Meaning of “alight” in the English Dictionary

"alight" in British English

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alightadjective [ after verb ]

uk /əˈlaɪt/ 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.

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)