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alight

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/ 蓹藞la瑟t /
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verb (used without object), a路light路ed or a路lit, a路light路ing.
to dismount from a horse, descend from a vehicle, etc.
to settle or stay after descending: The bird alighted on the tree.
to encounter or notice something accidentally.
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Origin of alight

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before 1000; Middle English alighten,Old English 膩l墨htan, equivalent to 膩-a-3 + l墨htan to relieve (originally an animal mount) of weight, light2)

Other definitions for alight (2 of 2)

alight2
[ uh-lahyt ]
/ 蓹藞la瑟t /

adverb, adjective
provided with light; lighted up.
on fire; burning.

Origin of alight

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before 1000; now taken as a-1 + light1; originally past participle of alight to light up (Middle English alihten,Old English onl墨htan, equivalent to ona-1 + l墨htan to light1)
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British Dictionary definitions for alight (1 of 2)

alight1
/ (蓹藞la瑟t) /

verb alights, alighting, alighted or alit (intr)
(usually foll by from) to step out (of) or get down (from)to alight from a taxi
to come to rest; settle; landa thrush alighted on the wall

Word Origin for alight

Old English 膩l墨htan, from a- 虏 + l墨htan to make less heavy, from l墨ht light

British Dictionary definitions for alight (2 of 2)

alight2
/ (蓹藞la瑟t) /

adjective, adverb (postpositive)
burning; on fire
illuminated; lit up

Word Origin for alight

Old English 膩l墨ht lit up, from 膩l墨htan to light up; see light 1
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