high·​light·​er | \ ˈhī-ˌlī-tər How to pronounce highlighter (audio) \

Definition of highlighter

: a pen with a broad felt tip and brightly colored transparent ink for marking selected passages in a text

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Items needed include backpacks, calculators, pencils, erasers, ruled paper, binders, graphing paper, composition books and highlighters. Wendy Grove, Glendale News-Press, "GCC: ‘Pack-A-Backpack’ drive continues at Glendale Community College," 9 Sep. 2019 Kylie matched her entire outfit to her highlighter kicks just for this photo op. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Kylie Jenner Wears New Adidas Sneaker From Their '90s Revival Ozweego Collection," 5 Aug. 2019 From the welcome desk’s Seussian floral centerpiece to its array of highlighter-green goodie bags, In Bloom had a spring fling energy from the get-go. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "At Portland’s “Weed Prom,” Women Gathered to Celebrate and Strategize," 11 July 2019 Now there's highlighter—a whole lot of it—and finding your perfect highlighting powder, strobe cream, or glow stick is a little like Goldilocks testing out porridge. Glamour, "18 Highlighters That’ll Give You Next-Level Cheekbones," 17 June 2019 RMS Beauty Living Luminizer Courtesy RMS Beauty Living Luminizer, $38 SHOP IT Markle isn't a blinding highlighter kind of lady—something a bit more sleek and subtle is her style. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "I Tried Meghan Markle’s Favorite Beauty Products—Here’s What’s Worth Your Money," 24 May 2019 There's also a creamy golden highlighter called Tetris Life, and five makeup brushes. Marci Robin, Allure, "Ipsy’s Upcoming Tetris Makeup Collection Celebrates the Video Game’s 35th Anniversary," 18 May 2019 On West Coast–based Glambot in the US, shoppers can find Giorgio Armani’s Chinese New Year highlighter palette with ‘80 percent fill’ remaining for $44.50 instead of the original $89. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "You Might Want to Think Twice Before Using Secondhand Makeup," 22 Aug. 2019 Governance and management structure WeWork's governance section is a key area to take a highlighter to, experts say. Anne Sraders, Fortune, "5 Things to Watch For as You Read WeWork’s IPO Filing," 14 Aug. 2019

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1963, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of highlighter

: a special pen with brightly colored ink that you can see through


high·​light·​er | \ ˈhī-ˌlī-tər How to pronounce highlighter (audio) \

Kids Definition of highlighter

: a pen with a wide felt tip and brightly colored ink for marking text on a page so that it stands out clearly

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