highlight

noun
high·​light | \ˈhī-ˌlīt \

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

Now her maintenance is relatively easy — usually foil, a partial highlight, which takes care of the hair in her crown area. Marci Robin, Allure, "This Super-Long Ombré Hair Transformation Is a Feat of Color-Correction Magic," 13 Nov. 2018 Another highlight: Madelaine Petsch is of course playing the teenage Penelope Blossom, and playing her murderous-husband-to-be Clifford? Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "See the Riverdale Cast Playing Their Parents In The Halloween Flashback Episode," 18 Oct. 2018 Series like Guardians of the Galaxy were largely forgettable, but there were plenty of highlights. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "How The Walking Dead studio changed video game storytelling for the better," 24 Sep. 2018 Here’s our look at some of the highlights: Forza Motorsport 7 Standard Edition is $30 down from its MSRP of $60, and the Ultimate Edition of the game is $50, a 50 percent discount from its $100 MSRP. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "These are the best PC deals in the Xbox Ultimate Game Sale," 19 July 2018 Stay tuned here for live updates and highlights of goals and key plays from throughout the match (refresh for most recent updates). Avi Creditor, SI.com, "LIVE: Croatia, England Vie for Place in World Cup Final vs. France," 11 July 2018 Here, a non-exhaustive last look at some of the highlights. Vogue, "From Ana Khouri to Tasaki, A Survey of Couture Week’s Coolest Jewels," 9 July 2018 Indeed, low-stakes group finales between teams who've failed to qualify for the knockout stage have a way of producing plenty of highlights. Brett Martel, chicagotribune.com, "Panama, Tunisia face last chance to win in Russia 2018," 27 June 2018 The offense did flash at times, though, and one of the highlights was Rush connecting with Cole Beasley for a touchdown. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "5 takeaways from Day 2 of Cowboys' minicamp," 13 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This is something that has been repeatedly highlighted, not only by Pompeo, but other high-profile white actresses such as Frances McDormand and Jessica Chastain. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "The comments came as Pompeo criticized Porter magazine’s lack of diversity during a panel discussion.," 20 Nov. 2018 Yet operation of those older systems was highlighted in training over the years, and pilots had to memorize steps to counteract potentially dangerous unintended consequences. Andrew Tangel, WSJ, "Boeing Withheld Information on 737 Model, According to Safety Experts and Others," 12 Nov. 2018 Today's list is highlighted by a one-day Amazon gold box sale dedicated to Logitech accessories, including a handful of mice, speakers, and keyboards. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: Take up to 30% off a bunch of Logitech accessories," 6 Nov. 2018 The makeup was highlighted by dangling circular earrings that nearly reached the pop star's jawline. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Wore a Twisted Bun During a Shopping Trip," 22 Oct. 2018 Although there are no views from the top of Flat Top, the rugged journey is highlighted by the Old Stagecoach Trail lined with stone walls. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "10 Miles Of Trails Open 7 Days A Week, 52 Weeks A Year. Sherman's Deer Pond Farm Makes Its Debut," 13 July 2018 Solo instruments and instrumental sections were artificially highlighted. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Review: The Hollywood Bowl turns up the heat for Leonard Bernstein celebration — sometimes too high," 11 July 2018 That chaos was highlighted Tuesday by the government’s struggle to comply with the court order in San Diego to reunite children under 5 with their families. New York Times, "As Migrant Families Are Reunited, Some Children Don’t Recognize Their Mothers," 10 July 2018 Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration later sent out high-priority safety warnings highlighting that the problem occurred. Andrew Tangel, WSJ, "Southwest Replaced Flight-Control Sensors of the Kind Implicated in Lion Air Crash," 15 Nov. 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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The first known use of highlight was in 1658

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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 \

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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