highlight

noun
high·​light | \ ˈhī-ˌlīt How to pronounce highlight (audio) \

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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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

Sightseeing was fun, but being a part of the collection was the highlight of Attal’s adventure. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Go Behind the Scenes of Dior’s Marrakech Extravaganza With Model Nora Attal," 30 Apr. 2019 Arya’s killing of the Night King was undoubtedly the highlight of the episode, however, actor Maisie Williams wasn’t so confident the audience would enjoy the choice. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Maisie Williams Thought People Would Underestimate Arya Stark and Her Destiny in "Game of Thrones"," 29 Apr. 2019 Turns out, that performance is the highlight of Spieth’s past year. Paul Newberry, The Seattle Times, "Masters: What’s wrong with Jordan Spieth?," 11 Apr. 2019 There’s a big ol’ patch note dump at Bethesda’s site but those are the highlights. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Heroes of the Storm winds down, Monster Hunter adds The Witcher's Geralt," 14 Dec. 2018 As with every meetup, the conversation bubbling around the dusty rose-colored room was the highlight. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "Inside the Women Who Travel Meetups: San Francisco," 28 Nov. 2018 While matte black Surfaces, headphones with Cortana, and a new Surface Studio were the highlights of the hardware side, Microsoft unveiled an interesting change to its Windows operating system. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Microsoft is embracing Android as the mobile version of Windows," 3 Oct. 2018 These are the highlights of live sports events on television for Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15. Stephen Ruiz, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Weekend sports TV listings," 14 July 2018 Image Michelle Buteau is another explosive New York comic who has been the highlight of many local shows without ever getting a big break. Jason Zinoman, New York Times, "A Netflix Experiment Gives Deserving Comics Their 15 Minutes," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The article also highlights one couple who had a totally different approach to a Game of Thrones–inspired baby name. Glamour, "Game of Thrones–Inspired Baby Names Are on the Rise," 30 Apr. 2019 Are sunshiney-blonde highlights a stretch, Natalie? Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Natalie Portman's Hair Is Super Short Now and Looks Amazing in a Bob," 30 Apr. 2019 Meanwhile, connections between homosexuality and communism were highlighted, as a special investigator told the two-man committee that gays were a common sight at communist meetings monitored by the Washington, D.C., police. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "The United States Government's Anti-Gay Lavender Scare, Explained," 26 Apr. 2019 Now in its 19th iteration, LOOT highlights the best in contemporary jewelry design—and gives a platform to emerging designers from across the world. Vogue, "The Museum of Arts and Design Celebrated Contemporary—And Quirky—Jewelry at the LOOT Opening Party," 9 Apr. 2019 Kate's visit highlights a new pilot program for young Scouts aged four to six. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Wears a J.Crew Sweater and Combat Boots for an Outdoor Event," 28 Mar. 2019 The chronology, which takes nine-tenths of a mile to unfold, highlights the region’s geological formation, natural habitats, Bedouin culture, and early coastal settlements and their pearl trade. Julie Lasky, ELLE Decor, "ED First Look: The National Museum of Qatar," 26 Mar. 2019 Looking at an element will apparently highlight it. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft launches HoloLens 2 with a strong business bent," 24 Feb. 2019 Slow roast grounds with vegetables and meat to highlight their earthiness, and pair them with chocolate in brownies and overnight oats to tame their bitterness. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "16 Recipes That Prove Ground Coffee Makes a Delicious Seasoning," 21 Mar. 2019

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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 How to pronounce highlight (audio) \

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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