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

Kate Middleton and Prince William's two-day royal visit to Northern Ireland featured so many highlights, including some rare PDA by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Just Explained What It's Like Being a "Princess"," 2 Mar. 2019 Wagner’s top-of-the-highlight reel moments may be more sparse than that of some of the other Seahawks standouts, but the man is a film-room star. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "Is Bobby Wagner the most underappreciated superstar in Seattle sports history?," 20 Feb. 2019 To name a few highlights, she's starred in her own HGTV show, launched a massive business that turned Waco, Texas into a major tourist destination, designed a home decor line with Target, and even wrote a design book. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "Joanna Gaines Has A Brilliant Secret For Getting Kids To Share A Bedroom," 26 Dec. 2018 On the outside, the McLaren 6T has a fluorescent orange highlight along the bottom edge of the phone’s frame, and a glossy black finish with a carbon fiber pattern weave under the back glass. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "The most expensive OnePlus phone ever," 11 Dec. 2018 The service is a major highlight, with ginger-mint lemonade, a cold towel, and a lei offered at check-in. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Resorts in Hawaii: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Such calls for unity also highlight, say others, that after 20 years, factions in the Islamic Republic are increasingly unable to cooperate on solving the country’s problems. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Iran protests: why Rouhani's foes are backing off their hard line," 2 July 2018 Anyone searching in Spanish for a match or score will receive highlights, major moments, winning probabilities and lineups. Alyssa Newcomb /, NBC News, "How to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup if you can't make it to Russia," 14 June 2018 Menu highlights included oysters with decorative flowers, lamb keema, and avocado bhel puri. Zachary Schwartz, Vogue, "Prabal Gurung Breaks Naan With Fashion’s Finest at His Post-Show Dinner," 11 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Average tax refunds rebounded after a weak start to the tax-filing season, according to Internal Revenue Service data released Thursday that was highlighted by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "Tax Refunds Bounce Back After Slow Start," 28 Feb. 2019 Step 2: Add a vampy mauve shade around the outer corners of your lids for a bit of ~drama~. Get help with your pink smokey eye from this tutorial: Step 3: Use a pearly hue to highlight your cheekbones, forehead, nose, cupid's bow, and chin. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "5 Snapchat Filter Halloween Costumes You Should Rock IRL," 8 Aug. 2018 And the two approaches highlight a debate within the Democratic Party — one that’s playing out around the nation — on how to reshape the health-care system. Joseph O’sullivan, The Seattle Times, "Should the Legislature bring universal health care to Washington?," 19 Feb. 2019 The issue has highlighted the fragility of major airports when presented with unauthorized drones. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Rogue Drone Sighting Shut Down All Fights at Dubai International," 15 Feb. 2019 Lakefield: Stacking chips to enable thinner, lighter PCs In December, Intel’s Architecture Day highlighted what might have seemed at the time just another way to build chips, without any impact on the real world. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel reveals its 10nm Ice Lake Core and stacked Lakefield CPUs, and 'Project Athena' for laptops," 7 Jan. 2019 These themes highlight the trends that led the world of gadgets this year, as nostalgia continues to influence products while simultaneously being a reflection of our bleak times. Dami Lee, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Gadgets," 30 Dec. 2018 This year, the Queen highlighted a number of family photos in her speech, many of which focused on key moments from the royal family's busy year. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Queen Elizabeth Displayed Six Special Royal Family Photos During Her Christmas Broadcast," 28 Dec. 2018 When other girls on my floor gently inquired about my mother's whereabouts, my veiled response and their horrified reactions highlighted the chasm between our realities. Anonymous, Good Housekeeping, "I Had to Choose Between Safety and My Mother," 21 Dec. 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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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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