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alight1

[uh-lahyt] /əˈlaɪt/
verb (used without object), alighted or alit, alighting.
1.
to dismount from a horse, descend from a vehicle, etc.
2.
to settle or stay after descending:
The bird alighted on the tree.
3.
to encounter or notice something accidentally.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English alighten, Old English ālīhtan, equivalent to ā- a-3 + līhtan to relieve (originally an animal mount) of weight, light2)
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Examples for alighted
  • All that was a bit too much to convey to my actress friend, who soon alighted from the subway.
  • He alighted, and takes his sling for them out of the chariot.
  • The unsuspecting couple alighted from a limo, she in a glittering white gown and he in a crisp tuxedo.
  • My mouth must have gone slack: a snowflake alighted on my tongue.
  • Soon a flash of silver will tell you on which post the plover has alighted and folded his long wings.
  • The bird by that time had been joined by a second one which had alighted to feed on a tiny food morsel it had been carrying.
  • Appellant was identified as the individual who had been driving and had alighted from the truck.
  • While on wing, they emitted an oft repeated soft whistling note, but the moment they alighted they became silent.
  • They alighted upon the table, on the hands, and on the dress of those near.
British Dictionary definitions for alighted

alight1

/əˈlaɪt/
verb (intransitive) alights, alighting, alighted, 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
Word Origin
Old English ālīhtan, from a-² + līhtan to make less heavy, from līhtlight²

alight2

/əˈlaɪt/
adjective, adverb (postpositive)
1.
burning; on fire
2.
illuminated; lit up
Word Origin
Old English ālīht lit up, from ālīhtan to light up; see light1
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Word Origin and History for alighted
alight
"to descend, dismount," O.E. alihtan, from a- "down, aside" (see a- (1)) + lihtan "get off, make light" (see light (v.)).
alight
"on fire," early 15c., apparently from M.E. aliht, pp. of alihton (O.E. on-lihtan) "to light up," also "to shine upon" (see light (n.)).
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