Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To light; light up; illuminate.
  • To set light to; light (a fire, lamp, etc.).
  • To make light or less heavy; lighten; alleviate.
  • Provided with light; lighted up; illuminated.
  • To get down or descend, as from horseback or from a carriage; dismount.
  • To settle or lodge after descending: as, a bird alights on a tree; snow alights on a roof.
  • To fall (upon); come (upon) accidentally, or without design; light: as, to alight on a particular passage in a book, or on a particular fact; to alight on a rare plant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Lighted; lighted up; in a flame.
  • intransitive verb To spring down, get down, or descend, as from on horseback or from a carriage; to dismount.
  • intransitive verb To descend and settle, lodge, rest, or stop
  • intransitive verb rare To come or chance (upon).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb intransitive To spring down, get down, or descend, as from on horseback or from a carriage; to dismount.
  • verb intransitive, with on To descend and settle, lodge, rest, or stop.
  • verb intransitive To come or chance (upon).
  • verb transitive To make light or less heavy; lighten; alleviate.
  • verb transitive To light; light up; illuminate.
  • verb transitive To set light to; light.
  • adjective Lit, on fire, switched on.
  • adjective figuratively Lit; on fire, burning.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb to come to rest, settle
  • adjective lighted up by or as by fire or flame
  • verb come down

Etymologies

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From Middle English alighten, from Old English ālīhtan ("to alight, dismount"), from prefix ā- (compare with Gothic us-, German er-, originally meaning "out") + līhtan ("to alight"), and Old English ġelīhtan ("to alight, approach, come, come down, dismount"), equivalent to a- +‎ light (“to dismount”).

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From Middle English alighten, from Old English ālīhtan ("to lighten, relieve, alleviate, take off, take away, alight") and Old English ġelīhtan ("to lighten, mitigate, assuage"), equivalent to a- +‎ light (“not heavy”).

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From Middle English alighten, from Old English ālīhtan ("to light up, enlighten"), equivalent to a- +‎ light. Cognate with German erleuchten ("to light up, illuminate").

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English alight, from Old English *ālīhted, past participle of ālīhtan ("to alight"). See above.

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  • No-one but the coach-driver saw her alight from the carriage, though, when it was a bare two miles from town.

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  • Laurence Olivier and Dora Bryan glancing up at it as they alight from the Brighton Belle.

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  • We stopped at a meadow to share our lemonade and my sister and I noticed how tenderly Manuel helped his wife to alight from the car.

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  • As for Willie Rennie, well he's not going to set the Commons alight is he?

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  • We stopped at a meadow to share our lemonade and my sister and I noticed how tenderly Manuel helped his wife to alight from the car.

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  • The death record of a man killed by the cars at Wells while "Attempting to board or alight from a moving train" is made more poignant by the notation that he was "by tools found in his pocket supposed a shoe laster."

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  • Tracey turned to George, her expression alight with curiosity.

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  • The percussionists alight from the front seat to do their own unloading.

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  • The second time I visited Canada was last year, and then I had not time to alight from the train from Vancouver to New York, once more by Niagara.

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