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highlight

noun high·light \ ˈhī-ˌlīt \

Definition of highlight

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

Examples of highlight in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of highlight

1658

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highlight

verb

Definition of highlight

highlighted; highlighting
transitive verb
1 :to throw a strong light on
  • highlighting featured merchandise on the shelves
2 a :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.
3 a :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 a computer screen
  • highlighted the sentence and deleted it

Examples of highlight in a Sentence

  1. Unfortunately, the media insisted upon highlighting his troubled past.

  2. Our trip was highlighted by a great jazz concert we attended.

  3. The students highlighted important vocabulary words in their textbooks.

  4. Important names and dates in each chapter are highlighted.

Recent Examples of highlight from the Web

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First Known Use of highlight

1881


HIGHLIGHT Defined for English Language Learners

highlight

noun

Definition of highlight for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of highlight for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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highlight

noun high·light \ ˈhī-ˌlīt \

Definition of highlight for Students

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

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highlight

verb

Definition of highlight for Students

highlighted; highlighting
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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