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Pronunciation: /əˈlʌɪt
 
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verb

1 [no object, with adverbial of place] formal Descend from a train, bus, or other form of transport: visitors should alight at the Fort Road stop
More example sentences
  • Passengers alighting from trains at the city railway station have no easy access to the two bus stations; the subway is of little help and has been vandalised.
  • Police - using a drug-detecting sniffer dog - swooped on suspect passengers boarding and alighting from trains.
  • From the overbridge the pair warned passengers alighting from the train to avoid the Leeds fans by going a different way.
Synonyms
1.1(Of a bird) descend from the air and settle: one bird alighted on the arm of my chair
More example sentences
  • Like birds alighting for a while on a newly seeded lawn, they will peck away at all the possibilities until they have exhausted this area and then move on to another form.
  • On another occasion, an origami bird alights by letters in a banner hanging on a wall.
  • A big, majestic study for this sculpture, in pastel, charcoal and acrylic on brown paper, finds two shadowy birds alighting, and a ghostly doubled head, its mouth stretched painfully wide.
Synonyms
land, come down, come to rest, touch down, light, arrive, descend;
settle, perch, roost, sit, rest

Origin

Old English ālīhtan, from ā- (as an intensifier) + līhtan 'descend' (see light3).

Phrasal verbs

alight on

1
Find by chance; notice: her eyes alighted on the item in question
More example sentences
  • 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.

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alight2

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adverb& adjective

1On fire; burning: [as adjective]: the house was alight when the firemen arrived [as adverb]: flammable liquid was set alight
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  • 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.
Synonyms
1.1Shining brightly: [as adjective]: a single lamp was alight figurative the boy’s face was alight with excitement
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms

Origin

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

Phrases

set the world alight

1
see set the world on fire at fire.
Example sentences
  • By all reports the team haven't been setting the world alight and hopefully we can concentrate on our performance and get a decent result that we really need after the first two results.
  • Hawick have ground out results this season to become the Champions without setting the world alight in terms of their scoring prowess.
  • It is going to be a real struggle and she won't be setting the world alight with how fast she runs it.

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