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alight

adjective [after verb] uk   /əˈlaɪt/ us  

alight adjective [after verb] (BURNING)

burning: I had to use a bit of petrol to get the fire alight. The rioters overturned several cars and set them alight. He was smoking in bed and his blankets caught alight.Burning, burnt and on fire

alight adjective [after verb] (SHINING BRIGHTLY)

brightly lit up: The sky was alight with hundreds of fireworks.Emitting and casting light literary showing excitement and happiness: Her eyes were alight with mischief.Excited, interested and enthusiastic

alight

verb uk   /əˈlaɪt/ old-fashioned us  

alight verb (GET OUT OF)

[I] formal to get out of a vehicle, especially a train or bus: The suspect alighted from the train at Euston and proceeded to Heathrow.Boarding and alighting from modes of transport

alight verb (LAND ON)

[I + adv/prep] formal to land on something: A butterfly alighted gently on the flower.Boarding and alighting from modes of transport [I + adv/prep] literary to find or unexpectedly see something: As she glanced round the room her eyes alighted upon a small child. I spent an hour in the bookshop before alighting on the perfect present.Finding and discovering
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