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verb

  • 1no object, with adverbial of place Descend from a train, bus, or other form of transport.

    ‘he was the only passenger to alight from the train’
    • ‘visitors should alight at the Fort Road stop’
    • ‘the conductor alights to push the cable car completely around’
    get off, step off, get down
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    1. 1.1(of a bird) descend from the air and settle.
      • ‘a lovely blue swallow alighted on a branch’
      land, come down, come to rest, touch down, light, arrive, descend
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Pronunciation

alight

/əˈlīt/ /əˈlaɪt/

Phrasal Verbs

    alight on
    • alight on somethingFind something by chance; notice something.

      ‘her eyes alighted on the item in question’
      • ‘His gaze alighted on the journalist Eleanor Mills, by chance the stepdaughter of a Cabinet minister.’
      • ‘He briefly alights on the historical context of Mongolian expansionism.’
      • ‘His hand alights on the Virgin Mother in her blue robe; his thumb presses feverishly over the contours of her face and form, then freezes as recognition of some kind descends.’
      • ‘Asked to pick out a product with the greatest potential, Cairnduff alights on a set of two paintings - one of a man, the other of a woman in a bar - at £60 the pair.’
      • ‘In adopting it he alights on areas that others might have missed and creates what is surely some of the most extraordinary and original writing currently in print.’
      • ‘The eye alights on a shoe here, the leg of a doll, bedding, pictures and shards of broken mirror.’
      • ‘I don't mean this to be a criticism, but doctors tend to lump any ache or pain which alights on me in with my cancer.’
      • ‘Your glance alights on a lean volume or skinny pamphlet; your fingertip tugs it out.’
      • ‘Cosima and her daughters, alighting on Winifred, sent Siegfried on his journey to see her with reminders about his need to fulfil ‘his highest duty’ for the family.’
      • ‘However, one reporter, from the Times, was allowed to have 20 guesses before alighting on Kelly's name.’
      • ‘He postulated a possibility that they may not be found and that is the only part of his statement that you're now alighting on.’
      • ‘However my eyes alighted on passion cake.’
      • ‘As a full-paid up member of the Dessert Club, my beady little eyes glinted in delight when they alighted on the puddings.’
      • ‘Each drawer pulled or cabinet opened was an adventure as Roy's gaze swept across the objects and alighted on one or another splendid or quirky piece.’
      • ‘Out of 150 or so shares, theirs were alighted on the two greatest corporate disaster zones in the big stock arena.’
      • ‘It does not seem to have struck the organisers as at all odd or ironic that a sustainable development summit should have alighted on this city as its venue.’
      • ‘Choosing a programme for his tribute concert was easy, says Currie, who has alighted on some of the most exciting and varied choral works in the canon.’
      • ‘Settling down with a cup of tea and the sports section of the Sunday paper, my eye alighted on an article.’
      • ‘One evening, head on pillow, running through the failures of the day, my mind alighted on one particularly dissatisfying issue.’
      • ‘Her fingers alight on a blue-bound novel and she opens it randomly.’

Origin

Old English ālīhtan, from ā- (as an intensifier) + līhtan ‘descend’ (see light).

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adjective

predicative
  • 1On fire; burning.

    ‘the house was alight when the firemen arrived’
    • ‘flammable liquid was set alight’
    • ‘A sub-standard home is scheduled to be set alight by fire crews, then demolished by a digger.’
    • ‘Mr Swales said they were also concerned about surrounding businesses as the blaze started to spread and set alight a fourth floor fire escape door on an adjoining building.’
    • ‘There are always little fires being set alight every day.’
    • ‘A search of the gutted property, one of a row of houses set alight just a week earlier, was made after a neighbour reported hearing cries for help.’
    • ‘Cars were also set alight close to Leinster House, the Irish Parliament Buildings, amid heightening violence.’
    • ‘Years later he would confess among his past sins the desire to set alight the house with his mother and stepfather in it.’
    • ‘About 5.00 am the Paschal Fire will be set alight and it will be blazing brightly in the sky as people file up for the 6.00m Mass.’
    • ‘The fire was still alight, as a burning island floating on the water filled pit.’
    • ‘Many houses were alight and the fire was now enormous.’
    • ‘Oh good I thought, but apparently I slept through the car being set alight, the firemen coming and a tow truck.’
    • ‘The Scout Group's base, in was completely gutted by fire after it was deliberately set alight last night.’
    • ‘The 60-year-old was trapped inside his home for crucial minutes while fire crews dealt with rubbish set alight by pranksters on the other side of town.’
    • ‘Fire officers are certain her faulty electric blanket started the fire in which her hair and nightdress caught alight.’
    • ‘The fire in the bucket set alight the sundeck and quickly spread to the rear of the house.’
    • ‘A burning car exploded and shattered the front room window of a house in Rawcliffe Avenue, Breightmet, after being set alight early today.’
    • ‘And as soon as it's dumped, it's usually set alight, sending smoke into their houses.’
    • ‘The carpet and décor caught alight from the flames and the temperature rose in an instant.’
    • ‘Everything was in shambles, set alight with fire and misted by smoke.’
    • ‘The house was petrol bombed and set alight several times during this time.’
    • ‘Rommel ordered houses upstream of the crossing point to be set alight in order to provide a smoke-screen.’
    on fire, ablaze, aflame, in flames, flaming, burning, blazing, raging, fiery, lit, lighted, ignited
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    1. 1.1Shining brightly.
      ‘a single lamp was alight’
      • ‘the boy's face was alight with excitement’
      • ‘Her eyes widened with fright and awe; they were alight with a bright white flame, as was every other place on her body she could see.’
      • ‘Kathryn nodded; her bright blue eyes alight with excitement.’
      • ‘As I slept, the moon outside shone brightly, and the black sky was alight with stars blinking down over my little neighborhood in suburban New York.’
      • ‘If the sitting room we were in was alight with all the lamps I'm sure my face would have looked a color similar to that of a beetroot.’
      • ‘The market stalls were alight with radiant colour; silk ribbons, fur scarves in all the shades of the rainbow.’
      • ‘His blonde hair was bright and neatly combed, his soft brown eyes alight with the essence of life itself.’
      • ‘The cemetery is alight with candles that night.’
      • ‘No sky alight with revelation crowns this picture, only a small triangle congested greeny-yellow by the monsoon, crammed against the top of the frame by the massif.’
      • ‘When he joined the company as finance director six years ago, the City was alight with speculation that it was about to be taken over.’
      • ‘Okocha has set English football alight with his increasingly stunning form and dazzling skills, sparking rumours that he is destined for a bigger stage.’
      • ‘But celebrations were happier in Australia, where Sydney's famous harbour was alight with colourful fireworks.’
      • ‘I remember this painting setting me alight with inspiration 30 years ago.’
      • ‘It certainly seems to have failed to set Dublin alight with our more customary northern passion.’
      • ‘It was he who set the new era alight with three tries against the French in Paris in 2000.’
      • ‘His face was alight with an exultant expression.’
      • ‘The wolf turned around, his eyes alight with fury.’
      • ‘For a moment, Anna's face would be alight with sunshine, and then the next a shadow of leaves would be cast over it, before it opened into sunlight again.’
      • ‘The chapel was as pretty as the entrance hall, if not more so; every window was adorned with stained glass, and so the whole room was alight with color.’
      • ‘Midori chirped, her face alight with excitement.’
      • ‘The Captain shrieked, his face alight with fury.’
      lit up, gleaming, glowing, aglow, ablaze, illuminated, brilliant, bright, shining, radiant, shimmering, sparkling, flashing, dazzling, luminous, incandescent
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Pronunciation

alight

/əˈlīt/ /əˈlaɪt/

Phrases

    set the world alight
    • Do something remarkable or sensational.

      • ‘the team includes great players who could set the world alight’

Origin

Late Middle English probably from the phrase on a light (= lighted) fire.