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alight

adjective [after verb] uk   us   /əˈlaɪt/

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.

alight adjective [after verb] (SHINING BRIGHTLY)

brightly lit up: The sky was alight with hundreds of fireworks. literary showing excitement and happiness: Her eyes were alight with mischief.

alight

verb uk   us   /əˈlaɪt/ old-fashioned

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.

alight verb (LAND ON)

[I + adv/prep] formal to land on something: A butterfly alighted gently on the flower. [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.
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