1. To make light or less heavy; lighten; alleviate.

Verb (etymology 2)

  1. To spring down, get down, or descend, as from on horseback or from a carriage; to dismount.
    Passengers are alighting from the carriage
  2. To descend and settle, lodge, rest, or stop.
    A flying bird alights on a tree
    Snow alights on a roof.
  3. To come or chance (upon).

Verb (etymology 3)

  1. To light; light up; illuminate.
  2. To set light to; light.


  1. Lit, on fire, switched on.
    The sticks were damp and wouldn't catch alight.
  2. Lit; on fire, burning.
    Her face was alight with happiness.

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