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 However, the Wallace’s were gracious enough to send us a few snaps and a gorgeous highlight reel from their celebration. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Exclusive: Jemele Hill and Ian Wallace's California Wedding Paid Homage To Their Detroit Roots," 11 Nov. 2019 In the third quarter, Jackson pulled off a 360-degree spin move during his 47-yard touchdown run, among the best in his growing highlight reel of dashing past befuddled defenders. Joe Kay, The Denver Post, "Lamar Jackson dazzles as Ravens rout winless Bengals 49-13," 10 Nov. 2019 Jackson also scored on a highlight-reel dash in the third quarter, leaving Bengals defenders strewn about the field on an electric 47-yard run. Pat Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens hand Cincinnati Bengals 49-13 loss," 10 Nov. 2019 Golladay has been a consistent performer in the Lions’ 2019 highlight reel, taking his game up a level after some growing pains in his second season a year ago. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "Bears Sunday storylines: Defending Mitch Trubisky’s TV comments, Kenny Golladay’s Pro Bowl hopes and an eviction notice at Club Dub," 8 Nov. 2019 The highlight-reel play helped FSU pull away for the win. Luis Torres, orlandosentinel.com, "10 things we learned from FSU’s win at Boston College," 8 Nov. 2019 The Duchess of Cambridge looked blonder than ever, with bright caramel highlights making up most of her color and only hints of medium brown poking through. Marci Robin, Allure, "Kate Middleton Just Highlighted Her Hair Again, and She’s Blonder Than Ever," 10 Oct. 2019 Despite the fact that only half of the matches were announced coming in, and many of the results seemed random, the show was a fairly light, entertaining night with some major highlights. Aaron Oster, baltimoresun.com, "WWE’s Hell in a Cell ending draws ire of fans," 7 Oct. 2019 Back in 2009, Lady Gaga attended the MTV VMAs with pink highlights in her trademark blonde hair. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga Has Bubblegum Pink Hair and I'm Booking a Hair Appointment Right Now," 5 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This year the awards ceremony, now in its 40th year, partnered with nonprofit disability services provider Easterseals to highlight its honorees, as well as to celebrate the 100th year anniversary of Easterseals. Molly Wright, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Peanut Butter Falcon,' 'The Good Doctor' Creatives on Disability Representation in Hollywood: "I'm Optimistic"," 16 Nov. 2019 Space Vizzion Concept, the latest prototype to highlight the brand's plan to introduce electric models. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "Prepare for 'wow!': These 3 hot SUVs could blow the doors off the LA Auto Show," 15 Nov. 2019 Turkey has used Bassam’s case to highlight its demand that Western countries take back their citizens who joined the Islamic State and have been detained by Turkish forces. BostonGlobe.com, "ISIS Suspect Trapped at Turkish-Greek Border Is to Be Deported to U.S. - The Boston Globe," 15 Nov. 2019 Garner teamed up with Walmart in October to help launch the Walmart Community Table, and met with Walmart workers to highlight dishes that are meaningful to them. Mary Honkus, PEOPLE.com, "Jennifer Garner and Ina Garten Reunite to Cook a Thanksgiving Meal for a Good Cause," 15 Nov. 2019 To highlight earlier experiences without presenting too much information, consider the byline technique. Dear Sam | Expert Resume, al, "How to build an engaging resume before applying for your dream job," 15 Nov. 2019 In this video, Monáe talks about using her platform to highlight the issues that are important to her. Briana Younger, The New Yorker, "Janelle Monáe on Privilege and Survival," 14 Nov. 2019 The dishes that Techamuanvivit thinks should be piquant are just going to be like that, and the dishes that are meant to highlight cooling fruit flavors and textures are just as thrilling. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Bold and fearless, Nari is SF’s most exciting new restaurant," 14 Nov. 2019 The study that Rickne and her colleagues published is not the first to highlight the personal penalty that women often face for professional ambition and success. Josie Cox, Quartz, "Women still sacrifice personal happiness for professional brilliance," 11 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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18 Nov 2019

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The first known use of highlight was in 1658

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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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