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

Note that these are just highlights; Stream On Demand will be keeping an eye out for other notable films and TV shows that arrive through the month. Sean Axmaker, The Seattle Times, "New on Amazon in April 2019: ‘A Quiet Place,’ ‘Book Club,’ ‘Bosch,’ ‘The Tick’," 29 Mar. 2019 These segments—tracking wildlife through harsh conditions or taking a trip through the canyons for some herbs—were the highlights of my attempt to live a similarly simple digital life through RDR II. Daniel Starkey, Ars Technica, "Red Dead Redemption II review: Getting muddy in the wide-open frontier," 25 Oct. 2018 This and Regina King winning for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for Seven Seconds were definitely the winning highlights of the night. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Emmys 2018 Best Moments: 12 Unforgettable Things You Need to Know About," 17 Sep. 2018 Of course, there were some highlights to the collection. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Kylie Jenner Has A $27K Purse for 6-Month-Old Stormi Webster," 15 Aug. 2018 Those would be a few highlights of our recent photo tour of tiny Port Townsend, Washington, a remote two-hour getaway from Seattle. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Port Townsend, Washington: Victorian paradise in the Pacific Northwest," 12 July 2018 Below are highlights from our conversation, edited and condensed for clarity. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "Jon Hassell at 81: Visionary Composer-Trumpeter Reflects on a Half Century of Music on His Own Terms," 28 June 2018 Speakers were the highlights, as the Vernon Community Network held its annual meeting at the Cornerstone Foundation on June 1. Steve Smith, Courant Community, "Speakers Highlight VCN Annual Meeting," 21 June 2018 The women’s matches sometimes feel forced, or rushed, but the four women’s matches, particularly the Bliss cash-in, were all highlights of the card. 11. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "The Key Takeaways From WWE's Money in the Bank," 18 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The engagements highlight the positive work in Oxford supporting the needs of children, youth and adults. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Is Wearing an "Invictus Games Daddy" Shirt in the Hague Today," 9 May 2019 During its unveiling of the Pixel 3a at its I/O Developer’s Conference Tuesday, Google highlighted several of the $399 phone’s best features: Night Sight, Call Screen, and of course, the price. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "PSA: The Pixel 3a isn’t getting the same unlimited Google Photos storage as the Pixel 3," 8 May 2019 But the enormous international interest in a criminal trial with global ramifications has highlighted the difficulty in enforcing such orders in the digital world. Rod Mcguirk, The Seattle Times, "Australian reporters charged over Pell gag order violations," 26 Mar. 2019 Unfortunately, a case from Germany has highlighted the potential pitfalls involved with using such a product, when Amazon accidentally sent a man 1,700 Alexa voice recordings of another user by mistake, according to German magazine c’t. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Amazon sent 1,700 Alexa voice recordings to the wrong user following data request," 20 Dec. 2018 Phillips has highlighted the work of Teal Swan, a spiritual guru whose controversial views on suicide became the subject of an investigative Gizmodo podcast. Justine Harman, Glamour, "These Self-Help Gurus Might Not Have Have Formal Training—But They Promise to Change Your Life," 20 Dec. 2018 And the Kavanaugh hearings has just highlighted how important this election is for them. Fox News, "McConnell on marshalling the votes to confirm Kavanaugh," 7 Oct. 2018 But the financial troubles of the coal-mining industry have highlighted the risks involved with self-bonding in a way that previous operations have not. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "As coal stalls, Wyoming considers new environmental clean-up rules," 20 Sep. 2018 The article also highlights one couple who had a totally different approach to a Game of Thrones–inspired baby name. Glamour, "Game of Thrones–Inspired Baby Names Are on the Rise," 30 Apr. 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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