alight
Pronunciation Verb

alight (alights, present participle alighting; past and past participle alighted)

  1. (intransitive, with from) To get off or exit a vehicle or animal; to descend; to dismount.
    He alighted from his horse.
    Passengers are alighting from the carriage.
  2. (intransitive, with on or at) To descend and settle, lodge, rest, or stop.
    A flying bird alights on a tree.
    Snow alights on a roof.
    • 1886-88, Richard F. Burton, The Supplemental Nights to the Thousand Nights and a Night:
      Now when he had reached the King's capital wherein was Alaeddin, he alighted at one of the Kháns; and, when he had rested from the weariness of wayfare, he donned his dress and went down to wander about the streets, where he never passed a group without hearing them prate about the pavilion and its grandeur and vaunt the beauty of Alaeddin and his lovesomeness, his liberality and generosity, his fine manners and his good morals.
  3. (intransitive, followed by upon) To find by accident; to come upon.
  4. (intransitive) To befall or betide.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, I.iii:
      His fearefull friends weare out the wofull night, / Ne dare to weepe, nor seeme to vnderstand / The heauie hap, which on them is alight, / Affraid, least to themselues the like mishappen might.
Synonyms Translations Translations Verb

alight (alights, present participle alighting; past and past participle alighted)

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

alight (alights, present participle alighting; past and past participle alit)

  1. (transitive) To light; light up; illuminate.
  2. (transitive) To set light to; light.
Adjective

alight (not comparable)

  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.
Translations
  • Russian: светя́щийся
Translations
  • Russian: сия́ющий



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