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spotlight

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noun spot·light \ˈspät-ˌlīt\

Definition of spotlight

  1. 1a :  a projected spot of light used to illuminate brilliantly a person, object, or group on a stageb :  public notice or attention held the political spotlight

  2. 2a :  a light designed to direct a narrow intense beam of light on a small areab :  something that illuminates brilliantly

Examples of spotlight in a Sentence

  1. They aimed the spotlight at the center of the stage.

  2. A spotlight moved across the stage.

  3. The actor stood in the spotlight.

  4. a baseball star who hates the spotlight

  5. They're always in the spotlight.

  6. The news article turned the spotlight on the city's financial problems.

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First Known Use of spotlight

1904


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spotlight

verb spot·light

Definition of spotlight

spotlighted

or

-lit

;

spotlighting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to illuminate with a spotlight

  3. 2 :  to direct attention to :  highlight

Examples of spotlight in a Sentence

  1. She was spotlighted as she sang her solo.

  2. The news spotlighted the city's financial problems.

First Known Use of spotlight

1907



SPOTLIGHT Defined for English Language Learners

spotlight

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noun

Definition of spotlight for English Language Learners

  • : a device that directs a narrow, bright beam of light on a small area

  • : the area of light created by a spotlight

  • the spotlight : public attention or notice

spotlight

verb

Definition of spotlight for English Language Learners

  • : to shine a spotlight on (someone or something)

  • : to give special attention to (something)


SPOTLIGHT Defined for Kids

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spotlight

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noun spot·light \ˈspät-ˌlīt\

Definition of spotlight for Students

  1. 1 :  a spot of light used to show up a particular area, person, or thing (as on a stage)

  2. 2 :  public notice She's a celebrity but doesn't like the spotlight.

  3. 3 :  a lamp used to direct a narrow strong beam of light on a small area


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spotlight

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verb spot·light

Definition of spotlight for Students

spotlighted

or

spotlit

\ˈspät-ˌlit\;

spotlighting

  1. 1 :  to light up with or as if with a spotlight

  2. 2 :  to bring to public attention



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