, a thrush alighted on the wall Word OriginOld English ālīhtan, from a-² + līhtan to make less heavy, from līhtlight² alight2 /əˈlaɪt/ adjective, adverb (postpositive)
1. burning; on fire

2. illuminated; lit up Word OriginOld English ālīht lit up, from ālīhtan to light up; see light1Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
"to descend, dismount," Old English alihtan, originally "to lighten, take off, take away," from a- "down, aside" (see a- (1)) + lihtan "get off, make light" (see light (v.)). The notion is of getting down off a horse or vehicle, thus lightening it. Of aircraft (originally balloons) from 178

6. Related, Alighted; alighting.
"on fire," early 15c., apparently from Middle English aliht, past participle of alihton (Old English on-lihtan) "to light up," also "to shine upon" (see light (n.)).


Prior to its construction, a school bus could only pass over it empty, necessitating the children to alight, walk, and rejoin their transportation of the far side.

The dwellings were alight and inns packed with refugees fleeing the eastern and southern portions of the city before they, too, died in the war.

Alight during each service till Whitsuntide.

Large "incense trees" resembling our Christmas trees, formed of incense-sticks and pastils and osselets, and alight all over, are borne by the Shiah Mussulmans in the solennial procession of the Mohurrum, in commemoration of the martyrdom of the sons of Ali.

The flowers contain no honey and are visited by pollen-seeking insects, which alight on the broad stigmatic surface.

The Bishop of Lincoln (see Lincoln Judgment), one of the counts of the indictment being that the bishop had, during the celebration of Holy Communion, allowed two candles to be alight on a shelf or retable behind the communion table when they were not necessary for giving light.

Night after night the geese came lumbering in the dark with a clangor and a whistling of wings, even after the ground was covered with snow, some to alight in Walden, and some flying low over the woods toward Fair Haven, bound for Mexico.

Prince Andrew got out of the carriage, helped his little wife to alight, and let her pass into the house before him.

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