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"alight" in British English

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alightadjective [after verb]

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

alightverb

uk   /əˈlaɪt/ us   /əˈlaɪt/ old-fashioned
  • 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.
(Definition of alight from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"alight" in American English

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alightverb [I]

us   /əˈlɑɪt/
  • alight verb [I] (GET OUT)

to get out of a vehicle: He helped her alight from the train.
  • alight verb [I] (TO LAND)

to come down from the air and land: The butterfly alighted on a flower.
(Definition of alight from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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