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"alight" in British English

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alightadjective [after verb]

uk   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.

alightverb

uk   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 ​unexpectedlysee something: As she ​glanced round the ​room her ​eyes alighted upon a ​smallchild. I ​spent an ​hour in the ​bookshop before alighting on the ​perfectpresent.
(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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