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 Its highlight is an enormous parade of skiers and boarders decked out in Pride flags and costumes, slaloming down the mountain, and then marching through Whistler Village. Miles Griffis, Outside Online, "The 2020 LGBTQ+ Ski Guide," 27 Nov. 2019 Of course, some of our highlights put the emphasis on the otherwise, since not everyone is looking for a new iPad or external battery. Benjamin Levin, CNN Underscored, "Shave off an additional 20% on these Black Friday deals with "BFSAVE20"," 27 Nov. 2019 Zuccarello, arguably the most beloved Rangers player in recent memory, was honored by the organization with a video tribute in which some of his highlights from the past decade were replayed. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, "Wild lose in Mats Zuccarello’s return to Madison Square Garden," 25 Nov. 2019 For brighter pops of color, Toth suggests asking for a touch of purple in your highlights and for balayage on your ends. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "Raspberry Bourbon Hair Is the Perfect Way to Try Red This Season," 21 Nov. 2019 Matanovic said his favorite personal highlight was catching a 75-yard touchdown pass in the season opener against Lincoln-Way West. Bob Narang, chicagotribune.com, "Hersey WR Jimmy Matanovic looking for something more after Huskies end state playoff run in a Class 7A second-round loss to Lake Zurich," 11 Nov. 2019 His highlight runs brings back memories of former Chaparral great Davonte' Neal during his junior year. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Leading candidates for Arizona high school football Player of the Year," 5 Nov. 2019 Sexton said when asked if that was one of his top highlights in his career. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers’ youngsters grow up in 117-111 win against Chicago Bulls: Chris Fedor’s instant analysis," 31 Oct. 2019 Sanders had a 64-yard touchdown reception from Case Keenum, but that wasn’t his best highlight. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "Broncos Insider: Looking back at Emmanuel Sanders’ best performances in a Denver uniform," 23 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb His remarks come as the fast-moving impeachment inquiry into Trump has highlighted the deep partisanship in Congress, with Democrats sharply scrutinizing the president's actions and Republicans staunchly defending him. Dartunorro Clark, NBC News, "Former GOP Rep. says some Republicans secretly 'disgusted' by Trump's behavior," 29 Nov. 2019 The president’s daily news conferences highlight how much one man represents Mexico’s government. Washington Post, "AMLO is Mexico’s strongest president in decades. Some say he’s too strong.," 29 Nov. 2019 Each one provided feedback on departmental progress, highlighted a patient success story, and gave a shout-out to providers who followed the protocol. Alister Martin, STAT, "Changing emergency doctors’ behaviors to promote wider use of medication for opioid use disorder," 27 Nov. 2019 This highlighting palette comes with four shades with a buildable metallic formula. Alexis Rhiannon, Allure, "Ulta's Surprise Thanksgiving Sale Is What We're Thankful for This Year," 27 Nov. 2019 Continuing her love of Black culture, Ross recently launched her own beauty/hair care line, ‘Pattern’ highlighting all the beautiful hair textures of people of color. Ashley Mcdonough, Essence, "These 10 Celebrities Are Earning Big, While Side-Hustling Like The Rest Of Us," 26 Nov. 2019 Holmes wrote in the post's caption, highlighting the feminist vibes that apparently permeated the shoot. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Fans Praise Katie Holmes’ Unedited Stretch Marks After She Posts Blazer and Bra Photo," 26 Nov. 2019 Each fall the Nantou Global Tea Expo highlights tea artisans from across Asia with a multitude of activities that include tea brewing, tea tasting, and even an organic tea pavilion. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian, "How to Tea-Taste Your Way Through Taiwan," 26 Nov. 2019 This October, even Uber announced a series of financial services, highlighting that the ride-hailing firm may become a player in the payments industry. Antony Jenkins, Quartz, "The demise of the traditional banking model is actually good news for all of us," 26 Nov. 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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The first known use of highlight was in 1658

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Last Updated

2 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Highlight.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/highlighted. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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