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Definition of alight verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    alight

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//əˈlaɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈlaɪt//
     
    (formal or literary)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they alight
    BrE BrE//əˈlaɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈlaɪt//
     
    he / she / it alights
    BrE BrE//əˈlaɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈlaɪts//
     
    past simple alighted
    BrE BrE//əˈlaɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈlaɪtɪd//
     
    past participle alighted
    BrE BrE//əˈlaɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈlaɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form alighting
    BrE BrE//əˈlaɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈlaɪtɪŋ//
     
    Train and bus travel
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] alight (in/on/upon something) (of a bird or an insect) to land in or on something after flying to it synonym land
  2. 2[intransitive] alight (from something) to get out of a bus, a train or other vehicle synonym get off Do not alight from a moving bus. See related entries: Train and bus travel
  3. Word Originverb Old English ālīhtan, from ā- (as an intensifier) + līhtan ‘descend’.Extra examples A butterfly fluttered by and alighted on a rose. Several birds alighted on the branches of the tree. Storks alight in the tops of trees to roost. Alight here for the National Conference Centre. Do not alight while the bus is in motion. She alighted at a little station at the foot of the hill. Phrasal Verbsalight on something
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