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Old English dihtan, from Latin dictāre. Compare dictate; and also parallel formations in German dichten, Dutch dichten, Swedish dikta.



dight (third-person singular simple present dights, present participle dighting, simple past and past participle dight)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To deal with, handle.
  2. (obsolete, transitive) To have sexual intercourse with.
  3. (obsolete, transitive) To dispose, put (in a given state or condition).
  4. (obsolete, transitive) To compose, make.
    • 14c., Anonymous, The Chester Mystery Plays, Noah's Flood,:
      Japhet's Wife: And I will gather chippes here / To make a fyer for you in feare, / And for to dighte your dinnere / Agayne you come in.
  5. (archaic, transitive) To furnish, equip.
  6. (archaic, transitive) To dress, array; to adorn.
    • 1645, John Milton, L'Allegro:
      Right against the eastern gate, / Where the great sun begins his state, / Robed in flames, and amber light, / The clouds in thousand liveries dight [].
  7. (archaic, transitive) To make ready, prepare.

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