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 Colbert is not ranked on major recruiting outlets such as ESPN and 247sports.com, but a highlight reel on a 2019-20 Hudl page connected to Colbert shows him knocking down shots at the rim and beyond the arc. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville basketball lands commitment from Ohio walk-on guard Brad Colbert," 17 Mar. 2020 Kiner's seemingly weekly highlight reel led Roger Bacon to new heights. Shelby Dermer, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati high school sports: 10 best moments from 2019-20 season," 16 Mar. 2020 The ads themselves serve as a 90-second highlight reel recapping each rally, carefully curated by the campaign to air in local markets. Will Steakin, ABC News, "Trump campaign turning MAGA rallies into slick, locally targeted TV ads," 2 Mar. 2020 Mathias has also logged nine innings at shortstop and made a highlight-reel play there earlier in the week. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mark Mathias has stepped out of his comfort zone this spring — and is impressing," 29 Feb. 2020 Brad Marchand provided a highlight-reel shorthanded goal in the second period, tying the score at 1, but the Bruins gave up two strikes to Sean Monahan in 72 seconds. Matt Porter, BostonGlobe.com, "Bruins’ effort against Flames ‘clearly not good enough’," 25 Feb. 2020 Seguin had two assists on Sunday in Ottawa a night after scoring twice in Montreal, including the highlight-reel game-winner in overtime. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Anton Khudobin says Senators forward Brady Tkachukis is ‘too young to dive’ after Stars overtime loss," 17 Feb. 2020 The latest entry in his highlight reel: a cameo in the commercial for Coca Cola’s new energy drink alongside Oscar-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese, and producer, director and actor Jonah Hill, set to air at this Sunday’s Super Bowl (Feb. 2). Adelle Platon, Billboard, "YBN Cordae on Starring in Coca Cola Energy's Super Bowl Spot: Exclusive," 31 Jan. 2020 Guardian News put together a highlight reel of some of Jones’ best bits over the years with Monty Python. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Drones for business are still barely getting off the ground," 24 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Future plans highlight children, travel and variety. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope," 22 Mar. 2020 It will also be highlighted at the luncheon that Land Tejas donated their 17th lot to the Benefit Homes Project with this homesite in Sierra Vista. Houston Chronicle, "HistoryMaker and GHBA to host vendor luncheon," 21 Mar. 2020 But a closer reading of Easterling and Shouse's statements highlight some odd discrepancies. cincinnati.com, "Death, lies and uranium: How an Ohio man’s mysterious disappearance in 1984 still haunts family, friends," 17 Mar. 2020 These studies – and others – highlight the enduring racial stereotypes that inform people’s perceptions of rap music. Erik Nielson, The Conversation, "Prosecutors are increasingly – and misleadingly – using rap lyrics as evidence in court," 17 Mar. 2020 In the Seattle area—which has become the epicenter of the outbreak in the U.S.—two school districts highlight the problems that arise with online education, even in districts relatively well equipped to make the transition. Katie Reilly, Time, "As Schools Close Amid Coronavirus Concerns, the Digital Divide Leaves Some Students Behind," 15 Mar. 2020 Although the risk of new armed conflict is low, a series of mutinies by former rebel soldiers in 2017 and pockets of violence during the 2018 local polls highlight a residual potential for instability. David Bruckmeier, Quartz Africa, "Côte d’Ivoire’s president rules out a third term, but it’s no guarantee elections won’t get messy," 13 Mar. 2020 Articles often highlight when female CEOs curse, yell and show anger or bawdiness, because the shock value is higher than when male CEOs demonstrate these behaviours. Cait Munro, refinery29.com, "The Dream Of The Perfect Female Founder Is Dead — But That’s Okay," 13 Mar. 2020 But the plan does highlight priority areas for R&D investment, including electric vehicles, space technology, and nuclear fusion. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "UK cues up big funding increases for R&D," 11 Mar. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'highlight.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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

24 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Highlight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/highlight. Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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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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