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for To light a fire
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Light \Light\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lighted (l[imac]t"[e^]d) or
Lit (l[i^]t); p. pr. & vb. n. Lighting.] [AS. l[=y]htan,
l[imac]htan, to shine. [root]122. See Light, n.]
1. To set fire to; to cause to burn; to set burning; to
ignite; to kindle; as, to light a candle or lamp; to light
the gas; -- sometimes with up.
If a thousand candles be all lighted from one.
And the largest lamp is lit. --Macaulay.
Absence might cure it, or a second mistress
Light up another flame, and put out this. --Addison.
2. To give light to; to illuminate; to fill with light; to
spread over with light; -- often with up.
Ah, hopeless, lasting flames! like those that burn
To light the dead. --Pope.
One hundred years ago, to have lit this theater as
brilliantly as it is now lighted would have cost, I
suppose, fifty pounds. --F. Harrison.
The sun has set, and Vesper, to supply
His absent beams, has lighted up the sky. --Dryden.
3. To attend or conduct with a light; to show the way to by
means of a light.
His bishops lead him forth, and light him on.
To light a fire, to kindle the material of a fire.
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