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

Here are highlights of live sports events on television and radio in South Florida for the coming days. Brett Shweky, sun-sentinel.com, "Sports on TV Friday in South Florida: Missing football yet? Check out Montreal-Edmonton in CFL’s opening week," 14 June 2019 From musical performances to living legends winning their first ever Tony to emotional speeches, here are the highlights from the 73rd annual Tony Awards. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "The best moments of the 2019 Tony Awards," 10 June 2019 Here are a few highlights from the indie-heavy event. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "E3’s first VR-exclusive gaming press conference was actually pretty rad," 10 June 2019 The highlights of the book are Segal’s stories, many of which were originally published in The New Yorker. Madeleine Schwartz, Harper's magazine, "Warm, Weird, Effervescent," 10 June 2019 Here are the highlights of the merger: ■ The deal is an all-stock transaction, forming a company that would have about $74 billion in revenue this year, trailing only Boeing in the market for military and aerospace products and services. Larry Edelman, BostonGlobe.com, "Raytheon merger won’t mean big layoffs, United Technologies CEO says," 10 June 2019 Here are the highlights from the quarter, which Yuan and other executives discussed in further details with analysts on—what else—a Zoom video call after the close of regular trading. Michelle Cheng, Quartz at Work, "Investors saw much to love in Zoom’s first earnings report as a public company," 7 June 2019 Here are the other highlights of Das’s first policy announcement since the 2019 general elections, coming ahead of the new Narendra Modi government’s first budget expected in July. Nupur Anand, Quartz India, "India’s central bank chips in a third straight time to help revive the economy," 6 June 2019 Here are the highlights: A growing body of research supports the idea that patients’ mental health affects their physical outcomes. Aneri Pattani, https://www.inquirer.com, "Nearly half of men hospitalized with physical injuries develop depression or PTSD, study suggests," 6 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Frye and other advocates said the case highlights the poor conditions immigrants are held in after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border as the government deals with an unprecedented number of families and children arriving daily. Washington Post, "Doctors will conduct health checks at facility with preemie," 15 June 2019 Many people, including his parents, were happy to see his story highlighted. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Ferndale hairstylist explains how he's pulling in $280K per year," 15 June 2019 Frye and other advocates say the case highlights the poor conditions immigrants are held in after crossing the border at a time when the government is dealing with an unprecedented number of families and children who are arriving each day. Garance Burke, Fortune, "Premature Baby Found in Border Patrol Facility in Texas," 14 June 2019 Frye and other advocates say the case highlights the poor conditions immigrants are held in after crossing the border at a time when the government is dealing with an unprecedented number of families and children who are arriving each day. NBC News, "Premature baby found in Border Patrol facility in Texas," 14 June 2019 The Warren campaign hopes that the Democratic debates at the end of June will further highlight the robustness of her platform. Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New Yorker, "Can Elizabeth Warren Win It All?," 14 June 2019 As part of the exhibition, the Cause Collective will also be presenting a documentary on their recent tour through Mexico and highlighting a selection of videos from participants there. Maddie Burakoff, Smithsonian, "A Globe-Trotting, Truth-Seeking Art Project Looks For Answers in D.C.," 14 June 2019 The sinking on Sunday highlighted the risk of conflict arising from Chinese boats swarming the waters near the Philippines, Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said in a tweet late Wednesday. Niharika Mandhana, WSJ, "Philippines Demands Answers From China After Boat Sunk in Hit-and-Run," 13 June 2019 The fair will highlight the plant and animal life found on the 6,800-acre Fermilab site in Batavia, officials said. Michelle Mullins, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin News Digest," 7 June 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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