alight on/upon

alight on/upon
alight on/upon [phrasal verb]
alight on/upon (something) : to see, notice, or think of (something)

Her eye/eyes alighted on a strange man in the crowd.

a speaker who easily alights upon topics that interest a wide audience

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  • alight — a|light1 [əˈlaıt] adj [not before noun] [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: Probably from a + light] 1.) burning ▪ The car was set alight and pushed over a hill. 2.) literary someone whose face or eyes are alight looks excited, happy, etc alight with… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • alight upon — alight (up)on (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb Archaic. To find or meet by chance: bump into, chance on (or upon), come across, come on (or upon), find, happen on (or upon), light on (or upon), run across, run into, stumble on (or upon), tumble on.… …   English dictionary for students

  • alight on — alight (up)on (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb Archaic. To find or meet by chance: bump into, chance on (or upon), come across, come on (or upon), find, happen on (or upon), light on (or upon), run across, run into, stumble on (or upon), tumble on.… …   English dictionary for students

  • Alight — A*light , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Alighted}sometimes {Alit}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Alighting}.] [OE. alihten, fr. AS. [=a]l[=i]htan; pref. [=a] (cf. Goth. us , G. er , orig. meaning out) + l[=i]htan, to alight, orig. to render light, to remove a burden… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • alight — alight1 [ə līt′] vi. alighted or alit, alighting [ME alighten < OE ālīhtan < a , out, off + līhtan, to dismount, render light < liht: see LIGHT2 (to dismount)] 1. to get down or off; dismount 2. to come down after flight; descend and… …   English World dictionary

  • alight — [[t]əla͟ɪt[/t]] alights, alighting, alighted 1) ADJ: v n ADJ, v link ADJ If something is alight, it is burning. Several buildings were set alight... The gas fire was still alight. Syn: ablaze 2) ADJ: v link ADJ, oft ADJ with n If someone s eyes… …   English dictionary

  • alight — {{11}}alight (adj.) 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 (Cf. light) (n.)). {{12}}alight (v.) to descend, dismount, O.E. alihtan, originally to lighten, take… …   Etymology dictionary

  • alight — I. /əˈlaɪt / (say uh luyt) verb (i) (alighted or alit /əˈlɪt / (say uh lit), alighting) 1. to get down from a horse or out of a vehicle; dismount. 2. to settle or stay after descending: a bird alights on a tree. 3. (of aircraft) to land. –phrase… …  

  • alight upon — Synonyms and related words: blunder upon, bump into, chance upon, come across, come among, come down on, come on, come up against, come upon, confront, descend upon, discover serendipitously, drop on, encounter, fall across, fall among, fall foul …   Moby Thesaurus

  • alight — I v 1. get off, disembark, debark, deplane, detrain, debus; pile off, pile out. 2. land, touch down, settle down, light upon, pitch upon, descend upon, drop down on, come to rest upon; perch, lodge, settle, settle on, descend and settle. 3.… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

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