- Rhymes: -aɪt
- To overtake with night; especially of a traveller, etc.: to be caught out by oncoming night before reaching one's destination.
- 1815 February 24, [Walter Scott], chapter I, in Guy Mannering; or, The Astrologer. [...] In Three Volumes, volume I, Edinburgh: Printed by James Ballantyne and Co. for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, […]; and Archibald Constable and Co., […], OCLC 742335644, page 4:
- The public road, however, was tolerably well-made and safe, so that the prospect of being benighted brought with it no real danger.
- To darken; to shroud or obscure.
- To plunge or be overwhelmed in moral or intellectual darkness.
to overtake with night; to be caught out by oncoming night before reaching one's destination
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- OED 2nd edition 1989