highlight

noun
high·light | \ˈhī-ˌlīt \

Definition of highlight 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the lightest spot or area (as in a painting) added highlights to the painting has light brown hair with blond highlights : any of several spots in a drawing or painting that receives the greatest amount of illumination

2 : something (such as an event or detail) that is of major significance or special interest talked about the highlights of his trip to Europe

highlight

verb
highlighted; highlighting

Definition of highlight (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to throw a strong light on highlighting featured merchandise on the shelves

2a : to center attention on : emphasize, stress The speech will highlight the need for education reform.

b : to constitute a significant or especially interesting part of : to constitute a highlight of His trip to Europe was highlighted by a visit to Vatican City.

3a : to mark (text) with a highlighter

b : to cause (something, such as text or an icon) to be displayed in a way that stands out on an electronic screen (as of a computer or smartphone) highlighted the sentence and deleted it

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Synonyms & Antonyms for highlight

Synonyms: Verb

accent, accentuate, emphasize, feature, illuminate, play up, point (up), press, punctuate, stress

Antonyms: Verb

de-emphasize, play down

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Examples of highlight in a Sentence

Noun

I missed the game, but I saw the highlights on the evening news.

Verb

Unfortunately, the media insisted upon highlighting his troubled past. Our trip was highlighted by a great jazz concert we attended. The students highlighted important vocabulary words in their textbooks. Important names and dates in each chapter are highlighted.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Cincinnati Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton's defensive gems have become frequent contributors on baseball highlight reels. Dave Clark, Cincinnati.com, "Jim Riggleman: Billy Hamilton's latest defensive gem 'unbelievable'," 14 July 2018 Many of the points were short, with no rallies at all, but others were fit for a highlight reel. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "Kevin Anderson Outlasts John Isner in a Five-Set Marathon at Wimbledon," 13 July 2018 His dunks have been straight out of a highlight reel. Keith Pompey, Philly.com, "Cameron Oliver's summer league play with Sixers is turning heads," 12 July 2018 While the 19-year-old Mbappé has furnished some memorable, highlight-reel moments, for the most part France is more clinical than creative. Brian Straus, SI.com, "France vs. Croatia: A First Look at Their World Cup Final Matchup," 11 July 2018 Their 86-56 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies featured an avalanche of highlight-reel plays. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Five takeaways from the Magic’s summer-league win over the Grizzlies," 9 July 2018 Graham — who started in his pro debut — at one point delivered a highlight-reel 3/4-court pass to Malik Monk for a layup. Gary Bedore, kansascity, "Former KU guard Devonté Graham signs contract, produces in first game for Hornets," 6 July 2018 Ognenovic had a strong offseason of 7-on-7 work with South Florida Express and making highlight-reel catches in various camps. David Furones, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Gibbons TE Nikolas Ognenovic: Kentucky commitment 'what my heart was telling me'," 5 July 2018 But there was Pavard at the heart of the matter on Saturday, making his mark — and the World Cup highlight reel. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Benjamin Pavard, and His World Cup Highlight, Came Out of Nowhere," 4 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As in previous years, the mayor will highlight city projects that have been completed or are underway. Karen Huppertz, ajc, "Public invited to Peachtree Corners’ state of the city address," 12 July 2018 The organization specifically highlights three eye conditions that people with eyelid eczema should have on their radar: pink eye, keratitis, and keratoconus. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s Exactly What to Do About Eczema on Your Eyelid," 3 July 2018 Runners can celebrate our nation’s independence in races, highlighted by the traditional Four on the 4th, a four-mile run/walk down Ward Parkway. Dan Kelly, kansascity, "Don’t have Independence Day plans? Here’s everything going on around KC July 3-4," 2 July 2018 The survey also highlighted seven officers who took in more than 100 drunk drivers last year. Rafael Guerrero, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin police tallied more DUI arrests than any other suburb in 2017, new survey says," 29 June 2018 The show will highlight Celtic music from Scotland and Ireland. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "Poway Summer Concert Series begins Sunday," 20 June 2018 In fact, an entire page of the school’s website highlights the use of the campus as a location for Grease. Jared Cowan, Los Angeles Magazine, "Every L.A. Filming Location From Grease, 40 Years Later," 15 June 2018 An emerging body of research has begun to highlight the negative impact that weight stigma and discrimination has on weight loss. Kevin Klatt, SELF, "Why Weight Loss Diets Fail," 26 June 2018 Ybarra’s news release highlighted snapshots of improvement in schools from Lava Hot Springs to Marsing to Nezperce, but the state did not release district- or school-level scores Monday. Kevin Richert, idahostatesman, "Idaho's spring standardized test scores improved. But the SAT had lackluster numbers.," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of highlight

Noun

1658, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1881, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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More Definitions for highlight

highlight

noun

English Language Learners Definition of highlight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something (such as an event or a detail) that is very interesting, exciting, or important : the best part of something

: a light spot or area

highlight

verb

English Language Learners Definition of highlight (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make or try to make people notice or be aware of (someone or something) : to direct attention to (someone or something)

: to be a very interesting, exciting, or important part of (something)

: to mark (something, such as text) with a bright color

highlight

noun
high·light | \ˈhī-ˌlīt \

Kids Definition of highlight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a very interesting event or detail He mentioned the highlights of his trip.

highlight

verb
highlighted; highlighting

Kids Definition of highlight (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : emphasize The speech highlighted the problems we face.

2 : to be an interesting event or detail Dinner highlighted the evening.

3 : to mark with a highlighter Highlight your spelling words.

4 : to cause (something on a computer screen) to be displayed in a way that stands out

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