alight2 /əˈlʌɪt/


I. adverb, adjective

1. on fire; burning

[as adj.]

the house was alight when the firemen arrived
[as adv.]
flammable liquid was set alight.
2. shining brightly

[as adj.]

a single lamp was alight

‹figurative› the boy’s face was alight with excitement.

II. phrases

set the world alight
see set the world on fire at fire.
– origin late Middle English: probably from the phrase on a light (= lighted) fire.

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