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

Like a lot of All-Stars, Smith said the highlight was watching the Home Run Derby. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants’ Madison Bumgarner cleared to face Brewers on Saturday night," 12 July 2019 For anyone else, a few blonde highlights wouldn't be that noticeable. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Angelina Jolie Dyed Her Hair a Gorgeous Shade of Chocolate Brown," 12 July 2019 The highlight occurred when the game was decided as Fall slammed home back-to-back dunks, including one out of a timeout, sending the crowd into a frenzy. Gary Washburn, BostonGlobe.com, "Grant Williams scores 21 points as Celtics rout Grizzlies," 12 July 2019 Mac Quast added one final highlight in the final seconds that showed his full skill set to the college coaches in attendance. Bob Narang, chicagotribune.com, "Mac Quast, Ryan Isaacson give Hinsdale Central plenty of size in the paint," 11 July 2019 The track usually plays host to some of horse racing's finest fixtures -- with the Prix du Jockey Club and the Prix de Diane Longines being the highlights. CNN, "Global Champions Tour: Chantilly offers magical backdrop to spectacle," 11 July 2019 Among them are these highlights: Monkey's Tail debuted in Midtown, 5802 Fulton Street, on the Fourth of July. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "Houston restaurants that recently opened in your neighborhood, July 2019," 11 July 2019 One of the night’s highlights is likely to be the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage to Bill Russell, the activist and Boston Celtics legend. Hal Boedeker, orlandosentinel.com, "ESPYS attract U.S. women’s soccer team, Bill Russell, Billie Jean King," 9 July 2019 His work with Sir David Adjaye on the National Museum of African-American History and Culture, which opened in 2016, was considered a career highlight. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Phil Freelon, architect of National Museum of African-American History and Culture, dies," 9 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Angels then battered Seattle starter Mike Leake in a surreal seven-run, eight-hit first inning highlighted by Trout, who has been relentless at the plate ever since Skaggs' death. Greg Beacham, Houston Chronicle, "Angels throw no-hitter in 1st home game since Tyler Skaggs' death," 13 July 2019 That possibility is highlighted by five-star center N’Faly Dante and 247Sports four-star wing Addison Patterson, the No. 1 prep prospect in Canada. oregonlive.com, "Shakur Juiston, nation’s No. 3 immediately eligible transfer, commits to Oregon Ducks," 12 July 2019 Hill said the project highlights the history of the Garfield district and how residents are feeling about its future. Elizabeth Montgomery, azcentral, "High school graduates of azcentral's media innovation camp explore gentrification in Garfield district," 4 July 2019 The top-40 ranked players in the ATP and WTA tours have all entered the tournament, highlighted by nine past W&S Open champions, 12 players who have been ranked No. 1 in the world, and 17 major champions. Adam Baum, Cincinnati.com, "World's top tennis players will be competing at the 2019 Western & Southern Open in Mason," 3 July 2019 Sure, the second half of the season is heavy on division games, highlighted by both Steelers contests and a Ravens matchup coming in the year’s final two months, but the real obstacle course of the season comes in the year’s first eight games. Dan Labbe, cleveland.com, "What does the Browns record need to be in the season’s first half? Cleveland Browns 19 questions," 2 July 2019 Ryan, who is running for the Democratic nomination for president, said The Vindicator highlights local success stories and holds government official accountable. Brian Stelter, CNN, "In Youngstown, Ohio, the local paper celebrated its 150th year in business. Now it's closing," 30 June 2019 This year, organizers are also highlighting the contributions of young performing artists from the area, Iglow said. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "New restaurants, local entertainers featured at 2019 Taste of Park Ridge," 27 June 2019 Ben Swimm says one of the market highlights is the addition of Vang’s Fresh Food. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Locally grown zucchini and broccoli? Summer heat brings them early.," 27 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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15 Jul 2019

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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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