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a·light 1

intr.v. a·light·ed or a·lit (ə-lĭt′), a·light·ing, a·lights
1. To come down and settle, as after flight: "A swarm of black birds flew across the road and alighted in a pecan tree" (Ernest J. Gaines).
2. To get down, as from a vehicle; dismount: The queen alighted from the carriage.
3. To come by chance: alight on a happy solution.

[Middle English alighten, from Old English ālīhtan : ā-, intensive pref. + līhtan, to relieve of a burden (from līht, light; see light2).]

a·light 2

1. Burning; lighted: The discarded match was still alight.
2. Illuminated: The sky was alight with millions of stars.

[Middle English, past participle of alighten, to set on fire, from Old English ālīhtan, to illuminate : ā-, intensive pref. + līhtan, to shine (from lēoht, a light; see light1).]

a·light′ adv.


vb (intr) , alights, alighting, alighted or alit
1. (usually foll by from) to step out (of) or get down (from): to alight from a taxi.
2. to come to rest; settle; land: a thrush alighted on the wall.
[Old English ālīhtan, from a-2 + līhtan to make less heavy, from līht light2]


adj, adv (postpositive)
1. burning; on fire
2. illuminated; lit up
[Old English ālīht lit up, from ālīhtan to light up; see light1]



v.i. a•light•ed a•lit, a•light•ing.
1. to dismount from a horse, descend from a vehicle, etc.
2. to settle or stay after descending; come to rest.
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English ālīhtan=ā- a-3 + līhtan to relieve (orig. an animal mount) of weight, light2]



adv., adj.
1. provided with light; lighted up.
2. on fire; burning.
[before 1000; now taken as a-1 + light1; orig. past participle of alight to light up (Middle English alihten, Old English onlīhtan=on- a-1 + līhtan to light1)]


If something is alight, it is burning.

The fire was safely alight.
A candle was alight on the chest of drawers.

To set something alight means to cause it to start burning.

...paraffin that had been poured on the ground and set alight.

Be Careful!
You do not use alight in front of a noun. You do not say, for example, 'People rushed out of the alight building'. You say 'People rushed out of the burning building'.


Past participle: alit/alighted
Gerund: alighting

I alight
you alight
he/she/it alights
we alight
you alight
they alight
I alit/alighted
you alit/alighted
he/she/it alit/alighted
we alit/alighted
you alit/alighted
they alit/alighted
Present Continuous
I am alighting
you are alighting
he/she/it is alighting
we are alighting
you are alighting
they are alighting
Present Perfect
I have alit/alighted
you have alit/alighted
he/she/it has alit/alighted
we have alit/alighted
you have alit/alighted
they have alit/alighted
Past Continuous
I was alighting
you were alighting
he/she/it was alighting
we were alighting
you were alighting
they were alighting
Past Perfect
I had alit/alighted
you had alit/alighted
he/she/it had alit/alighted
we had alit/alighted
you had alit/alighted
they had alit/alighted
I will alight
you will alight
he/she/it will alight
we will alight
you will alight
they will alight
Future Perfect
I will have alit/alighted
you will have alit/alighted
he/she/it will have alit/alighted
we will have alit/alighted
you will have alit/alighted
they will have alit/alighted
Future Continuous
I will be alighting
you will be alighting
he/she/it will be alighting
we will be alighting
you will be alighting
they will be alighting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been alighting
you have been alighting
he/she/it has been alighting
we have been alighting
you have been alighting
they have been alighting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been alighting
you will have been alighting
he/she/it will have been alighting
we will have been alighting
you will have been alighting
they will have been alighting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been alighting
you had been alighting
he/she/it had been alighting
we had been alighting
you had been alighting
they had been alighting
I would alight
you would alight
he/she/it would alight
we would alight
you would alight
they would alight
Past Conditional
I would have alit/alighted
you would have alit/alighted
he/she/it would have alit/alighted
we would have alit/alighted
you would have alit/alighted
they would have alit/alighted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.alight - to come to rest, settlealight - to come to rest, settle; "Misfortune lighted upon him"
land, set down - reach or come to rest; "The bird landed on the highest branch"; "The plane landed in Istanbul"
2.alight - come downalight - come down; "the birds alighted"  
come down, descend, go down, fall - move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way; "The temperature is going down"; "The barometer is falling"; "The curtain fell on the diva"; "Her hand went up and then fell again"
Adj.1.alight - lighted up by or as by fire or flame; "forests set ablaze (or afire) by lightning"; "even the car's tires were aflame"; "a night aflare with fireworks"; "candles alight on the tables"; "houses on fire"
lighted, lit - set afire or burning; "the lighted candles"; "a lighted cigarette"; "a lit firecracker"


1. get off, descend, get down, disembark, dismount Two men alighted from the vehicle.
2. land, light, settle, come down, descend, perch, touch down, come to rest A thrush alighted on a branch of the pine tree.
land rise, scale, mount, climb, go up, take off, soar, move up, ascend, lift off, fly up, float up


adjective lit up, bright, brilliant, shining, illuminated, fiery Her face was alight with happiness.
set alight set on fire, ignite, set ablaze, light, set burning, set aflame, set blazing, set flaming, set flaring The rioters set several buildings alight.

alight 1

To come to rest on the ground:
phrasal verb
alight on or upon
Archaic. To find or meet by chance:
bump into, chance on (or upon), come across, come on (or upon), find, happen on (or upon), light on (or upon), run across, run into, stumble on (or upon), tumble on.
Idiom: meet up with.

alight 2

On fire:
Idioms: in a blaze, in flames.
مُشْتَعِل، مَضْطَرِميَتَرَجَّل، يَنَزِل مِنيَحُطُّ
hořícípřistátsestoupitsnést sevystoupit
i brandlandestrålende
logandi, ljómandisetjaststíga út, fara niîur
zniesť sa


1 [əˈlaɪt] ADJ
1. (lit) to be alight [fire] → estar ardiendo; [lamp] → estar encendido or (LAm) prendido
to keep a fire alightmantener un fuego ardiendo
to set alightpegar fuego a, incendiar
2. (fig) alight with [+ happiness, enthusiasm] → resplandeciente de


2 [əˈlaɪt] VI
1. (from vehicle) → bajar, apearse (from de)
2. (on branch, etc) [bird, insect] → posarse (on sobre)
alight on VI + PREP [+ fact, idea] → caer en la cuenta de, darse cuenta de


(= lit) [match, fire] → allumé(e) (= on fire) [building, grass] → en feu
to set sth alight → mettre le feu à qch
to set o.s. alight → s'immoler par le feu
(fig) [eyes] → brillant(e); [face] → rayonnant(e)
to be alight with sth [+ excitement, pleasure, happiness, pride] [eyes] → briller de qch; [face] → rayonner de qch
to set sth alight (fig)enflammer qch
[passenger] → descendre; [bird] → se poser
to alight from sth → descendre de qch
to alight on [eyes] → se poser sur


1 (form)
(person)aussteigen (from aus); (from horse) → absitzen (from von)
(bird)sich niederlassen (→ on auf +dat); his eyes alighted on the ringsein Blick fiel auf den Ring
to alight on a fact/an idea etcauf ein Faktum/eine Idee etc stoßen


adj pred to be alight (fire)brennen; (building also)in Flammen stehen; to keep the fire alightdas Feuer in Gang halten; to set something alightetw in Brand setzen or stecken; her face was alight with pleasureihr Gesicht or sie glühte vor Freude


1 [əˈlaɪt] adj to be alight (building) → essere in fiamme; (fire) → essere acceso/a


2 [əˈlaɪt] vi (from vehicle) to alight (from)scendere (da); (bird) to alight (on)posarsi (su)


(əˈlait) past tense, past participle aˈlighted verb
1. to get down from or out of. to alight from a bus.
2. (with on) to settle or land on. The bird alighted on the fence.


(əˈlait) adjective
burning; very bright. The bonfire was still alight; His eyes were alight with joy.
References in classic literature ?
After crossing a low vale, through which a gushing brook meandered, he suddenly ascended a hill, so steep and difficult of ascent, that the sisters were compelled to alight in order to follow.
The chicken, hereupon, though almost as venerable in appearance as its, mother--possessing, indeed, the whole antiquity of its progenitors in miniature,--mustered vivacity enough to flutter upward and alight on Phoebe's shoulder.
They averred that the symbol was not mere scarlet cloth, tinged in an earthly dye-pot, but was red-hot with infernal fire, and could be seen glowing all alight whenever Hester Prynne walked abroad in the night-time.
And then they all three left Sir Kay, and turned unto Sir Launcelot, and there began great battle, for they alight all three, and strake many strokes at Sir Launcelot, and assailed him on every side.
The chariot halted at her door, and though the Princess had read of such beneficent personages, she never dreamed for an instant that one of them could ever alight at her cottage.
Its grey front stood out well from the background of a rookery, whose cawing tenants were now on the wing: they flew over the lawn and grounds to alight in a great meadow, from which these were separated by a sunk fence, and where an array of mighty old thorn trees, strong, knotty, and broad as oaks, at once explained the etymology of the mansion's designation.
Did they alight on the road in the course of the night?
For this reason, I resolved to alight as soon as we touched the town, and put myself out of his hearing.
Now Umslopogaas glanced up at the stone face of her who sat aloft, and it was alight with the sunset.
They will scour the jungle for him when he is far away, and we and our children must run when the grass is set alight.
As soon as it was alight, he threw on it a handful of perfumes, and pronounced a few words that I did not understand, and immediately a thick column of smoke rose high into the air.
The setting sun made the window panes glow like red flame; but the kitchen fire was not alight.