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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.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book II:
      And at the last he entryd in to a chambyr that was merueillously wel dyzte and rychely, and a bedde arayed with clothe of gold [...].
  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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