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spot

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of spot

  1. 1 a small area that is different (as in color) from the main part <in summer the white coat of the snow leopard is studded with brownish black spots> Synonyms blotch, dapple, dot, eyespot, fleck, mottle, patch, pip, point, speck, speckle, splotch Related Words birthmark, freckle, mole; blob, blot, mark, smear, smudge, smutch, stain; spatter, splash; polka dot

  2. 2 a difficult, puzzling, or embarrassing situation from which there is no easy escape <we're in a bit of a spot right now with our mortgage payments> Synonyms bind, box, catch-22, corner, dilemma, fix, hole, impasse, jackpot [chiefly West], jam, mire, pickle, quagmire, rabbit hole, rattrap, predicament, sticky wicket, swampRelated Words difficulty, node; hot water, soup; pinch, plight, quandary, scrape, trouble; deadlock, halt, logjam, stalemate, standstill; clutch, crisis, crossroad, emergency, exigency, juncture, strait

  3. 3 a mark of guilt or disgrace <scandalous conduct that will forever be a spot upon the family name> Synonyms blot, brand, onus, slur, smirch, smudge, stain, stigma, taintRelated Words black eye, discredit, disesteem, disgrace, dishonor, disrepute, guilt, ignominy, infamy, obloquy, odium, opprobrium, reproach, shame; corruption, debauchery, depravity, immorality, iniquity, licentiousness, sin, unscrupulousness, viceNear Antonyms award, credit, honor; chasteness, chastity, modesty, purity, stainlessness; good, right; honesty, integrity, legitimacy, probity, rectitude, scrupulousness, uprightness; goodness, righteousness, virtuousness; fame, glory, renown, repute

  4. 4 a very small amount <had only a spot of stew for dinner, as he wasn't very hungry> Synonyms ace, bit, crumb, dab, dram, driblet, glimmer, hint, lick, little, mite, nip, ounce, peanuts, ray, scintilla, scruple, shade, shadow, shred, skosh, smack, smell, smidgen (also smidgeon or smidgin or smidge), snap, soupçon, spark, spatter, speck, splash, particle, sprinkling, strain, streak, suspicion, tad, touch, traceRelated Words hoot, iota, jot, minim, minimum, modicum, semblance, syllable, tittle, vestige, whit; atom, dot, fleck, flyspeck, grain, granule, molecule, morsel, mote, nubbin, patch, scrap; dash, drop, pinch; part, portion, section; bite, nibble, taste; handful, scattering, smatter, smattering; dose, shot; chip, flake, fragment, shard, shiver, sliver, smithereens, splinter; shred, tatter; clipping, paring, shavingNear Antonyms abundance, barrel, boatload, bucket, bundle, bushel, deal, fistful, gobs, heaps, lashings (also lashins) [chiefly British], loads, lot, mass, mess, mountain, much, oodles, passel, peck, pile, plenty, potful, profusion, quantity, raft, reams, scads, stack, wad, wealth; volume; bonanza, embarrassment, excess, overabundance, overage, overflow, overkill, overmuch, oversupply, superabundance, superfluity, surfeit, surplus; chunk, hunk, lump, slab

  5. 5 the area or space occupied by or intended for something <the cat grabbed my spot on the couch the minute I stood up> Synonyms emplacement, locale, locality, location, locus, point, position, site, place, venue, whereRelated Words scene; precinct, region, section, sector; here, there




spot

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of spot

  1. 1 to mark with small spots especially unevenly <to give the effect of sunlight on water, the artist spotted the lake in his painting with flecks of gold paint> Synonyms blotch, dapple, dot, fleck, freckle, marble, mottle, pepper, shoot, speck, speckle, splotch, sprinkle, stipple Related Words blot, dye, stain; band, bar, streak, stripe; intersperse, set, stud; bespatter, spatter

  2. 2 to make note of (something) through the use of one's eyes <I spotted both of them as they tried to sneak out the back door> Synonyms behold, catch, descry, discern, distinguish, espy, eye, look (at), note, notice, observe, perceive, regard, remark, sight, see, spy, view, witnessRelated Words identify, make out, pick out, pick up; attend (to), consider, heed, mark, mind; study, watch; examine, inspect, scan, scrutinize, survey; glance (at), glimpse, peer (at)Near Antonyms disregard, ignore, neglect, overpass, pass over; miss, overlook

  3. 3 to cover by or as if by scattering something over or on <the TV networks had spotted reporters all over the state for the election> Synonyms bestrew, dot, pepper, sow, scatter, spray, sprinkle, strewRelated Words blanket, drizzle, dust; stud; dapple, fleck, speckle, stipple; bespatter, spatter




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