highlight

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

Definition of highlight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : something (such as an event or detail) that is of major significance or special interest Visiting the Alps was a highlight of their trip to Europe.
b : a summary of the most significant or interesting parts of something (such as a completed sporting event) presented typically on a television broadcast usually pluralwatched highlights of the night's games
2 : a spot or area that is lighter than surrounding spots or areas: such as
a : the lightest part or one of the lightest parts of a painting, drawing, etc. especially : one that depicts the areas of the subject receiving the greatest amount of illumination added highlights to the painting used white pencil for the highlights and charcoal for the shadows
b : a lighter area of the hair specifically : such an area created artificially (as through the application of chemical substances) usually plural brown hair with blond highlights

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 This reception -- the season’s most spectacular -- will be on his highlight tape forever. Dallas News, "10 plays that shaped the Cowboys’ season: From Dak Prescott’s injury to instant highlight reels," 13 Jan. 2021 Texas guard Andrew Jones provided another highlight for himself and the program. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "As West Virginia deals with COVID-19 issues, Texas remains wary ahead of matchup with Tech," 12 Jan. 2021 Entrees such as a winter biryani highlight multiple kinds of root vegetables and greens, joining hearty soups and ample small plates like Brussels sprouts bathed in a Sichuan peppercorn vinaigrette. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "11 vegetable-centric takeout options from Bay Area restaurants for New Year’s health kicks," 12 Jan. 2021 Browns and highlight why Cleveland shouldn’t be counted out. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "Browns vs. Chiefs preview: Why Cleveland matches up well with the Super Bowl champs," 11 Jan. 2021 And the season highlight was watching my 6-year-old son, Anse, learn the ropes. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, "10 Lessons from the 2020 Deer Season," 5 Jan. 2021 DeVonta Smith three of Mac Jones’ four touchdown passes and Najee Harris ran for 125 yards with a high-hurdling highlight the win. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Live stream Inside the CFP (1/4) on ESPN+: How to watch exclusive, all-access content online," 4 Jan. 2021 The 31-year-old veteran quarterback had just caught the first touchdown pass of his storied NFL life, a highlight among many highlights in the Patriots’ season-ending rout of the Jets. Tara Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, "If that was Cam Newton’s last game with the Patriots, it wasn’t a bad way to go out," 4 Jan. 2021 Seconds later, James Bouknight made a steal and broke from the pack, making a graceful, near 360-degree spin in the air and dunking, a SportsCenter highlight. Dom Amore, courant.com, "Dunks steal the show, but for UConn men it starts and ends with Dan Hurley’s defense; plus more takeaways from the win over DePaul," 31 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The sobering figures highlight just how dire the situation is in the United States, particularly after a new, more contagious variant of the coronavirus emerged in several states. NBC News, "Covid live updates: Latest on vaccine distribution and rising U.S. Covid cases," 6 Jan. 2021 These and other data comparisons highlight the differences among the state’s most populated counties and metro areas, especially between the northern and southern parts of the state. Kellie Hwang, SFChronicle.com, "These charts compare the COVID surge in Southern California vs. the Bay Area," 31 Dec. 2020 The numbers highlight how Covid-19 has spawned other public health emergencies, as the social effects and officials’ failures to grapple with the pandemic bleed into every part of American life. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "The Year of Driving Less—but More Dangerously," 24 Dec. 2020 The sudden travel and export bans between the U.K. and the EU highlight the consequences of a potential no-deal Brexit looming at the end of the month. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, "Boris Johnson holds crisis meeting as UK coronavirus variant leads to travel bans and plunging stocks," 21 Dec. 2020 All-Star hitters Pete Alonso, Michael Conforto and Jeff McNeil highlight a promising core. Mike Fitzpatrick, courant.com, "Mets’ new GM excited by Cohen’s title expectations," 14 Dec. 2020 Other cases highlight the tribe’s history and prominent members along with historical tools and artifacts of traditional games. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pandemic helps give rise to Pala’s Asian Gaming Room," 13 Dec. 2020 Sharyn Jackson and Rick Nelson highlight the favorites of their weekly dining experiences. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week," 11 Dec. 2020 The discrepancies between the different data sources highlight the challenges in accurately tracking the number of deaths from the coronavirus. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, "Fact check: US COVID-19 deaths from Dec. 1-5 rival the toll from the Pearl Harbor attack," 10 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of highlight

Noun

1658, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Verb

1881, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of highlight was in 1658

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Last Updated

24 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Highlight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/highlight. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for highlight

highlight

noun
How to pronounce highlight (audio)

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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