alight

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 [əˈlaɪt]


Inflections of 'alight' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
alights
v 3rd person singular
alighting
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
alighted
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
alit
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed." (Less common)
alighted
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
alit
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked." (Less common)
WordReference Collins English Usage © 2019
alight
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’.
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