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noun spot·light \ˈspät-ˌlīt\

Simple Definition of spotlight

  • : a device that directs a narrow, bright beam of light on a small area

  • : the area of light created by a spotlight

  • the spotlight : public attention or notice

Full Definition of spotlight

  1. 1a :  a projected spot of light used to illuminate brilliantly a person, object, or group on a stageb :  public notice or attention <held the political spotlight>

  2. 2a :  a light designed to direct a narrow intense beam of light on a small areab :  something that illuminates brilliantly

Examples of spotlight

  1. They aimed the spotlight at the center of the stage.

  2. A spotlight moved across the stage.

  3. The actor stood in the spotlight.

  4. a baseball star who hates the spotlight

  5. They're always in the spotlight.

  6. The news article turned the spotlight on the city's financial problems.


First Known Use of spotlight


Rhymes with spotlight

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transitive verb spot·light

Simple Definition of spotlight

  • : to shine a spotlight on (someone or something)

  • : to give special attention to (something)

Full Definition of spotlight

spotlight·ed or -litspotlight·ing

  1. 1 :  to illuminate with a spotlight

  2. 2 :  to direct attention to :  highlight

Examples of spotlight

  1. She was spotlighted as she sang her solo.

  2. The news spotlighted the city's financial problems.


First Known Use of spotlight


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